Fat Joe has been in the game for a minute and his legacy as an artist speaks for itself, yet Joey Crack once stood in the shadow of a bigger man: the late, great Big Pun. Joey was know as Pun's associate in the '90s and as a part of gutter New York crew D.I.T.C. Recognizing the lyrical competition in the city Joe da Gangsta had to step his game up.
Jealous One's Envy and Don Cartagena showed improvement lyrically but it wasn't until 2001 when Joey's fourth album Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) dropped that he became the radio killer. By linking up with some of the dopest producers in the game and working with more diverse artists like R. Kelly and Ashanti, Joey spawned huge hits "We Thuggin'" and "What's Luv?" and earned Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) a platinum plaque.
In 2004, Joey did it again and created the smash of the summer with "Lean Back." Since then Joey has dropped hits like "Make It Rain" and is now easily one of the most recognizable rappers in the game.