Last month, the Bronx Bomber gave his family, along with the blogosphere, an extra special Thanksgiving when he surprised his daughter after serving just over three months of his four-month prison sentence. The heartwarming encounter was captured via an Instagram post from Joe's go-to producer DJ Nasty, and though stories emerged of Joey being fully released from his prison bid for federal tax evasion charges, the rapper tells REVOLT his release was brief.
"They gave me a pass to come home for Thanksgiving," he revealed in his first post-prison interview. "It was only for a couple of hours." Albeit, the captured moment quickly went viral and sparked a lot of excitement, especially from Joey's daughter. "The reason why she ain't really notice me at first [in the video] was because I was like hiding behind this wood wall and I popped out on her."
This past August, Fat Joe, who pled guilty to federal tax evasion last December, turned himself in to a federal detention center in Miami to serve his four month sentence. According to reports, the rapper owed a total of $718,083 in back taxes. Fast forward to nearly four months later, Joey is currently finishing up the final days of his sentence in a halfway house. "It's amazing, I was in a building where you don't see the sun. I came out like a white chicken wing, I ain't have the sun rays."
"The first day I walked in, I was in the building so when they put me up to the floor I was gonna be in, like in the movie Lock Up, everybody's watching the TV and the thing [is] nobody knew Fat Joe was walking in," recalled Joe about his first day stepping into the bing. "I felt everyone's breath—like 500 dudes just banging on the wall, it was a lot. I had to be like, 'Yo hold up, let me get right!' [Laughs]. That was crazy."
As he wraps the final weeks of his release from a halfway house in Miami, Joey is ironically expected to officially be released on Christmas Eve, and as one might expect, he can't wait. He's also plotting on new material as well.
"Well my last day of captivity [will] be Christmas Eve and I already got this joint from producer StreetRunner that's amazing. It's called 'Free,' so look for that and I'm just spitting about everything I went through in there and the things I'm looking to do," he excitedly explained. "It's crazy, once I'm able to record it, [because] I'm not able to go to the studio yet so, soon as I'm able to touch that studio—I'm ready to go."
Welcome home, Joey.