Fat Joe

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Fat Joe

Birth Name: Joseph Antonio Cartagena

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 19, 1970

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican, Cuban

Fat Joe is an American rapper. He is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent.

Puerto Ricans can have a diverse heritage, including Spanish, Taino Indian, African, Asian, and a combination of these and others.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com

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slowdive January 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Google “Peter Swartling” he’s an ethnic Swede who looks part black and resembles Fat Joe.

This guy (Fat Joe) is probably like 75% Euro and the being SSA (Sub-Saharan African) admixture with slight Native.

abbracci October 8, 2015 at 1:35 am

Why do people get so offended when Fat Joe says nigga in his music? He was raised in the hood and he’s Latino.

xoxo October 29, 2015 at 6:54 am

He probably has some black in him because he’s part Puerto Rican.

xoxo October 29, 2015 at 6:55 am

Oh and Cuban too. Cubans have some black blood, YES even the “white-looking” Cubans.

Brigzzz98 January 19, 2014 at 7:54 am

He looks like an african american who sat in a tub of bleach to me

Erick January 16, 2012 at 12:55 am

I gets offended wen other pple who arent black use the word nigga..its supposd to be used by full black pple..

ooo February 27, 2012 at 1:57 am






Tyrone February 27, 2012 at 3:12 am

Wasnt the ‘N’ word suppose to be used to discriminate you guys back in the day?? why does it seem to be ok nw?????

Loc Dsk January 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

So since I’m light skin black with Fat Joe’s skin tone and I’m a direct decent of a half black woman I can not say “nigga”? I’m black but I’m light explain this to me

fuzzybear44 May 26, 2017 at 12:23 am

@ loc dsk

who says you couldn’t say that word?

sarahle January 19, 2014 at 9:09 am

It shouldn’t be used by anyone!!! Pls explain why a darker person is allowed to use it just because of its skin colour?? So stupid explanation… it’s even more stupid used as a black person to each other… think about it!

fuzzybear44 May 26, 2017 at 12:41 am

The logic behind using the word so much, is to take the power away from the word, I heard the word so much, it doesn’t bother me at all Black guys tend to use it as a form of comradery . These days, everyone calls themselves the N-word. I’ve even heard teenage Asian girls calling themselves the N-word. My white friend Mark said it sometimes, but we never did anything to him, although Mark thought he was more black than we were.. I visited his home one time, walked into his room and looked around, and left his house feeling I wasn’t black enough. Most of the time, being called the N-word doesn’t really bother black people(at least in my experience). They just use it as an excuse to kick white peoples A$$

Amanie June 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

hes cute.

misssy April 21, 2011 at 11:40 am

your so phat !

Marie August 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm

In one of his album covers, Fat Joe does say he is part Cuban in his thank you’s.

Anonymous June 14, 2010 at 11:20 am

I have never heard of him being anything other than Puerto Rican. He has only said that he is Puerto Rican and that’s it

ethnic June 14, 2010 at 11:36 am

you might be right. thanks

Adriana June 14, 2010 at 11:42 am

He probably doesn’t know. A lot don’t know they’re exact race. Especially people from the caribbean, whose ancestors have been mixing at least 200 years or so.

He is probably a mix of spaniard and or native american and african.

Adriana June 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

a lot of people don’t know* their*** exact race sorry for typo!

Delnegro July 28, 2011 at 2:18 am

Your right. All I know is that my moms family from Belize and bahamas and she said she’s full black but i don’t think so.

Total23 June 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Well At Least He Sees Him Self As A Puerto Rican! I Don’t Think People Should Identify With Race Only With Nationality, And Culture!

