About Fat Joe
Joseph Antonio Cartagena, commonly known as Fat Joe, is a rapper and Chief Executive Officer of the label Terror Squad Entertainment. His debut album, entitled Represent, was released in early 90s. During the following decade Joe has released four more albums, Jealous One’s Envy, Don Cartagena, Jealous One’s Still Envy and Loyalty. In mid 2000s the rapper got involved in a serious feud with 50 Cent. The conflict started following the release of “Piggy Bank”, in which 50 Cent attacked a number of rappers, including Joe, Lil’ Kim, Shyne and Cassidy. In 2006 Fat started working with Imperial Records. His latest album, The Darkside Vol. 1 was released in 2010. Fat Joe net worth is currently estimated at $35 million.
Joe was raise in Bronx, in a family of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. Although it is normal for teenagers to cause some headache for their parents, Joseph was especially troublesome. He started steeling at the young age and bullied other kids. Fat started listening to the rap music because of his brother, who was a huge fan of Tupac and Nas. The path which eventually led him to international fame and boosted Fat Joe net worth to tens of millions did not start easily.
At the time, there were not a lot of Latin American rappers who made it to the big stage and there was nobody to give him a hand. In one of his interviews Joe has mentioned that he felt as if he had to break the ice not only for himself, but for the rest of Latinos, who were unsuccessfully trying to build their careers in rap music industry.
Fat Joe net worth started to grow in the early 90s, when he signed a deal with Relativity Records. Joes debut album, entitled Represent, reached the stores in 1993. “Flow Joe”, its lead single, topped the Hot Rap Singles chart and made Joe a national star over a night. Represent also featured guest appearance from Diamond D, The Beatnuts, Lord Finesse, and included such hits as “This Shit Is Real” and “Watch the Sound”. Jealous One’s Envy, finished by the end of 1995, was even a greater success. The album made it to the No. 71 position on Billboard 200 and peaked within top ten on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. The song “Success”, which was chosen as the lead single, did not impress the audience, but his second single “Envy” was more popular than the rapper could have expected. His first album to receive a Gold certificate from the Recording Industries Association of America was Don Cartagena. It peaked at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and added a solid sum to the current Fat Joe net worth.