How’s this for perspective? When Fat Joe released his 1993 debut album Represent, Jurassic Park was the biggest box office hit in the country, Bill Clinton had just begun his first year of Presidency, and Drake was a quaint seven years old.
The go-to line with the Bronx-bred Joseph Cartagena is that he helped re-claim hip-hop for his Latino brethren. But breaking down racial barriers and discovering one of rap’s most gifted talents (the late Big Pun) only reveals half the story. With his 10th work The Darkside Vol. 1 (featuring everyone from Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, The Clipse and Too Short to Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Trey Songz, and R. Kelly… damn, whose not on this album?) on deck for July 27—Fat Joe Da Gangsta dissects his rich history on wax from the highs to the lows. Pay attention. You might learn something.
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