Born Joseph Cartagena on August 19, 1970 is a American rapper of Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage.
Born and brought up in the Bronx, Joe was popular in the large underground hip hop scene during the early and mid-1990s.
During this period, Joe was affiliated with KRS-One — there are pictures online at KRS-One’s Temple of Hiphop site showing the pair drawing graffiti (“bombing”) together.
He is also the most widely known member of the D.I.T.C. Crew (the “Digging in the Crates Crew”), along with smaller hip-hoppers such as Diamond D, Lord Finesse, O. C., A.G., Buckwild, occasional member Big L (deceased), and Big Pun (deceased).
The title of the group refers to DJs who “dig in the crates” of used record stores to find rare or novel records with “breaks” that they could use as fat beats for production or in performances.
Fat Joe has flirted with gaining mass recognition in the mainstream American music scene, most prominently in his massive cameos on songs by artists such as Jennifer Lopez.
In his 16 years in the music industry. He has 3 Grammy nominations, holds Two Source and Three Vibe awards and One Bet Hip Hop Award. He also has 2 platinum and 2 gold albums and 10 albums to his credit. He also has 2 #1 Hits, (Whats luv? and Lean back) and 6 top 10 hits