I Just Think There Is Too Much Race War Going On Then Culture Or Nationality War!

color? April 19, 2010 at 4:39 am

minorities always say the “n” word i say they need to stop because it makes them look stupid

moi July 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm


you had to stop using the n word because you used it to ostracise people

p April 17, 2010 at 4:18 am

i dont kno but theres some hispanics not all of them but its like there trying so hard to be black or prove dat there something idont know no offense

MLei June 5, 2011 at 10:07 am

if you look at latino/hispanics history they are not even spanish..! their roots come from africa, haiti, native americans, and some white ppl..! so they can’t try to be black if they already are..! the only ppl that are actually spanish are the one’s that came directly from spain…..so there fore latino’s don’t try hard to be black because their history shows that they already are..! & you don’t have to argue with me just look it up for yourself..!

mdd August 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm

i agree. i wish people wouldn’t use term the black anymore it’s getting me confused in my eyes there are the real black people meaning from africa and then people OF african descent in the americas which is a lot of people of course in a variety of countries. what’s the big deal a lot of people have african in them some it’s more observable. people in the caribbean are no more mixed than black people in north america. the difference is historically in north america no one cared whetehr you were 1/2 or 1/4 or 1/8 black (they actually used to claculate how mucch black was in you) at the end of the day because of the one drop rule you were considered black. so it’s not lik black americans don’ have ancestors of different races like in other coutnries the system in north america was different and more strict and didn;t allow that. not to mention africans in north america were enslaved mainly by the british whereas the rest of the americas it was catholic french, portuguese or spanish. racial mixing wasn’t looked down as much with these groups since the catholic church ruled that it was okay and these groups didn’t have access to women of their own racial origin like white americans did. this further led to more intermixing in other parts of the americas. not to mention north america had the least amount of slaves brought over in comparison to other countries.

ethnic April 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

good call on Crystal Kay Fuzzybear. ;)

Fuzzybear April 14, 2010 at 9:15 pm

To kira

Hey what’s up lady,how you been?

Fuzzybear April 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

To Ethnic

Who isn’t obsessed with those things,especially when you have honeys like MS.KAy running around

ethnic April 13, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Wow interesting friend you have there. I know some White people that live in Japan and think and act like they were Japanese. They also happen to be obsessed with Anime and video games and other Japanese things including the women. :)

kira April 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm

hahah fuzzybear i like your stories:)

Fuzzybear April 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

To Ethnic

One more thing,we do take offense when a white person calls us that,well some white people.I have a friend named mark who’s white,and he says it all the time;we pay him no attention.Dude thinks he’s blacker than we are.I went to his house one time,he put me to shame.I was like is this what my room is supposed to look like

Fuzzybear April 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm

To Ethnic

As a matter of fact,everyone is using that word now.You have whites calling each other that,when I heard these Asian girls calling each other that,my jaw dropped;These Asian guys were fighting screaming for the other side to get up off my (N-word)I wish I still had the videos.It’s crazy today

Fuzzybear April 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm

To ethnic

Man we call each other that so often,you would swear it was our god given name

ethnic April 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Really? Latinos and AAs use that word in LA?

Fuzzybear April 13, 2010 at 4:19 pm

To ethnic

Well he’s right about us calling each other that word,even in Los Angeles we do it

ethnic April 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm


Jonathan April 13, 2010 at 4:05 am

Wow some of the things y’all are saying is preety accurate. Latinos are actually Italians not really puerto Ricans, cubans, etc. That term was just adopted by Hispanics. There is no pure white Hispanic there is a mix of African, indian, Asian and european mostly in the caribean Hispanics such as cubans, puerto ricans and Dominicans. In all honesty fat joes skin may be white but he don’t look like a white boy. Facial features of Hispanics have traces of where they have roots. And also when it comes to the word nigga blacks and Hispanics use it amongst each other, yes it may offend a couple oldschool black people if Hispanics use it but blacks themselves also call Hispanics nigga. 50 cent said about fat joe in a song “that fat nigga thought lean back was in the club”. Does he mean fat Joe is black? No he is just using it to describe a person he coulda easily said fat dude. As a Hispanic at least in Miami blacks and Hispanics call each other niggas all the time, that’s just part of our culture here. And yes race even in Hispanics is either white or black there is no brown. So puerto ricans cubans and Dominicans ect are white Hispanics if they aren’t black by race. Don’t believe me ask a cop. I went to jail and they listed me as a white male even though I ain’t white. However under ethnicity I was categorized under Hispanic.

