Look up “Fat Joe Underrated” on Google right now. Literally thousands and thousands of articles on rap blogs and music websites. Hundreds of unanswered questions on Yahoo! Answers. Full videos breaking it down. Something ain’t right here. Sure, he hasn’t released any great music since the 2000’s, and maybe you’ve completely forgotten about him, but when Lean Back comes on in the club you sure as hell can’t forget his Biggie-like flow and easy coolness.
A few facts about Fat Joe before we jump in and take a look at some of his most underrated songs.
- His real name is Joseph Antonio Cartagena
- He was born in August 1970, making him 45 years old today
- His debut album Represent, was released all the way back in 1993
- He released the music video Drop A Body in 2011, which unveiled his shocking weight loss over the late 2000’s. He claimed to have lost 88 pounds off his peak weight of 350 lbs.
Alright, let’s get into it. Here’s Week 6 of Golden Oldies!
The Big Pun influence is strong in this track, and R. Kelly singing about something other than his girl cheating on him is refreshing to hear. This is a classic “Our Squad Is Dope” rap (reppin’ Fat Joe’s Terror Squad) and it throws you back to a time when rap beefs were a dime a dozen. Best part of the music video is the puffy powder blue parkas.
I Won’t Tell
To me, this is the last song of Fat Joe’s prime. The flow on this is almost exactly like Biggie’s, and J. Holliday takes it to another level on the hook. Fat Joe promises a secret life of straight ballin’ with his squad to all those girls who are curious about what it’s like to get down with a fat bald man, and he’s so smooth I almost find myself wishing he would sing this one to me. Also, yet another DJ Khaled sighting. Illuminati confirmed.
This is a hilariously dated music video. It starts out with Ashanti finding out her man is fooling around by coming across a stack of incriminating Polaroids. The pairing of Fat Joe and Ashanti pretty much sums up squad goals, and is a huge nostalgia trip for anyone who was into early early 2000’s R&B. Fat Joe is seriously underrated.