The Book of Jose The Book of Jose

The Book of Jose

A Memoir

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Publisher Description

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum–selling artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Fat Joe pulls back the curtain on his larger-than-life persona in this gritty, intimate memoir about growing up in the South Bronx and finding his voice through music.

“An adrenaline rush . . . buckle up and lean back.”—Spin

Fat Joe is a hip-hop legend, but this is not a tale of celebrity; it 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.

Joe is born into a sprawling Puerto Rican and Cuban family in the projects of the South Bronx. From infancy his life is threatened by violence, and by the time he starts middle school, he is faced with the grim choice that defined a generation: to become predator or prey. Soon Joe and his crew dominate the streets, but he finds his true love among the park jams where the Bronx’s wild energy takes musical form. His identity splits in two: a hustler roaming record stores, looking for beats; and a budding rapper whose violent rep rings in the streets. As Joe’s day-to-day life becomes more fraught with betrayal, addiction, and death, until he himself is shot and almost killed, he gravitates toward the music that gives him both a voice to tell the stories of his young life and the tools he needs to create a new one. The challenges never stop—but neither does Joe.

This memoir, written in Joe’s own intensely compelling voice, moves with the momentum of pulp fiction, but underneath the tragicomedy and riveting tales of the streets and the industry is a thought-provoking story about a generation of survivors raised in warlike conditions—the life-and-death choices they had to make, the friends they lost and mourned, and the glittering lives they created from the ruins.

Biographies & Memoirs
November 15
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Stewardesschick ,

This should be a movie!

This should be a movie. I didn’t need the Audiobook to hear his voice while reading. It was great! Couldn’t put it down. I have now listened to some of his songs over and they have a whole new meaning now. Blessings to you and your family. Especially little Joey! 💙

:BrownBeaR: ,

Much Love

I’ve been following Joe’s career since Jealous Ones Envy. I’ve seen him one year at a Puerto Rican Day parade many years ago. I’ve also had the privilege to see him perform on stage and shake hands with the icon.
This book is amazing. Thank you. And, thank you for being such a major role and influence in hip hop.
Great read.

SaraLannz ,

The Real💪🏽🙏🏽

I read this whole book in Joe’s voice lol Thank you for sharing your life story. God bless you and your family🙏🏽

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