Fat Joe Pledges His 'Loyalty'
Rapper Fat Joe will release a new album, "Loyalty," Nov. 12 via Terror Squad/Atlantic. First single "Crush Tonight" features soul vocalist Ginuwine and Terror Squad colleague Tony Sunshine and debutedRapper Fat Joe will release a new album, "Loyalty," Nov. 12 via Terror Squad/Atlantic. First single "Crush Tonight" features soul vocalist Ginuwine and Terror Squad colleague Tony Sunshine and debuted last week at No. 20 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. "This is my most diverse album yet," Joe said in a statement. "I think the world is going to be in shock when they hear how much I've grown musically."
Other guests include Scarface, Cam'ron, Charlie Rock LD, and Prospect & Remy. "Loyalty" was produced by Cool & Dre, Alchemist, Teflon, Precision, Ron Browz, Ty Fyffe, and Armageddon.
"Loyalty" is the follow-up to Fat Joe's "Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.)," which peaked at No. 21 on The Billboard 200. The set included the smash hit "What's Luv?" featuring Ashanti, which reached 17 different Billboard singles charts. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tallies.
In early July, Fat Joe (real name: Joseph Cartagena) was arrested for his role in a May 12 altercation with a man named Steve Garib at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill in New York's Times Square, in which Garib suffered a fractured jaw, multiple bruises, cuts, and contusions. According to a Manhattan district attorney spokesperson, the investigation is continuing, with the artist due back in court Sept. 25.