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24, 2017, fat Joe floor was born on August 19, 1970 in the South lopez Bronx area of New York City, where he was raised by parents of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. He lived in public housing and began stealing at a young age to support his family.
He also admits that he was a bully in his childhood. His brother introduced him to rap music. As a teenager, he was highly influenced by fellow Latino rapper Big Pun.
Fat Joe explained the rapper's influence on him by saying "Latinos before us who had the opportunity to do it just didn't know how to. They came in trying to do this black music, waving flags.
But we're trying to kick in the doors for other Latinos and represent our people, and it shows.". Under stage name Fat Joe da Gangsta and part of the rap group.I.T.C., Cartagena was signed to Relativity Records in the early 1990s, recording material and working with many artists who he would later sign to his own label.
In 1993, his debut album, Represent, was released, featuring production from The Beatnuts, Diamond D, Lord Finesse, and others. Its lead single, "Flow Joe" peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart; other minor singles from the album included "Watch the Sound" and "This Shit is Real". In 1995, Fat Joe released his second studio album, Jealous One's Envy, which peaked at #71 on The Billboard 200 and at #7 on Top R B/Hip Hop Albums.
The album featured a guest appearance from KRS-One and production from Diamond. The lead single was Success, which did not chart, but his second single, "Envy" peaked at #8 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.
The success of this album led Fat Joe to be featured on the remix of LL Cool J's single "I Shot Ya" along with Foxy Brown, Keith Murray and Prodigy of Mobb Deep. Released in 1998, Don Cartagena was Joe's third album and his first for Atlantic Records.