Before we close out this fine Wednesday (July 27), we have to shed light on a Hip Hop throwback from nearly three decades ago. Today marks the 29th anniversary of Fat Joe’s debut album Represent, a project that was released on Relativity Records in 1993. The Bronx icon had been making a name for himself in his hometown—the birthplace of Hip Hop—and beyond, and Represent was the first album where listeners were able to hear what Fat Joe da Gangsta had to offer sonically.
Represent featured looks from Grand Puba, Diamond D, Kool G Rap, Apache, Gismo, Keith Keith, and King Sun. Ahead of its release, Joe shared his debut single “Flow Joe,” a stand-alone track where he delivered hard-hitting bars about his elevated status, unending cash flow, and lyrical abilities. It is a Hip Hop moment that sparked the launch into career longevity and, love him or hate him, Joe’s contributions to the culture are appreciated by his fans and peers.