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Fat Joe is a Puerto Rican rapper from the Bronx who was popular in the underground rap scene during the early and mid-1990s. After Joe's rap partner, the similarly large, Puerto Rican, Bronx-based rapper, Big Pun, broke into the mainstream with his duet with the O'Jays, "I'm Not A Player" and its more popular remix, "Still Not A Player," featuring R&B singer Joe, Fat Joe began to make his move into the mainstream. His 1998 single, "Bet Ya Man Can't" which featured Big Pun, as well as other members of their entourage, such as Cuban Link and Triple Seis, was a small hit. (Trivia note: apparently Fat Joe is the only known rapper to ever refer to the township of Piscataway, New Jersey in a song, "Flow Joe".)
Shortly before Big Pun's death, Pun and Joe had a hit with Jennifer Lopez on a track off of her debut album, On The 6 , called "Feelin' So Good".
With 2001's release of J.O.S.E. (Jealous Ones Still Envy) , Joe scored two back-to-back hits with "We Thuggin'," which featured R&B superstar R. Kelly singing the chorus and "What's Luv," which featured up-and-coming R&B/pop star Ashanti on its chorus, and would go on to become one of 2002's biggest pop hits.
In late 2002, Joe released the album "Loyalty" and had a couple of minor hits with "Crush Tonite" (featuring Ginuwine) and "All I Need". The rapper has appeared in several films, including the 2002 movie Empire with John Leguizamo and Peter Sarsgaard.
Fat Joe is also a member of The Terror Squad, which released an album titled "True Story" in July of 2004.
- Represent , 1993
- Jealous One's Envy , 1995
- Don Cartagena , 1998
- Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) , 2001
- Loyalty , 2002
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