Fat Joe Heads To E1, Readies "The Dark Side"

The Bronx star leaves EMI for Koch, as he reunites with former Relativity exec Alan Grumblatt, planning a June 28 release.

After two albums with Imperial/EMI Records, Fat Joe is headed fully independent. The Bronx star is headed to E1 Entertainment (formerly Koch), it was announced by the label Monday morning. Last year, Joe had gone to the Long Island-based label to release his Fat Joe Presents...K.A.R. project. In addition to the signing, Joe's next album, The Dark Side is due for June 28 release.

The signing also serves as a reunion for Joe and E1 President Alan Grunblatt, who brought the Diamond D protege to the new defunct Relativity Records in the early '90s. “I have a long history with Alan Grunblatt and everyone at E1. Although it’s a small label, they have the best marketing and promotion staff in the Hip Hop game and I’m looking forward to working with them on my new album, The Dark Side," Joe said in a statement. He'll be joining fellow Terror Squad star DJ Khaled, who remains one of E1's flagship artists for the last half-decade.

Grunblatt commented, “I originally signed Fat Joe to his first record deal and was blown away by the new material Joe played me. Fate has brought us back together; trust me when I tell you he’s got bangers for days.”

Together, Grunblatt and Joe released 1993's Represent and 1995's Jealous One's Envy, widely considered two of the Diggin' In The Crates member's best works.

26 Comments

  • island1

    FAT JOE IS BACK! HE'S THE BEST OUT THERE, HE'S BETTER THAN EVER, RESPECT DON CARTAGENA. "I DON'T NEED YOUR RESPECT THE STREETS CALL ME KING" DAMN! WE NEED FAT JOE IN THIS HIP HOP GAME. DARKSIDE JUNE 29TH! I CAN'T WAIT. KEEP MAKIN' HIT RECORDS, DON'T LISTEN TO NEGATIVE STUFF. REPRESENT! SOUTH BRONX IS BACK, THANKS TO JOEY CRAKK!

  • It's Um

    Agreed he should quit. Nice beat though.

  • Hip-Hop 102

    We all know that fat hoe is done, but if anyone who thinks 5-0 is respected should be ashamed of yourselfs, aside from his businessman skills, he is not respected by true music fans, so their both done.

  • hiphopscout

    http://www.reverbnation.com/savvysav#/artist/artist_videos/659615?sel_song_id=3407393&autoplay=1

  • khordkutta

    "DJ Khaled, who remains one of E1's flagship artists for the last half-decade"...LMMFAO...just say.."about the last four years"

  • russellj502

    Fat Joe is and always will be trash every since Big Pun passed. He should just give it up and get a regular 9 to 5 like all the rest of us.

    • Hip-Hop 102

      Then get off of 5-0's nuts, we all know fat hoe is crap, but 5-0 is no better, face it, both of their clown's careers is over, especially this neocon 5-0, good thing game and buck left the sinking ship.

  • BAWSE2ULOOKOUTS

    WAT^ CRACK WE ROOTING 4U BIGHOMIE KEEP ON PUSHIN!!!!!

  • Atl2Trill

    Fat Joe always find a way to relevant. But IDK about this move to E1 though. Maybe he just want the money and don't care about major sales.

    • jboog61

      WHO HE GONNA GET TO WRITE HIS RHYMES NOW. HE TRIED WAYNE DAT DIDN'T WORK FLOP. WHO'S NEXT DRAKE OR GUCCI? OR NIKKI? DUDE NEED TOO SIT HIS FAT AZZ DOWN AN EAT A BEAN BURRITO!!!

  • dirtysouthernhotshot

    Fat Joe is real. You cannot deny that. He still got love in the streets: ask people. I wish him all the best and hope he releases an album that is more consistent with his J.O.S.E 1 era work. I hope this move will achieve that, even still he does have a few recent bangers: i love 'Ice Cream' on J.O.S.E 2 with Raekwon...

    • Hip-Hop 102

      And at least he gave us a far superior rapper and one of the greatest hip-hop has ever acheive for people, something 98% of the crap today do not. BIG PUN

  • 1day

    Fat Hoe aka Wack Joe just sold 8,000 copies!!!...LMAO DJ Khaled "WE DA WORST just sold 27,000 copies...LMAO K.A.R. just sold 250 copies, no not thousand, they sold Two-Hundred n Fifty copies...LMAO

  • dj fanatic

    I remember joe had some lyrics talking about " you can't even get signed to koch records" back in the day on the TS album. Ain't it funny that he's the one now signed to koch records.

  • LO GODFATHER

    i'll always have a certain amount of respect for fat joe. He did have a long history on the underground scene for many years. And when he did finally blow it was well deserved and overdue. It would be nice to hear something like the old fat joe again representin the bx Any way, what, how, this dued has plenty of bangers more than your average rapper peace!!!

  • H-DUB

    Oh Lord, the Graveyard signed him finally .....

  • wolfman

    Grunblatt commented, “I originally signed Fat Joe to his first record deal and was blown away by the new material Joe played me. Fate has brought us back together; trust me when I tell you he’s got bangers for days.” No, no, no... Bad ALBUMS brought you to back together. And, he has no bangers left in him. This will be verified by his leaving E1 in a year or two.

  • sukmycokk

    im a fat joe fan & i think its time this nigga give up or go back to ur roots and stop with this bullshit you keep putting out. matter of fact it seems like this so-called illegal life makes more cash. stick to that shit. im done with joey crack. jealous ones envy, best fat joe album to date to me.

  • JOE6PACKNCGBORO336

    i brought the album with my fo fo shit had three hot track thats it joe done get that ringtone money fuck it

  • christos

    Flop joe!!!! You suck!! Aloha!!!lol

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