Rapper Fat Joe has been in the game since the 1990’s, and even with ten studio albums and countless hit songs under his belt, he’s still one of the most underrated rappers in the game.
Joe, born Joseph Antonio Cartagena in the Bronx, visited The Raw Word where he opened up about his challenges in the music industry.
“I gave my heart to hip-hop music over 20-something years ago,” he told host, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. “I’ve been trying to be consistent--- longevity--- keep putting out these top 5’s in America. It’s not an easy thing, you know?”
Joe made a name for himself globally after teaming up with Big Pun and Cuban Link with the trio performing as Terror Squad during the late 1990’s. In 2004, the group scored a #1 hit with Remy Ma titled “Lean Back” from the album “True Story.”
Another big hit was “What’s Love” through a collaboration with Ashanti and Ja Rule in 2003 which earned the trio a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Collaboration.
The rapper, who is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Nas, Diddy, Jennifer Lopez, Thalia, Ludacris, Eminem, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Lil Kim and countless others. He has also worked to support talent like Ivy Queen breakout into the American market.
There’s no denying that Fat Joe is right, he has been seriously underrated throughout his long career and it shows his dedication and love of the music that keeps him releasing albums on a consistent basis. He’s also had success on the big screen with films Empire and Happy Feet.
One thing is for sure, no matter what anyone says Fat Joe is no quitter and he will keep on doing what he loves best--- making music for his fans.
To watch the interview in full, where he also discusses working with Spike Lee after bonding on a flight, his family life and more, head over to The Raw Word to find out where and when the show airs locally.