One of hip-hop’s favorite narrators, Fat Joe, finally pulled up a seat at the table. Joe visited Red Table Talk and gave us all some knowledge and advice we didn’t know we needed. Joe, whose legal name is Joseph Cartagena, has been an active figure in the rap industry for over 30 years. As his rap career progressed, Joe started his label, Terror Squad. The label is home to Remy Ma, the late Big Pun and, at one time, DJ Khaled. After racking up 30 years of experience, Joe had much to discuss.

Joe spoke on the lessons he has learned throughout his extensive career, the unfortunate deaths that have riddled the music industry, and his relationship with R&B singer Ashanti and the other strong women in his life.

Joe recalled stories of his early years in the Bronx and being kicked out of his home at 14 years old after standing up to his abusive father.

He then detailed how he fell into a life of crime and drug dealing in order to survive. “I was a good person doing bad things,” he said on the show. The rapper then rolled out how the early years of his music career were full of trial and error, but he eventually got the hang of it.