ethnic March 30, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I reckon she used it early in her career to give her more street credibility.

john March 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm

oh and j.lo used to use it.she stopped well in her songs atleast who knows what she says at home.but remember that song with jarule “i’m real” in her last verse she says “people asking what the deal with you and so and so I tell them niggas mind they biz but they don’t hear me though.” on another note I love that song and I love j.lo

john March 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Yeah he uses the n word alot it bother’s me that blacks and p.R’s are still calling each other that.I don’t like the word but I am no more offended of A pr saying it than A black. now A white person…. just kidding I just ignore all who uses it

EIBLEANN March 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm


ooo February 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

shut up eibleann

.... January 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I wish all these Hispanics would stop calling themslves “Latina”! If there is any people that deserve to be called “Latina” it is the Italians. THeir language is closest to Latin (Roman Latin). Besides Latina means “Roman/Latin” in the Latin language.

Jason January 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Barbie is ma dumb not every Hispanic has black in them. In my country you barely see blacks, specially in south America,excluding brazil. If you meant carrebeans den it makes more sence.

bet January 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

Actually, Hispanic is a word to define the people of native spanish language, and Latinos is a word to define the people from Iberian Peninsula. American people use these words to define people with dark skin from latin america, what is completely wrong. Central America had a big immigration of africans and europeans, 90% of people from that continent are mixed. The black population in The Caribbean Sea is enormous, much more than white. An example: Rihanna is from Barbados, a country localized in Caribbean Sea, she’s black but her family is denifly mixed with native indians and whites europeans. Fat joe is a mixed white, he has black and native indian in his background, what makes his skin looks more yellow than white. Please guys, stop use “hispanic” and “latino” to describe mixed people from latin america, that’s totally wrong.

Holy Moly January 28, 2010 at 9:36 am

You guys are all idiots. Races don’t exist. There is not Black race, White race, Native Taino Race. Go to college. Furtheremore, a race is different than an ethnos. Take a biology class then take a damn anthropology class. There are no “Black” features. Dark skin, full lips, etc are not African features. They’re features that are found in different parts of Africa. Somali people, in general, look quite different than folks from Ghana, etc. In and around the US, the features of most folks considered “black” are similar to those of west and central africans. There are more of what most Americans would consider as “black” in Latin America as there are in the US. Many Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, etc. have some African ancestry even if some of them are ashamed to admit it. They are quite similar to black Americans, man of whom do not acknowledge or are unaware of their European ancestry.

Ayiti Bohio January 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Every Body Get a dictionary, ok got one go to the word n$%^%r and you will see that it says a low down dirty person, so this does not mean an african- american, next the word nigga is just a knockoff of the word n$%^%r, i dont see much of a difference either way the word was used to denounce and degrade the african-american culture, people can say what they want but i am not a N$%^%$r or anything of the sort of course i know plenty or people who are and not a single one of them is of the african american race, but overall what ever race or ethnicity we are all people let us try and get along without the use of derogatory names

kechelle January 2, 2010 at 4:53 am

oka. for all of yaw who keep sayy that hispnics are this in that..blah blah blah..thats true their black. BUT.., nigga is for full AFRICAN AMERICANS ONLY..! the word nikkah came form american afriacan slaves. most of the peole that are mixed with p.r. cuban d.r ….have afraicn(thoses who came from africa) but wasnt in america. so yes i du get offened when this non full black person use the word.

MariposaSedosa December 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Cuba is 67-70% black, whites are a minority. The majority of white Cubans fled the island when Castro took over. It is vastly black, as many who are not black are mixed with black. And Fat Joe is obviously of African descent. Almost all Puerto Ricans are mixed with black, white and indian, regardless of physical appearance. Some people are 100% black or 100% white, although it is rare unless they are descended from recent european immigrants. Even though most puerto ricans are mixed, most on the island claim to be 1000 percent white, yes one thousand not one hundred percent white. Most puerto ricans in the u.s. claim to be other, mixed, or tri-racial. Most Cubans are black and predominately black at that with some spanish and very little native heritage. A lot of them are biracial with black and spanish too. I hope this clears up some things for you. Fat Joe is from the same neighborhood as my dad, and is of the same ethnicity pr & cuban, and has about the same skin color. My dad is black on both sides-Cuban and Puerto Rican. All of my grandparents are black or part black.

