Fat Joe to Liza Rios: ‘I’ve Never Made a Dollar Off Big Pun’
After Liza Rios’ allegations yesterday that Fat Joe failed to pay her family the royalties from her late husband Big Pun‘s albums, Joe has responded to the accusations, saying that he never cheated Rios out of her husband’s money.
“Immediately after Puns death I gave Liza Rios the whole advance of the ‘Endangered Species’ album, NO ONE but Liza made a dollar off that album. I also gave her the total advance from the publishing company that was due to Big Pun,” Joe said.
He went on to say that he made no profit off of Big Pun or his music after the rapper died, and blames Rios’ irresponsible spending for her current economic woes.
“I’ve never made a dollar off Big Pun since his passing. This was hundreds of thousands of dollars of frivolous spending, after the second payoff I washed my hands,” he said. “Since then we have been through 6 lawyers, harassment on various radio stations and online mediums every time she needs more money. I also have legal documents stating that NO ONE is making money off of Big Pun.”
Despite all the mud-slinging, Joe says that he feels sorry for Rios but doesn’t think it’s his responsibility to teach her how to take care of her family. “I sympathize with Liza, but I have done already done enough for her. In these economic times we as parents need to be resilient and do what it takes to provide for our own families,” Joe said. The Terror Squad rapper dialed into Hot 97′s morning show where he told the crew that he had done right by Rios, encouraging her to open her own business to support her family and even paying her out of pocket after she squandered her husband’s remaining money. Joe said that he finally cut off dealings with Rios, especially after she continued to disrespect Pun. “At the same time as saying ‘I’m Puns wife, take care of me,’ she’s basically disrespecting his legacy,” Joe said.