Watch: Fat Joe Talks Tax Evasion Case, Chris Lighty and 50 Cent

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Iyana Robertson / May 23, 2013

Fat Joe sat down with MTV’s Sway on Rap Fix Live this Wednesday (May 22) to discuss a range of topics from Chris Lighty’s untimely death to his reconciliation with 50 Cent. The Terror Squad frontman even touched briefly on his recent tax evasion case, alluding that the fault should be placed on financial big-wigs who were enlisted to protect his funds.

“You gotta understand, we hire guys who are supposed have Harvard degrees to take care of us,” he said. ”The one thing I can say is, all the time you see artists, the first thing they did to you when you caught money was introduce you to a bunch of fancy guys with bow ties who are gonna take care of your money and all that and then you always see an artist or a celebrity or somebody like that going down for it and these guys never go down for it. But we didn’t go to Harvard for that.”

Referring to his finances, Fat Joe opened up about growing up poor, sharing that his collection of sneakers extended from the days when he had nothing. The rapper also gave credit to the late Chris Lighty for helping him acquire his record deal and place him in the position he holds today. When asked about allegations that the New York Police Department did not thoroughly investigate the Lighty case, Fat Joe disagreed with the notion.

“I don’t wanna offend nobody, but I think it’s 2013. I think — a guy so important like that — they weren’t gonna overlook if he committed suicide. See, none of us want to think that our friends or someone we love would commit suicide,” he said. “What kind of a lawsuit would that be for a guy as rich as Chris Lighty who did so much? What kind of lawsuit would that be for the NYPD? I don’t think they’re gonna fumble the ball on that.”

Fat Joe also discussed how Chris Lighty’s death led to a truce between he and 50 Cent, who endured a lengthy beef.

“He had a lot of respect for Chris Lighty, I had a lot of respect. We went over there and we did the tribute together,” he said. “So when a man stick out his hand for me like ‘Yo it’s for Chris, it’s peace,’ it’s peace. And I don’t anticipate ever having a problem again with him in my life. Because once I give you my word and I give you my hand, it’s love.”

Check out a clip from the interview here.