Give him his money
T-Pain has seen a bit of a revival in the most unlikely way. Aside from the fact that critics are just starting to look at the way that T-Pain accepted auto-tune as just another instrument to be experimented with and brought the idea to mainstream acceptance, he’s also been buzzing for a while off of an incredible performance at NPR headquarters.
NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert led to a series of acoustic shows that got Mr. Tallahassee Pain back on people’s minds. And now, he’s securing big festival checks like it’s the ‘00s. Or at least he would, if he had the right people around him.
Pain is suing his booking agent for failing to properly secure his bag for a festival in Ohio. The Blast reports that T-Pain was booked for a $50,000 appearance at the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio. He was offered $12,500 up front, another $12,500 a month later and $25,000 the week of the gig.
However, Pain only saw the first $12,500 with a 10% cut taken from United Talent Agency. While he got that initial money, a later check from the festival bounced… and they didn’t alert Pain until after he’d performed.
T-Pain says in the lawsuit that he performed as planned but the money wasn’t there. According to The Blast, he wasn’t informed that his check for the remaining $35K he was owed bounced until a full five days after he’d played his set. He’s suing partially because he believes that UTA should have been quicker to inform him and also that they should have known better than to enter into an agreement with a festival that had money issues.
The lawsuit alleges that T-Pain would have taken the issue up with the festival, but they are heading toward bankruptcy. He’s suing for $27,000 all together, and he’s coming for the agency because he believes they can actually cover it.
It’s the second time that T-Pain has sued to get the money he’s owed in recent months. TMZ reported that he’s suing the Cash Money imprint Young Money for failing to pay its artists.
According to TMZ:
“T-Pain’s company, Nappy Boy Productions, is suing Young Money … saying he produced Wayne’s track, ‘Got Money,’ which also featured T-Pain. Further, TP says one of his artists, Young Fyre, produced ‘How to Hate’ on Tha Carter IV.
The deal, according to docs, was that Young Money would pay T-Pain some royalties. According to the docs, there should be a bundle … because 2008’s Tha Carter III sold more than 3.2 million copies … and that’s in the U.S. alone.”
Good luck with that. You’ll probably see your money when Wayne sees his. It’s just a shame because we all know T-Pain needs his money. After all, he’s so generous with it, what with the drink-buying and all.
What do you think? Should T-Pain be going after his booking agency like this? Should festivals book acts if there’s any possibility that they won’t be able to pay them? What did T-Pain do to end up getting shafted all over the place, karmically speaking? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.