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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Fat Joe has released ten albums? You’ve got to respect that kind of dedication, despite his fondness for shitty club music on three quarters of them. But regardless of the direction that he may taken over the years in order to survive in the music game, Crack has done pretty well for a guy who admits he couldn’t rap for shit when he started out and had to strong-arm himself into the spotlight. He once admitted that he knew he was wack back in the days, but no one had the heart to tell him when he grabbed the mic in case he broke their nose with a right hook. While his debut was carried by top-notch D.I.T.C. beats, by the time he delivered Jealous One’s Envy he had refined his Shout Rap style into something more convincing, and continued to display and great ear for music. Once Big Punisher came into the picture, Joe was forced to step his game up in a major way and ever since has made the most of his somewhat limited vocal talents. I was surprised to find that his latest, The Darkside, has a few burner’s on it. Even more shocking is the fact that Cool & Dre actually out-shined the Premier and Just Blaze contributions.
Anyways, I though this would be a good opportunity to throw a few of Joey’s less renown work out there. Beyond the posse cuts, ‘Twinz ’98’, ‘Flow Joe’ and ‘Lean Back’, here are some of the big fella’s finest moments:
Fat Joe & Big L – ‘Da Enemy’
Come to think of it, this is pretty well known, but it’s so dope that it had to be included. Joe and L kill it, and Premier delivers a track that’s straight murder.
Fat Joe & Big Pun – ‘Best Behavior’
Taken from Show‘s Wild Life releases, this is another great team-up from the Twinz.
Fat Joe & Party Arty – ‘My Bad’
With a beat that sounds like ‘Something For The Ladies’ Part 2, how can you go wrong?
Fat Joe feat. KRS-One – ‘Bronx Tale’
This was the moment that Joe graduated from Diamond D‘s weed carrier to a real rapper dude.
Fat Joe- ‘Dat Gangsta Shit’
Another chapter in a long line of quality Joey Crack/DJ Premier creations.
Fat Joe – ‘Hard Not To Kill’
During the course of my research I found this album cut that didn’t suck. That vocal sample seals the deal.
Fat Joe – ‘Livin Fat’
Da Gangsta was pretty rough around the edges on the mic back then, but this Lord Finesse track is nothing short of gold.
Fat Joe – ‘Safe 2 Say (The Incredible)’
If you need someone to flip your organ, Just Blaze is that dude….*cough*
Fat Joe – ‘That White’
This song would have been so much better without Joe doing that horrible hook. Good thing he scores back any lost points by using the term ‘fuck boy’ at the end.
Fat Joe – ‘Valley of Death’
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