Contact Us

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.

Previous Page Next Page

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of XXL

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for XXL Mag quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!