Joseph Antonio Cartagena (born August 19, 1970), better known by his stage name Fat Joe, is a Latino American rapper and actor from the Bronx, New York. He began his music career as a member of hip hop group Diggin' in the Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.). He later went on to forge a solo career and set up his own label called Terror Squad to which he later signed Big Pun, Remy Ma, Tony Sunshine, Cuban Link, Armageddon, Prospect and Triple Seis as well as discover producers DJ Khaled and Cool & Dre.
Fat Joe's debut solo album, Represent, was released in 1993 and spawned the single "Flow Joe" which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs. His most commercially successful album to date was released in 2001 titled Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) being certified platinum by the RIAA and internationally being certified silver by the BPI, as well as reaching the top 100 on multiple music charts around the world.
He is most notable for the songs "Lean Back" with Terror Squad, "What's Luv?" featuring Ashanti & Ja Rule, "Make It Rain" featuring Lil Wayne and "All the Way Up" with Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Dre.