The book of Jose : a memoir /

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Roc Lit 101,, New York, United States,, 283 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00884777, (OCoLC)fst01083707, (OCoLC)fst01089960, Biography., Cuban Americans, Cuban Americans., fast, Puerto Ricans, Puerto Ricans., Rap musicians, Rap musicians., United States


"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 was 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 forced to make a life-shaping choice: to be prey or predator. Soon, Joe and his crew rise up to dominate the streets-dodging bullets and betrayal all along the way-but he discovers his true strength in the street corner ciphers where the Bronx's wild energy took musical form. His identity splits in two: a hustler roaming record stores, looking for beats; a budding rapper whose rep rings in the streets. As his day-to-day life becomes more and more fraught-he is shot and almost killed and watches as family and friends fall to prison, addiction, and even death-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 stopped-but neither did Joe"--Part I: Bronx tales. The birth of Joey Crack -- South, South Bronx -- The beast of Morris High -- The real-life Tony Montana -- Part II: Family business. Suicidal thoughts -- Parents on lockdown -- My brother's keeper -- Who shot ya? -- Part III:: You gotta flow. D.I.T.C. part I -- D.I.T.C. part II -- Big pun part I -- Big pun part II -- What's beef? -- Part IV: Squad stories. The terror squad part I -- The terror squad part II -- Lisa -- My two sons -- Lorena and Azzy -- Part V: Old cycles, new beginnings. Debts to pay -- Locked up -- They smile in your face -- Remy Ma -- DJ Khaled -- Life begins at fifty.