T-Pains Father Blasts Akon Over Business Practices
Shaheed Najm, father and former manager of superstar artist T-Pain, is lashing out at Akon for allegedly creating a permanent emotional and financial rift with his son.
In an interview with Ozone magazine, Najm details the entire situation, which reportedly began during T-Pains negotiations to sign with Akons Konvict Music.
According to Najm, his services as his sons manager were lost after Akon and his brother Bu spread lies to T-Pain behind his back.
Unknown to me, they were having different discussions behind the scenes. Akon had my son signing papers without contacting me, knowing that Im his manager, Najm stated. [Akon and Bu] spread rumors that Im on crack. Most folks dont know this, but Im on a waiting list for a heart transplant. Ive had a triple bypass and a stroke since dealing with the Nappy Headz. For them to disgrace me like this and treat me like a bad daddy thats why Im fighting back. Ive let a lot of things go without commenting out of respect for my son. And I didnt sue to get my money because thats my child. I love him more than I love money.
What damaged Najms relationship with his son the most was a 2005 interview where T-Pain alleged his father requested a $250,000 payoff for his earlier management services.
While he admits to requesting money, Najm clarifies that the amount was greatly exaggerated.
T-Pain said in an interview that I so-called blackmailed him for$250,000. I am the first black male in the damn family, Najm fumed. I am the original black male. (laughs). But I never tried to blackmail him for $250.000. Thats a goddamn lie. Ive never asked him for $250,000 to pay my bills. I asked him to give me and his mother one show per month and let us split the proceeds. At the time he was only making $20,000 a show. One show a month. He was doing a whole bunch of shows. Thats nothing big to ask for. Ive never asked for $250,000 and I really dont appreciate being lied on. Ive heard all kinds of stuff, but when you challenge me as a man and as a father, I hate that with a passion.
Najm still professes to love his son deeply, and to end any hostilities has chosen to keep out of his sons professional career.
Regarding Akon, he states their animosity has not subsided.
Akon and Bu are nasty ass n*ggas. Theyre supposed to be Muslims but theres nothing Islamic about what they did to my family, he stated. Ill slap the s**t out of Akon. Hes a thieving, un-Islamic, back-stabbing p***y. Put that in the book. Im hotheaded enough to tell him that to his face Now when [T-Pain] comes to town, I graciously honor him for his accomplishments and keep my old ass at home.
At press time, T-Pain nor Akon could be reached for comment.