Fat Joe Reveals He Might Be Retiring as He Talks about His 11th Studio Album 'Family Ties'

Claudine Varela
Dec 05, 2019
04:20 A.M.

Fat Joe's new album will be his last as he expresses his intention to retire. The rapper shared his reason and it's admirable.


With the release of his 11th studio album, Fat Joe announced he’s on the brink of retirement.

Fat Joe at the REVOLT and AT&T Summit in October 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Fat Joe at the REVOLT and AT&T Summit in October 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


The hip-hop icon is currently promoting his latest and most likely last album, “Family Ties” and expressed his plans of hanging up his mic for good.

Fat Joe, real name Joseph Cartagena admitted to CBS News that he’s been “flirting” with the idea for quite some time now.

Fat Joe has his reasons for retiring and it’s not because he’s done with music.


“It’s time to give up,” the 49-year-old rapper said. He also insists there’ll be no turning back. He explains his producer Andre “Dre” Lyon of Cool & Dre doesn’t believe him and thinks it’s just a temporary leave. But that’s not the case.

“I've got mad at all the other rappers who said they're retiring and they came back. No, I'm a strong advocate against that,” he says and adds, “I’m like 85% gone.”



Fat Joe has his reasons for retiring and it’s not because he’s done with music. His reasons stem from his desire to be there for his family.

A great part of that is his daughter, Azariah who’s turning 14 and who he shares with his wife of 24 years, Lorena Cartagena. He says Azariah’s age is a crucial time that he wants to be a part of.

"Little girls 13 or 14 are very impressionable right now and I want to make sure every time she looks around her dad is there.”


Fat Joe hopes to take Azariah to school every day and just watch her grow. That’s just his strong sense of fatherhood kicking in, much like it did when he vowed to take care of his son, Joey who has autism.


Many may not be aware of this but Fat Joe raised Joey even when the boy’s mother gave up on him. With the help of his parents, the rapper who was very young at the time strived to take care of him.


Fat Joe considers his son a blessing as well as the source of his family’s blessings. In his birthday tribute to Joey last year, he wrote,

“Joey is and has always been a million times happier than me, he brings us joy and i believe he has kept my parents alive. They never want to leave his side.”

Speaking to CBS, he adds, "I really truly believe he's our blessing.”



Fat Joe knows that he still needs to earn a living in order to raise his family. Thus, he still intends to work on projects and go on tours.

“I’ll go broke if I don’t tour,” he acknowledged.

Among his recent income generators is a movie he sold to Warner Bros. and a television series that’s in the works. He also worked with comedians Kevin Hart and Rob Riggie and admits enjoying the opportunity.

As for his latest and final album which will be released this weekend, Fat Joe admits it’s his “greatest.” It features Cardi B, Eminem, Mary J Blige, and Lil Wayne and has a classic feel to it. Dre believes the album is the rapper’s “last-second shot” and will allow him to bring home a trophy.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Dad Sees Video of Boxing Coach Mocking His Son, Cancels Meeting and Bolts from Office – Story of the Day

September 15, 2023

Poor Pool Cleaner Finds Secret Door in Old Lady's Pool, Buys His Own Mansion Next Week – Story of the Day

October 26, 2023

Boy Is Rebuked for His School Outfit, So He Comes up with Brilliant Protest

September 16, 2023

Kairi Chanel Brewster Has a Positive Influence on Her Father – Facts about Dave East's Daughter

July 18, 2023

Sophie Turner's Plastic Surgery: Fans Debated Whether She Had Work Done to Her Face

September 17, 2023

Is Wayne Brady Gay? The Host Revealed He Is Pansexual and Single

August 09, 2023

This Ex Child Star & Hands-On Dad Was a Money-Making Machine for His Abusive Father Who Hid His Millions from Him

October 26, 2023

Joe Gonzalez Maintained a Good Relationship with Sofía Vergara after Becoming Her Ex-husband

July 19, 2023

Eminem Adopted His Niece Years Prior to Her Mom’s Death — at 30, She Works at Hair Salon despite His Millions

October 14, 2023

Kevin Costner’s Ex-wife Appears 30 Years after Leaving Him — She’s Gray-Haired & Living Her Best Life as a Grandma

July 04, 2023

This Star Lost Her Virginity to Her Ex Who 'Didn't Want to Be a Father' – She Became a Young Mom & Is Proud of Her Boys

October 26, 2023

Joe Jonas Filed for Divorce after Reported Ring Camera Recordings of Sophie Turner — She Left Kids and Went to UK

September 12, 2023

Man, 21, Gets New Face from Dead Man, 48, after Face Transplant Surgery — He Lost His Friends but Found Love

July 18, 2023

Donnie Wahlberg’s Home Surrounded by Nature Where He Takes Care of His 21-Year-Old Stepson with Autism

October 20, 2023