Fat Joe originally went by the moniker Fat Joe Da Gangsta.
Fat Joe was born and grew up in the Bronx and he started his musical career under the moniker Fat Joe Da Gangsta. He was part of the rap group D.I.T.C. and he released his debut studio album, Represent, on July 27, 1993 under his first rap name Fat Joe Da Gangsta and under Relative records. The album's lead single “Flow Joe” peaked number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Fat Joe dropped the ‘da Gangsta” part from his name before he released his second album Jealous One's Envy.