Don Cartagena is the third studio album by American rapper Fat Joe. The album was released on September 1, 1998, by Terror Squad, Mystic, Big Beat and Atlantic Records.
The album received generally positive reviews. The album debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
The album received generally positive reviews. Soren Baker from the Los Angeles Times, gave the album a positive review, calling it “Joe’s triumphant return project”. Baker also talked about how “Joe largely sticks to ultra-violent lyrics and gangster story lines.” and that “The album’s appeal rests largely on his ability to effortless sly mix gangsterism and braggadocio.” Overall the album was giving a 3.5 out of 4 rating by the critic. Matt Diehl from Entertainment Weekly also praised the album, stating that despite his strong level of featured appearances; “Fat Joe doesn’t need any help: His blunt lyrical flow, infectious Latino pride, and appropriately ominous grooves make these gangsta tales explode like a sonic Scarface”. The album was ultimately given a rating of A- by Diehl.
Don Cartagena debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 106,000 copies in its first week. This became Joe’s first US top-ten debut. In its second week, the album dropped to number 15 on the chart.On October 28, 1998, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States.