He has built his reputation as one of the most famous rappers on the USA scene and he has been a member of some of the most known groups, such as Terror Squad and D.I.T.C. Apart from this, he has been working as a CEO for Terror Squad Entertainment. He appeared on the scene in 1993 when he recorded “Represent.”
He was born on the 19th of August 1970 and his real name is Joseph Antonio Cartagena. His mother’s name is Marie Cartagena and his father’s name is Ernesto Delgado. He was born in the Bronx, NY, the USA, and he was brought up here, as well. We need to say that he is happily married to a woman called Lorena Cartagena. Their love has been crowned with three children.
Their names are: Azariah Cartagena, Ryan Cartagena and Joey Cartagena. We should also mention that he has been one of the most prominent supporters of the LGBT social community.
The police and IRS suspected that he is evading the payment of taxes so there were charges for avoiding the payment of those in 2012. We should also mention that fat Joe evaded the payment of 3 million USD taxes to the authorities in the period from 2007 until 2010. IRS decided to fine him for this and he was sentenced to pay 200K USD of fines and penalties.
Apart from this, there were charges against him that required him to go to prison, and he was eventually sentenced to spend four months there. His prison time lasted from the 26th of August 2013 to the 28th of November 2013.
The start of his career took place in 1992 when he decided to found Terror Squad Entertainment in NY. He is still working there as a CEO. He has been very successful over the course of his career and he has had cooperation with some of the most known labels in the USA, and they are: Atlantic, E1, Virgin, Universal, Relativity and Terror Squad. Since he has made his name in the business, a lot of well-known and established artists also wanted to work with him.
This all resulted in his cooperation with some of the biggest names on the scene, to mention a few: іg Рun, Арасhе, Grаnd Рubа, Теrrоr Ѕquаd, D.І.Т.С., Јеnnіfеr Lореz, DЈ Кhаlеd, Іvу Quееn, DЈ Рrеmіеr, Кооl G Rар, R. Кеllу, КRЅ-Оnе, Rаеkwоn, Јаdаkіѕѕ, Віg L, Аѕhаntі, Rеmу Ма, Аmеrіе, Frеnсh Моntаnа, Lіl Wауnе, N.О.R.Е., Rісk Rоѕѕ, Ја Rulе and many more.
He has been very determined to succeed in this business and he dedicated a lot of time on making his debut album good. He did this in 1993 and the title of the album is Represent. This was not the only one he releases, many others followed, and they are Тhе Еlерhаnt іn thе Rооm, Ме, Муѕеlf аnd І, Аll оr Nоthіng, Lоуаltу, Јеаlоuѕ Оnеѕ Ѕtіll Еnvу (Ј.О.Ѕ.Е.), Тhе Dаrkѕіdе Vоl. 1, Dоn Саrtаgеnа, аnd Тhе Вооk оf Јое.
His talent was noticed and versatile so there were offers to him to play in some films. He accepted some of those, so he had minor roles in the following films: Supermodel, Scary Movie 3, Happy Feet, Prison Song, Empire and Thicker than Water. Some of these movies have been very successful.
It is well-known that he has a lot of problems with weight and that he was trying to lose weight for a long time. For example, his weight in 1996 was more than 300 pounds. He eventually succeeded to lose some weight and he made a film about that in 2011, called Drop a Body, where he describes how he lost 88 pounds.
His work has been recognized, as well as him as an artist. He had 4 Emmy awards, and many MTV, BET and other awards.
His net worth in 2023 is 5 million USD. Most of this money comes from his label company where he is a CEO. Also, he cashed in a lot on the music he made and his albums were selling well. Additionally, participation in films and cooperation with famous names in the industry also brought him money.