News: With Prison Term Looming, Fat Joe Returns To The Darkside

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 2:05PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Just weeks away from having to turn himself in for a four-month prison sentence, Terror Squad leader Fat Joe has announced plans to release a new mixtape called The Darkside 3 later this month.

If all goes accordingly, Joey Crack will have the release drop on the same day he is due to start his sentence.

"When you go to Fat Joe Da Gangsta, I got Darkside 3 dropping at the end of this month and it's just straight boom-bap hip-hop. I don't even know how to explain it to you," he said. "I think some songs don't even got hooks." On August 26, Fat Joe has to turn himself in on federal tax charges; he plans to drop The Darkside 3 on the same date. "I tried to avoid it, I tried to do the right thing, I tried to pay it back, but it is what it is," he said of his tax woes. (MTV)

Earlier in the week, Joe revealed a personal accountant not using his money to pay off bills and taxes ultimately lead to his current predicament.

"Well, what happened was I always had the same accountant for years and his son was in a car accident -- so he retired and they introduced me to a new accountant so he took over my stuff so I got onto my 'rapper' where I have the guy paying all my bills and all that, so I'm wiring him money to pay my bills, my taxes -- months and months of not paying [off my taxes], he paid it all off and I already knew this was some Ponzi scheme type dude. ... So next day I went and got [a different] accountant and we tried to fix what was going on. ... They feel like you, as the leader of your household, you supposed to be over everything that's going on. You still get the blame even though it's the accountant's fault. ... I paid them all the money back and I figured if you pay them all your money back -- I ended up spending a million two hundred thousand and you know, I'm not Jay Z or none of that. Penalties is on top of that." ("The Breakfast Club")

In late June, Joe kept quiet about his sentence when approached by paparazzi.

Question: How does Fat Joe feel about going to prison for 4 months? Answer: He ain't exactly thrilled. TMZ spoke with Joe moments ago ... and (shocker) he didn't seem too jazzed about yesterday's court hearing, when he was sentenced to 4 months behind bars for stiffing Uncle Sam out of more than $1 million in income taxes. In fact, the rapper kinda had an "It is what it is" mentality. Joe's been ordered to turn himself in by August 26. "Huh? No comment on that," Joe said when asked for his reaction to the four month prison sentence. "It's a great possibility [I'll work out behind bars]. Thank-you." (TMZ)

Days prior, the rap star appeared in Newark, New Jersey to receive his prison fate.

Rapper "Fat Joe" has been sentenced to four months in prison after admitting he failed to file federal income taxes.The platinum-selling artist, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena (car-ta-GEE'-nah), apologized to his family and supporters before being sentenced Monday in federal court in Newark. He pleaded guilty in December 2012 to failing to pay taxes on more than $1 million of income in 2007 and in 2008. U.S. Magistrate Cathy Waldor said she took into consideration the government's allegation that Cartagena failed to taxes on some $3 million in income for years 2007 through 2010, an estimated tax loss to the government of $718,038. The Miami Beach resident was prosecuted in New Jersey because some of the companies he earns money from are incorporated in Somerville. (San Francisco Gate)

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