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Fat Joe

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Joseph Antonio Cartagena alias Fat Joe (ou Joey Crack, Coca, parmi ses nombreux pseudonymes) est un rappeur et un graffeur américain, né le 19 août 1970 dans le quartier du Bronx à New York.

Il grandit dans une famille originaire de Cuba et Puerto Rico, c’est en suivant son grand frère Angel, fan de la Zulu Nation, que Fat Joe a commencé à s’intéresser à la culture hip-hop.

Son premier album intitulé Represent est sorti en 1993. Fat Joe est à cette époque affilié à KRS-One, et l’album reçoit un accueil bienveillant par la communauté hip-hop new-yorkaise. Plus tard, le single Flow Joe, classé 1er des charts US, assure à l’album un succès mondial. À la suite de ces évènements, Fat Joe prend le pseudonyme de Fat Joe Da Gangsta.

Fat Joe appuie sa réputation en apparaissant dans les albums de superstars comme LL Cool J. Il s’entoure ensuite des rappeurs Big Pun (son cousin) et Armaggadon. En 1995, Jealous One’s Envy, son 2e album, est le fruit de collaborations éclectiques avec, parmi d’autres, Raekwon (membre du Wu-Tang Clan) ou DJ Premier.

En 1998, il sort un autre album intitulé Don Cartagena, aux textes résolumment conscients, éloignés des clichés du gangsta rap. Fat Joe y parle plus de la vie dans le ghetto et des injustices sociales, un tournant peut-être influencé par sa rencontre avec le leader spirituel et religieux Louis Farrakhan de la Nation of Islam.

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  • doforlove

    Another Day is dope.

    5 mai 15h47m Répondre
  • mightyscooop

    tfw my only fat joe plays are make it rain and make it rain remixes

    1 déc. 2013 Répondre
  • Ermideris

    DSIII is great effort by Joe!!

    7 sept. 2013 Répondre
  • dennis7

    DS3 Great Album!!!

    27 août 2013 Répondre
  • ploveskicks

    The Darkside III!

    26 août 2013 Répondre
  • WuMember

    money destroyed him, but i still dig his first album. ditc crew.

    24 jui. 2013 Répondre
  • DickBigems

    Joe has made some dope music and has very good beat selection. Rapping isn't amazing, but it's good enough. Co-sign s. perrotta.

    21 juin 2013 Répondre
  • SimonePerrota

    It's hardly the be all and end all but how can you say that if someone in their respective field has been around for a while it "doesn't mean shit"? You have to look at it in the context of his career and what he's done to achieve it - he's not scraping by or putting out albums for peanuts. Yes this doesn't automatically mean he's dope but it's a noteworthy facet. Joe's been part of several different eras in hip-hop and hasn't dropped off the radar like so many others. A.G. (a more talented rapper (from Joe's old camp as I'm sure you know)) has been around for just as long but Everything's Berri was fucking dreadful. Joe's last effort was impressive. People put too much stock in skill when rating certain rappers... "Comparative lack of ability to others" is hm obvious. Whether or not it's obvious is fucking irrelevant. What I'm saying is that it's a weak excuse to pan his music. You're regurgitating what I posted without really engaging with it and holding Joe to an invisible standard.

    16 juin 2013 Répondre
  • TheAbbott

    As usually I'm not aware of disputes and rap affairs, the "comparative lack of ability to others" is hm obvious. Listen to the posse cut 1,2 Pass It for example and name the mc or the verse that is worse than him/his. The lack of longevity might indicate a here today, gone tomorrow story, however, the presence of longevity doesn't mean shit. Some people clearly don't see the longevity you're describing in his discography. I don't either.

    11 juin 2013 Répondre
  • SimonePerrota

    Underrated might have been a better choice in hindsight but I’m not appending the word “underappreciated” to the barometer of success (I’m aware that Fat Joe has done quite well in terms of sales and exposure); I’m appending it to quality. I’m not saying that dude has been putting out dope album after dope album but his releases have generally been solid at the very least. A lot of people write Joe’s music off on the basis of a few petty disputes, ghost-writing accusations and a comparative lack of ability to others. Someone can be successful (or at least established) in one department (be it commercial or underground) and still not get fair dues (acclaim etc.). Longevity (to avoid any more confusion: sustained success + output of a decent level as opposed to the mere continuation of releasing music) goes some way to indicate that Joe has credibility as a rapper – credibility that I feel isn’t always acknowledged.

    1 juin 2013 Répondre
  • TheAbbott

    lol still putting out material after 20 years doesn't mean you gotta listen to it. Saying the discography of a rapper with half a million listeners on this site plus tons of videos and huge airplay (at least some years ago) is underappreciated is ridiculous, stop misusing this word, there are dope cats out there struggling to release their debut album.

    26 mai 2013 Répondre
  • whoasd

    Summer Up 2013 http://www.last.fm/festival/3539404+Summer+Up+2013 !

    5 mai 2013 Répondre
  • SimonePerrota

    v Obviously...

    23 mars 2013 Répondre
  • Occulta66

    Nah, Big Pun was better IMO

    7 mars 2013 Répondre
  • SimonePerrota

    "I listen to first three albums only". You're all so special... Most of his '00s albums are decent. It shouldn't matter that much (unfortunately it does for a lot of clowns) if he's making commercial songs. He's certainly not in the minority there. Fat Joe is obviously not the most skilled or creative rapper you'll encounter but his discography is underappreciated... 20 years since Represent and still putting out material - that's good going.

    20 fév. 2013 Répondre
  • phferreira88

    Colaborou com o Naldo, apenas isso.

    13 fév. 2013 Répondre
  • Mart1n_O

    I prefer first three albums only

    17 jan. 2013 Répondre
  • CamilleW2Ls

    instagram dat ho

    5 jan. 2013 Répondre
  • betoonking

    I listen first three albums only [2]

    5 déc. 2012 Répondre
  • WestSideTrippin

    I listen first three albums only

    26 nov. 2012 Répondre
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