It’s been almost 30 years since Fat Joe started his rap career. During that time, he has become well-known around the world, and he has also helped other rappers get their careers started. Fat Joe has also achieved a lot of commercial success which has allowed him to reach people who don’t typically listen to rap music. With a discography that includes 10 solo albums and 5 collaborative albums, Fat Joe has released lots of music over the course of his career. His versatility and creativity go a lot further than people realize, and he has a great mixture of radio hits as well as songs that display his lyrical ability. Keep reading to see our list of the 10 best Fat Joe songs of all time.
1. Flow Joe
Unless you’ve been a Fat Joe fan since the beginning of his career, you may not be familiar with the song “Flow Joe”. Released on his debut album, Represent, “Flow Joe” is a great embodiment of why his stage name used to be Fat Joe da Gangsta. The song is raw and aggressive and features that combine the best of new and old-school styles. Since the song is almost 30 years old, some may think that it sounds a little dated, but it’s actually aged pretty well. It’s also a great way for people to see that Fat Joe can do more than make catchy songs for the radio.
Released in 1995, “Envy” is a smooth but vulnerable track that features Fat Joe sharing some of his life experiences. In the song, he raps, “I never understood why my pops would beat me/No matter what I did, yo he’d still mistreat me/That’s why I never listened to a thing he said/And I wasn’t just mad when I used to wish him dead/Instead, me and Ma Dukes kept tight/Promised that one day everything would be alright”. The song also features a sample from Marvin Gaye’s hit song “Sexual Healing” which gives it a nice R&B vibe as well.
3. What’s Love
Featuring Ashanti, “What’s Luv” was one of the most popular rap songs of 2003. The song’s hook was inspired by Tina Turner’s famous song “What’s Love Got to do With It” and it has an up-tempo vibe that makes “What’s Luv” fun and memorable. On top of being popular with the public, the song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Even though it’s been nearly 20 years since this song was released, people are still likely to get up and dance when it comes on.
4. Lean Back
“Lean Back” isn’t technically a Fat Joe song, but it’s too good to leave off the list. Released in June 2004, “Lean Back” had the entire summer on lock with its catchy chorus and a simple dance to go along with it. Although the song was clearly meant to be a commercial hit, Joe’s verse is still focused more on craftsmanship than being catchy, but somehow it managed to be both. On top of Joe’s verse, Remy Ma came through and did what needed to be done which really helped elevate the song to a new level. Most people would probably agree that “Lean Back” is Terror Squad’s best song.
5. So Excited
Released in 2017, “So Excited” was one of those songs that definitely didn’t get the amount of attention it deserved. The song features Fat Joe’s longtime collaborator, Dre (of Cool and Dre), and uses a sample from the song “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards. Even though this song kind of went under the radar, it’s one you’ll definitely want to check out.
6. King Of N.Y.
Over the years, there have been more than a handful of rappers who declared themselves the King of New York; Fat Joe is one of them. As you might expect, “King of N.Y.” is an aggressive track in which Joe spits to prove why he deserves to be called the king. If you’ve ever questioned his lyrical ability, this is one song that will put your doubts to rest.
7. All The Way Up
Any time Fat Joe and Remy Ma do a song together it’s almost guaranteed to be a hit. “All the Way Up” definitely lived up to that history. Although it wasn’t as popular as some of their earlier collaborations, it still did numbers. It also showed that Fat Joe still has what it takes to put out a hit single. The song was also nominated for two Grammys: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song
8. Take A Look At My Life
As with many of his other early songs, “Take a Look at My Life” gives listeners a glimpse at who Joe is outside of music. Accompanied by a smooth beat, the song paints a real picture of what it was like to be in Joe’s shoes living in the Bronx.
9. Winding On Me
“Winding on Me” wasn’t as commercially successful as some of the other songs on this list, but it still might be one of Joey’s best. The song has a feature from Lil Wayne who many would consider one of the greatest to ever do it. On top of that, Ron Browz on the hook was definitely a good look.
10. Another Round
In addition to making songs for the streets, Fat Joe also has a knack for making songs for the ladies. His 2011 hit, “Another Round” boasts a feature from Chris Brown. While the song may not be a lyrical masterpiece, it definitely sets the perfect vibe – and sometimes that’s all a song needs to do.