Joseph Antonio Cartagena “Fat Joe”

American Rapper

Fat Joe
Fat Joe

Joseph Antonio Cartagena, popularly known as Fat Joe, is a New York City-based American rapper. He got his start in music as a member of the hip-hop group Diggin’ in the Crates Crew.

Fat Joe | Early Life and Family

Fat Joe was born Joseph Antonio Cartagena in the Bronx, New York City, to Puerto Rican and Cuban parents. He began stealing at a young age to support his family while living in the Forest Houses, a public housing project in the Morrisania neighborhood of the South Bronx.

Fat Joe | Career

Starting Career

Represent, his debut album, was released in 1993 and featured production by The Beatnuts, Diamond D, Lord Finesse, and others. Its premiere song, “Flow Joe” went at number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Successes list; further minor successes from the album were “Watch the Sound” and “This Shit Is Real”.


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Watch Out

Later in 1995, Fat Joe released Jealous One’s Envy as his second studio album. Joe met fellow Latino rapper Big Pun, who appeared on the song “Watch Out,” while recording Jealous One’s Envy. Joe’s third album, Don Cartagena, and his first for Atlantic Records was released on September 1, 1998. “Bet Ya Man Can’t Triz,” “John Blaze,” and “Don Cartagena” were among the three hits with music videos from the album.

In 1999, he worked with late rapper Big Pun on Jennifer Lopez’s single “Feelin’ So Good” from her On the 6 albums.

Jealous Ones Still Envy & I Want You

Fat Joe’s Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E. ) is his fourth one, which was released in 2001, and featured Irv Gotti’s production.

Later in 2003, Fat Joe appeared in the pop song “I Want You” by Mexican singer Thala. Fat Joe’s sixth album, All or Nothing, was released a year later, in 2005, and includes the popular diss track “My Fofo,” which was addressed at rival New York rapper 50 Cent, who had earlier chastised Joe for working with Ja Rule.

Me, Myself & I and The Elephant in the Room

Me, Myself & I, Fat Joe’s sixth studio album, was released in 2006. In his June 18, 2007 billboard campaign “Stop Listening to Trash,” Catholic priest Michael Pfleger singled out Fat Joe as one of several rappers he alleged fostered misogyny.

Also that month, Fat Joe participated in DJ Khaled’s single “We Takin’ Over” with Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Birdman, and Lil Wayne, as well as on the remix of Khaled’s “I’m So Hood” with Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Ludacris, and Birdman.

Moreover, The Elephant in the Room, Fat Joe’s ninth solo studio album, was released on March 11, 2008, by Imperial Records.

J.O.S.E. 2 & Welcome to My Hood

Fat Joe’s eighth solo studio album, J.O.S.E. 2, was released at the end of June 2009. It debuted at number 73 on the Billboard 200.

“If It Ain’t About Money,” the album’s second single, features Trey Songz.

Later on, on March 28, 2010, Fat Joe and E1 Music signed a deal. On July 27, 2010, The Darkside Vol. 1 was released and sold approximately 12,000 copies in its first week, debuting at number 27 on the Billboard 200.

Moreover, Joe made an appearance on DJ Khaled’s “Welcome to My Hood” remix. “Another Round,” the first song from Joe’s yet-to-be-named eleventh studio album, was published on iTunes on October 19, 2011. The album’s second song, “Yellow Tape,” includes Lil Wayne and ASAP Rocky.

“So Excited” by Fat Joe and Dre was released on August 2, 2017. On July 24, 2018, he released “Attention” alongside Chris Brown. Family Ties, Fat Joe and Dre’s second collaborative album, was released in December 2019. Moreover, Fat Joe spoke about the top sneakers of the year at the ComplexLand virtual event in December 2020.


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Fat Joe | Body Measurements

Fat Joe will be 50 years old on January 24, 2021. His height is 1.85 meters and his weight is 90 kg.

By 1996, he weighed 300 pounds(140 kg). Fat Joe made his most recent weight loss efforts public in the video for his song “Drop a Body” in 2011, after losing 88 pounds (40 kg) from his previous weight of 350 pounds (160 kg). He also follows a low-carb diet, eating sweet potatoes but avoiding carbohydrates like white bread, white rice, and white pasta.

Social Media

Instagram: 5.2M Followers

Twitter: 973.9K Followers

Spotify: 5.7M Monthly listeners

Facebook: 3.7M Followers

Fat Joe | Net Worth

Fat Joe is an American rapper and singer with a net worth of $6 million.

Real State

Joe bought $115,000 for one acre of land in Plantation, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale, in 2000. He then constructed a 5,300-square-foot home from the ground up. In 2010, he advertised the house for $2 million, but no one bought it.


Fat Joe’s garage houses one or two cars. He owns both a Toyota Corolla and a Range Rover. In addition to the two, he has a Chevrolet, which he favors. Fat Joe drives the automobile alone and frequently takes rides around town.

Personal Life

Cartagena, Fat Joe’s wife, is his life partner. Ryan Cartagena, Joey Cartagena, and Azariah Cartagena are the couple’s three children. During his sentence, he lived in Tenafly, New Jersey.


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Legal Issues

On June 14, 1998, Fat Joe and Big Pun were arrested on assault charges for striking a man with a baseball bat and taking his gold chain.

Later in December 2012, Fat Joe pled guilty to tax evasion after failing to pay income tax on approximately $3 million from 2007 to 2010. On June 24, 2013, he was sentenced to four months in prison for tax evasion.


How much money does Fat Joe have?

$4 million

How old is Fat Joe?

Fat Joe was born on August 19, 1970, at the age of 52.

What is Fat Joe’s height?

Fat Joe is 1.85 meters (6 feet 1 inch) tall.

What is the name of Fat Joe’s wife?

Lorena Cartagena

How much money does Fat Joe earn?

Fat Joe’s annual salary is $0.5 million or more.

Quick Facts

  • Real Name: Joseph Antonio Cartagena
  • Nick Name: Fat Joe
  • Birth Place: New York City, United States
  • Date Of Birth/Birthday: 19 August 1970
  • Age/How Old: 52 years old
  • Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 185 cm, In Feet and Inches – 6’1”
  • Weight: In Kilograms – 80 kg, In Pounds – 176 lbs
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Hair Color: Bald
  • Father – Ernesto Delgado
  • Mother – Marie Cartagena
  • Siblings: Yes
  • School: Morris High School
  • Nationality: American
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Gender: Male
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Girlfriend: N/A
  • Wife/Spouse Name: Lorena Cartagena
  • Kids/Children Name: Ryan Cartagena, Azariah Cartagena, Joey Cartagena
  • Profession: Rapper, actor
  • Net Worth: $6 million

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