Fat Joe
Fat Joe

Birth name

Joseph Antonio Cartagena

Also known as

Fat Joe da Gangsta


19 August 1970 (age 47)
New York City, New York, United States


Hip hop


Rapper, actor

Years active



Terror Squad Entertainment, Relativity, Atlantic, Imperial, E1

Associated acts

Apache, Big L, Big Pun, Diggin' in the Crates Crew, DJ Khaled, DJ Premier, Grand Puba, Jadakiss, Kool G Rap, KRS-One, Lil Wayne, N.O.R.E., Raekwon, Remy Ma, Rick Ross

Joseph Antonio Cartagena (born 19 August 1970), better known by his stage name Fat Joe, is an American rapper and actor. He is also the CEO of Terror Squad Entertainment, and a former member of the hip hop groups Diggin' in the Crates Crew and Terror Squad.

Fat Joe's debut album, Represent, was released in 1993, followed by Jealous One's Envy in 1995. From 1998 to 2006, he was signed to Atlantic Records, where he released four albums through the label. Around the release of his 2005 album All or Nothing, Fat Joe became involved in a highly publicised feud with another New York City-based rapper 50 Cent, who attacked Fat Joe in his song "Piggy Bank". Fat Joe's most popular song in which he performed was his Remy Ma duet "Lean Back" with Terror Squad, which was a number-one hit in the summer of 2004.

In 2006, Fat Joe signed to Imperial Records, which distributes through Terror Squad Entertainment. His latest album, The Darkside Vol. 1, was released in 2010.


Main article: Fat Joe discography