You'll have to excuse Fat Joe for not being into the holiday spirit right now.
Back in the early and mid-2000s, the rapper, a.k.a. Joseph Cartagena, had a slew of collaboration hits including 2002's "What's Luv?" with Ashanti, 2005's "Get It Poppin'" with Nelly and 2006's "Make It Rain" with Lil' Wayne. This year hasn't been nearly as stellar, though: he just pleaded guilty in a New Jersey court for failing to pay nearly $3 million in back taxes on income earned from performances and music royalties in 2007 and 2008, according to abcnews.com.
He posted $250,000 bail, but faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $200,000, plus additional penalties from the IRS. His lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, said they hoped for a lighter sentence because the rapper "had already taken steps to resolve this situation" before being charged and might even pay off his tax debt by the April 3 sentencing.
On the plus side, Fat Joe isn't really fat anymore. He's been public about his efforts to lose weight after fellow rap stars died from obesity-related issues and even recently spoke to a school in New Jersey about the importance of health and fitness.
Whatever happens in the sentencing, we'll always have this:
Do you think Fat Joe should go to jail?
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