American rapper Joseph Antonio Cartagena, better known by his stage moniker Fat Joe, was born in New York City on August 19, 1970.
As a member of the hip hop group Diggin’ in the Crates Crew (D.I.T.C. ), he started his musical career. Later, he went solo and established his own record label, Terror Squad, where he signed artists like Big Pun, Remy Ma, Tony Sunshine, Cuban Link, Armageddon, Prospect, Triple Seis, and the then-unknown DJ Khaled. He also discovered producers Cool & Dre through this label.
Represent, Fat Joe’s first solo album, came out in 1993 and featured the hit “Flow Joe,” which peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot Rap Songs list. Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) (2001), his most commercially successful album to date, was certified platinum by the RIAA and internationally certified silver by the BPI in addition to peaking in the top 100 on other music charts.
The songs “Lean Back” (2004; with Terror Squad), “What’s Luv?” (2002; with Ashanti and Ja Rule), “Make It Rain” (2006; with Lil Wayne), and “All the Way Up” are among his best-known works (2016; with Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Dre).
In addition to Happy Feet and Scary Movie 3, Fat Joe has also made appearances in Spike Lee’s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It. In 2018, he started a podcast on Tidal called Coca Vision where he interviews guests about friendships, music, and pop culture. In December 2019, he released his album Family Ties.
What is Fat Joe’s Net Worth?
Rapper and producer Fat Joe, who was born in New York, has a $4 million dollar fortune. Fat Joe pursued a lucrative solo career after making a reputation for himself in the early 1990s with the D.I.T.C Crew. He eventually launched Terror Squad, his own record label. Fat Joe has worked with some of the greatest names in the music business over the years. Fat Joe has made a number of film appearances aside from music.
In the New York City borough of the Bronx, where he was raised by parents of Cuban and Puerto Rican ancestry, Fat Joe was born Joseph Antonio Cartagena. Fat Joe started stealing as a child to help feed his family while he was growing up in the public housing complex known as the Forest Houses in the South Bronx community of Morrisania.
He also acknowledges that he bullied kids when he was younger. Hip hop music was introduced to him by his brother.
Fat Joe and Big Pun were detained on assault charges on September 8, 1998, for using a baseball bat to strike a guy and robbing him of his gold chain on June 14, 1998. When Joe was allegedly involved in a brawl with another man at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Times Square on May 12, 2002, the charges against him were later withdrawn on January 10, 2003.
Fat Joe has been cited as a witness in two homicide investigations:
Jose Mulero (commonly known as Sing Sing), Joe’s former bodyguard, was detained on September 17, 2004, for the shooting death of 16-year-old Ernesto Rivera at a Bronx nightclub on April 15, 1994. In response to a subpoena, Fat Joe claimed to have heard the gunfire and observed individuals running from the site, but detectives contended that he was really standing at a door closer to Mulero.
In connection with a Memorial Day double killing outside David’s Cafe II in South Beach, Miami Beach police have cited Fat Joe as a witness. Lessli Paz and Joey Navarro were killed that morning, allegedly by Jermaine Wufgang Chamberline of Miami Gardens. Fat Joe and the two victims were seated in a rented Cadillac Escalade that was parked outside the restaurant at the time of the altercation.
Fat Joe admitted guilt to tax evasion in December 2012 for failing to pay income tax on more than $3 million between 2007 and 2010. He received a four-month prison term for tax evasion on June 24, 2013. On August 26, 2013, he began serving his sentence, and on November 28, 2013, he was freed.