This weekend (24th October 2015) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of South Bronx rapper Fat Joe’s sophomore LP ‘Jealous One’s Envy’. The follow up to 1993’s ‘Represent’, the album occupies a middle ground between underground sonics of that 1993 debut and the more commercial sound of later material. Production comes courtesy of fellow D.I.T.C member Diamond D and DJ Premier among others. Stand out tracks include the Diamond D produced ‘Bronx Tale’ featuring KRS-One and DJ Premier’s remix of ‘The Sh*t is Real’ (the original version of which featured on ‘Represent’). As a long player however it’s a patchy affair with the ‘Sexual Healing’ sampling ‘Envy’ (one of two tracks from the album to be released as a single) offering a preview of the more commercial sound that would dominate Joe’s music in later years.
The album comes in at #17 in Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1995.
There is currently no official stream for the album on Youtube, although a fairly reliable Youtube stream can be found here.
[Purchase physical copies / check release details on Discogs here]