For the one thousandth time, 95% of African slaves went south of the U.S. border, not to the United States.

LaNenaLoca December 20, 2009 at 1:45 am


blackskull bash December 3, 2009 at 11:20 am

He Says the “N” Because most hispanics especially Puerto Ricans Cuban and Dominicans have a significant amount of african blood in their ancestry. Hence the terms Afro-Cuban etc.

barbie November 14, 2009 at 4:39 am

dey kan say it they act more black den anything if u were well educated u would kno dat puertoricans ancesters are african and basically latinos are black

barbie November 14, 2009 at 4:38 am

he sayz da n word kuz latinos are known as blacks duh

some random guy October 12, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Fat hoe’s music sux big hairy 1’s. Lmao!

Brandon October 6, 2009 at 1:41 am

and the order of that list at the top should b Taino indians, europeans, africans, asians. Very little asian descent, european n african is close

Brandon October 6, 2009 at 1:40 am

N besides most hispanics dont even look white…they look hispanic

Brandon October 6, 2009 at 1:39 am

Puerto ricans aren’t latin whites, wtf?????? All hispanics derived from a native race not white ppl, they were mixed n with white ppl n sum other races but as far as calling them white latins thats dumb bc our race was derived from the ppl that origanlly inhabited the area.

preciouxx_bby July 30, 2009 at 12:46 am

puerto ricanz arent consider black even though dey use the N word more den black people

Incognitus July 18, 2009 at 10:34 am

Everyone is so ignorant. Puerto Ricans represent a nationality not a race. Just like anyone who is born in America is American by nationality regardless of race. A Puerto Rican person can be white, black, asian, native taino or some mix of these races. The vast majority of Puerto Ricans classify themselves as latin whites. If you ask me, Fat Joe looks like he has mostly European ancestry, he is probably at least a quarter Asian and maybe have a drop of native taino or cuban blood in him.

But who the fuck cares. America is way too hung up on race for its own good. Everyone should start fucking someone of a different race so we as human beings can grow up and not sweat our meaningless bullshit differences. Mixed people stand up!

janet June 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm


supernerdy June 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm

white people used it on blacks during slavery
black people dont like white people sayin 2 them
cuz they feel offended
i think puerto ricans and cubans who like black people can say it but not the ones who think they’e mexian when they r not
first of all cubans and peurto ricans have black in them
ya need 2 do some research so if puerto ricans and cubans r trying to dis black people than they’re dissing themselves
well anyone who wants to say it go ‘head i guess this aint the slavery days

coolcat April 27, 2009 at 6:47 am

nigga..comes from the word n$%^%$r…first of all no race should use it, fot it was used as a derogeratory term for the slaves. technically its for black people but i guess whoever wants to say it can…and do

caren April 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm

iv heard lots of hispanic saying the n word basically bc they are niggas too. they r in the colred ppl catagory. im puerto rican and black so i know and blacks have no problem with hispanics saying it. they call eachotha nigga

Adam March 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I’m pretty sure he has some african ancestry [2]

junior March 8, 2009 at 3:41 am

i think he should chill with that n**** word. what gives him the right to use that word??? i know they call a white person trying to be black a wigga. i wonder what we could call a puerto rican like fat joe trying to be something hes not?

JZzy February 23, 2009 at 9:46 pm

That’s the reaso I came to research his heritage! Cuz he b using the “N” word like he is frm African heritage. That is utter BS.

ethnic January 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Im pretty sure he has some african ancestry

Bri January 29, 2009 at 8:04 am

why do he be sayin da “N” word in his songs?..

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