Fat Joe will chronicle his road to success in a new memoir.
The New York native shared details about his book Tuesday on Instagram: “I’m proud to present my memoir — ‘The Book of Jose.’ This is my life unfiltered, the story of a kid growing up in the South Bronx’s unforgiving streets and how I became a multi-platinum-selling artist.”
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The book “is the story of Joseph Cartagena, a kid who came of age in the South Bronx during its darkest years of drugs, violence, and abandonment, and how he navigated that traumatizing landscape until he found — through art, friendship, luck, and will — a rocky path to a different life,” publisher Penguin Random House said in a press release.
The 51-year-old rapper added in a statement, “‘The Book of Jose’ is more than just a book about my career. It explores the darkest moments of my life — brushes with death, being locked up, losing friends, and dealing with depression — that shaped me as a man. I overcame significant adversity but I’m excited to be in a position to share my story and inspire others through my journey.”
The memoir goes on sale in November, but is available now for pre-order.
Fat Joe, real name Joseph Cartagena, was born into a Puerto Rican and Cuban family in the projects of the South Bronx.
The Grammy-nominated rapper’s debut solo album, Represent, was released in 1993 and included the single “Flow Joe.” He is also known as a member of the hip collective, Terror Squad. The hip-hop star’s hit songs include “Lean Back” (with Terror Squad), “What’s Luv?” (with Ashanti and Ja Rule), and “All the Way Up” (with Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Dre).
Most recently Fat Joe has been working as a fill-in host on The Wendy Williams Show with fellow New York rapper Remy Ma.
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