Hip-hop star T-Pain got slapped with a lawsuit Monday in Broward Circuit Court — for canceling a major concert in Guyana last month because of alleged kidnap and death threats.
The plaintiff, Hits and Jams Entertainment, says the 23-year-old rapper and his reps became a major pain by making grandiose demands — from a private jet and FBI protection to a phone chat with Guyana’s president.
T-Pain, paid $75,000 in advance, failed to appear, according to the complaint filed by Miami attorneyRon Lowy.
Hits and Jams, the Georgetown-based concert producer and promoter, along with three of its officers, also sued T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Touring and Chase Entertainment of Fort Lauderdale.
T-Pain’s real name is Faheem Najm. The moniker stands for Tallahassee Pain — he was born in Tally.
T-Pain was to headline the Republic Day event on Feb. 23. Hits and Jams provided more than a dozen airline tickets for T-Pain and his entourage, including seven in first class. The contract also called for: a ”four-star hotel or better” with Cartoon Network and 24-hour room service; a stadium dressing room with a private bathroom; and bottles of Grey Goose, Gran Patrón Platinum and Hennessy, and Gatorade and herbal tea.
But on Feb. 20, Chase Entertainment’s David Abram told the promoters he’d been ‘advised by a credible source associated with T-Pain’s camp that T-Pain should not `come’ to Guyana because he would be killed or kidnapped because Hits and Jams had not paid their ‘street guys.’ ”
Negotiations failed to allay T-Pain’s security fears, although the threats were never substantiated. Two days before showtime, Abram ”offered to return the $75,000 advance payment and to assist with the damage control,” the suit says. But the promoter said that would not offset damages or “remedy the disappointment to the Guyanese fans.”
Lowy lodged a $5 million breach-of-contract claim against T-Pain and Nappy Boy. He also filed libel and defamation counts against all the defendants, including Abram.
Responds Abram: ”It was a legitimate security threat.” Chase, T-Pain’s management company, did not want to put the artist in ”harm’s way,” Abram adds.
”We feel horrible about not being able to play the concert,” he said. “We are going to do what needs to be done to make this right with the promoters They’re a good company. We’re a good company.”
Circuit Judge Peter Weinstein has the T-Pain case.