Throwback Thursday: Fat Joe (1993 – 2002)
We are going to look back on 5 classic tracks from Joey Crack’s library.
The first Fat Joe track is his debut single from twenty years ago titled “Flow Joe“. This was featured on his 1993 album “Represent” when Fat Joe was going by the name “Fat Joe Da Gangsta”. The track was produced by Diamond D of the Diggin’ in the Crates Crew. He sampled “Get Out of My Life, Woman” by Lee Dorsey and “The Long Wait” by Morton Stevens.
The second track is from a few years later. “The Shit Is Real (Remix)” is from Fat Joe’s 1995 sophomore album “Jealous One’s Envy“. This is a remix of the original “The Shit Is Real” from his debut “Represent” album produced by DJ Premier. Premo sampled “The World Is A Ghetto” by Ahmad Jamal.
Track 3 in this week’s selection is “Don Cartagena“. This was the title track of the 1998 album which goes by the same title. This track features Bad Boy Records head-honcho P. Diddy (who was still Puff Daddy at this time) performing the hook and doing his signature ad-lib style. Richard “Younglord” Frierson produced this track, sampling Jose Jose‘s “Si Me Dejas Ahora“.
The fourth track is from Fat Joe’s 1995 album “Jealous One’s Envy“, titled “Fat Joe’s In Town“. Produced by L.E.S, “Fat Joe’s In Town” contains a sample of Raphael Saadiq‘s “Ask Of You“.
The final track of the Fat Joe selections is from his 2002 album “Loyalty“, titled “Bust At You“. This track features appearances from YMCMB boss Birdman (who is credited as “Baby” on this track), Tony Sunshine and Scarface. This track was produced by The Alchemist who sampled two tracks from Bootsy’s Rubber Band “What’s The Telephone Bill?” and “I’d Rather Be With You“. If there was a video shot for this track I’m sure we’d see Birdman rub his hands together for his entire verse.