Fat Joe – Jealous One’s Envy
Imagine this: Fat Joe Da Gangsta setting off his album with KRS-One over a Diamond D beat. I’d take that one song over any Don Cartagena album that Spotify has to offer. Alas, life isn’t fair, so Spotify has deprived us of Joe’s first couple projects, which helpfully reflected his membership in D.I.T.C. as well as his superior rhyming skills at the time (at least superior to whatever he’s Instagramming these days).
It’s not that Fat Joe was such a remarkable rapper, but Jealous One’s Envy touches on a variety of subjects, from “Envy” to “Dedication” to “Success,” the latter of which DJ Premier remixed and included on the album. That video is also a stockpile of cameos from young MC’s on the come-up at the time, including Raekwon, Nas, Big L and others. Fat Joe wisely underwent a transformation after D.I.T.C. disbanded and was able to switch up his image to be that pop-friendly chubby guy in bright jackets, but Spotify could use more “Bronx Tale” than “Make It Rain.”