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Fat Joe Is No One-Hit Wonder – The Music Speaks For Itself

1998 Don Cartegena

I may have hated the title of Don Cartegena (I guess the Mafioso image was in full swing at the time) but there were definitely a pair of memorable joints on this album. Dropped in the midst of Pun’s industry shake down, Don produced one the year’s best posse cuts, “John Blaze,” with Nas, Pun, Jadakiss and Raekwon. Surprised Method Man (aka Johnny Blaze) wasn’t on the track, but I ain’t complaining.

Perhaps that track was a bit too subterranean for most hip-hop heads outside the five boroughs, but in ’98 Joe’s undeniable hit was “Bet Ya Man Can’t (Triz).” A blatant ménage trios anthem featuring Terror Squad All-Stars (minus Remy, of course) Pun, Cuban Link and Triple Seis. After Pun made radio waves with his debut, Capital Punishment, Joe was finally starting to understand how to make singles. It was just a set up for his biggest hits.

2001 Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.)

Once Pun had passed, most thought Joe’s relevancy on the charts would fade away but it was actually the complete opposite. Some could say that the BX Bomber watered down his sound but you gotta remember what rap music was like at the turn of the century.

Ja Rule was an overnight celebrity, singing the blues to platinum plaques and checks. It made perfect sense then that Joe would grab Murder Inc’s marquee artists Ja and Ashanti for his smash hit, “What’s Luv?” The record had runaway success, as did this album’s other single, “We Thuggin’,” featuring R. Kelly. Baby blue minks aside, Joe solidified his position in hip-hop as the second solo Latino rap artist to sell a million records.

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