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  • The Book of Jose

  • A Memoir
  • By: Fat Joe, Shaheem Reid
  • Narrated by: Fat Joe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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The Book of Jose

By: Fat Joe,Shaheem Reid
Narrated by: Fat Joe
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Summary

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.

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.

©2022 Fat Joe and Shaheem Reid (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Joey Crack knocked it outta the park!!

Fantastic book. Great artist and so many stories that put context around just how many struggles that Joe has gone through to make it big!!

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An insightful listen to Fat Joes Backstory

a very eye opening and insightful listen to Fat Joe's journey and backstory the amount of obstacles

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Brilliant story

I’m glad it was he read it himself. Joe has always been a great storyteller and this book is no exception. The prison story?! Hilarious

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I really enjoyed this production. I like the way it comes across conversational in places. His character and sincerity really comes through.

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Amazing 🚀🚀🚀

Really worth a listen, learnt so much from Fat Joe from where he started to where he is now

Highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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If you like Fat Joe - you’ll love it - simple

Nice memoir with some great stories and DITC recognitions along with the tales of the projects

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What a book

As soon as I seen it was available it was immediately in my library and such a great inspiration and insightful book
It’s a must

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Hip Hops greatest story teller!

Great read from start to finish. I was hooked from the word go. Well read

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  • LND
  • 18-11-22

worth the listen!

Loved that Fat Joe narrated his book! To understand his past, successes, failures was riveting! Much respect to this OG! Great listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-22

SO WORTH THE WAIT!

most inspirational story and so heartfelt and just loved the realness from beginning to end this is a MUST READ/LISTEN! JOPRAH! JOE CRACK THE DON DOES IT AGAIN!

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  • Dqueen
  • 17-11-22

Inspiring Read

This book was insightful and quite the inspiration. The raw and transparent way the details of Fat Joe’s life were masterfully laid out, was literary brilliance. The added sweetness was hearing his voice narrate this work. I loved it!🎈💕💕💕

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-11-22

A Real Story from a Real Man Who came out on the other side

The emotion and grit of Joes story is felt and heard from his narration of his life. Gave insight into the man we see today on a real but honest level

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  • Edward McKnight
  • 17-11-22

Joey Crack!!!

This was a great listen, as I knew it would be! A great day for hiphop indeed. 💪🏿

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  • Michelle
  • 17-11-22

Such a great story teller!

LOVED IT! He has such a great story.
The way he narrated was totally him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-22

Joeyyyy CRRRRACCCKKKKKK!

I’ve been studying Fat Joe for at least 5 years & thought I heard every story. I was pleased to know that I heard only every fat joe story that he told up until that point. From kidnapping DJ Clue with Pun, to the Pastor in his hood, I’ve heard it ALL…that is until The Story of Jose! The BIGGEST returns! Yesterdays price….you get the rest! MUST LISTEN!

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  • Julia Harris
  • 16-11-22

great book, loved it

such a great inspiring story. a true pure heart. thanks for sharing your journey and opening up.

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  • Joel Ortiz
  • 15-11-22

The best story teller in the rap game.. Great bo

The best story teller in the rap game..
shout out to fatjoe the Don cartagena.

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  • calgarcia
  • 15-11-22

Five. Stars, hands-down!

Fat Joe does it again aspirational book absolutely love this title 100% recommend. Fat Joes is known for many of the things that he does and now books is one of them. Absolutely love this book 100% recommend.

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