|Net Worth:||$40 Million|
|Birthday:||Sep 30, 1984|
|Age:||38 years old|
|Height:||5.7 feet (173cm)|
|Birthplace:||United States of America|
|Occupation:||Rapper, Producer, Songwriter|
|Last Updated:||March, 2023|
Faheem Rasheed Najm, who is going by the stage name of T-Pain, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and rapper who has been actively making music since 2005. The Grammy-awardee musician officially started his journey at the age of 21 and immediately caught the hearts of the music fans with his hip-hop/rap music like Bartender and 5 O’clock. With more than 15 years in the industry, Najm’s net worth is reported at $40 million as of 2023.
How Did T-Pain Become Rich?
On September 30, 1984, Najm was born in Tallahassee, Florida. His parents, Aliyah and Shasheem, raised Najm together with his two older siblings, with a life deprived of luxury and comfort. His parents were making a below-average income that was just enough to get by, so despite Najm’s interest in music at a young age, he couldn’t pursue his career in this industry due to lack of funds. Fortunately, fate opened its doors for Najm who had found a way to make the most out of his interest in music thanks to one of their family friends who owned a studio.
At the age of three, Najm regularly visited his friend who was a gospel jazz artist and producer at the time. His exposure to his friend’s music has led Najm to find rap as his favorite genre of music. After seven years, he was able to build his tiny music studio inside his bedroom where he made use of a beat machine, keyboard, and four-track recorder to experiment with the music style.
After joining a rap group called “Nappy Headz” in 2004, T-Pain produce a cover of the Akon’s “Locked Up” called “I’m Fucked Up” which was then famous among music lovers. This has started Najm’s career as this led him to be part of Konvict Muzik, Akon’s music label. Due to his popularity, he got tons of lucrative offers from other recording companies.
In August 2005, T-Pain released a single entitled “I’m Sprung” which became a success among many hip-hop/rap fans. It reached the Billboard 100 chart and sat at its 8th place during that time. In December of the same year, he also released his debut album named “Rappa Ternt Sanga“. His album made it into the 33rd spot of the Billboard 200 and gained a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) after selling half a million copies across the US.
Two years later, T-Pain released his second album “Epiphany” which contained some of his iconic songs like “Bartender” and “Buy U a Drank“. While his debut album set a high standard to beat, it was effortless for his second release as he surpassed his previous record making it on the top of the Billboard 200 music chart and selling almost 200,000 copies. In the following years, he collaborated with other rappers and musicians like Flo Rida, DJ Khaled, Ludacris, and Chris Brown. His collaboration with Kanye West’s single “Good Life” won the Grammy award for the Best Rap Song in 2007.
In 2008, his third album called “Three Ringz” was released under Nappy Boy Entertainment – Najm’s very own recording label which he established in 2006. The album, featuring some of his hit songs like “Freeze” and “Can’t Believe It”, brought Najm at the top of the US R&B chart and was placed fourth at the Billboard 200.
In the following years, he continued collaborating and making music with his fellow musicians, and T-Pain also managed to win another Grammy award for the Best R&B Song with his collaboration with Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It“.
In 2011 T-Pain released his fourth album called “Revolver”. Unlike the previous years, Najm only got the seventh spot on the US R&B chart and 28th on the Billboard 200. Though it did not turn to be as successful as it hoped to be, the album still featured songs that are still popular as of today like “5 O’clock” with Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen and “Turn All the Lights On” with Ne-Yo.
After this release T-Pain took a break and did not release any album until 2017’s “Oblivion” which did not turn out to be as successful as expected. His six-year hiatus from the music industry has impacted his career as a musician, but he did not take this for the sake of relaxing: the singer has reportedly battled depression after getting heavily mocked and bashed for his use of auto-tune in his music. This was not only caused by fans but also his co-musicians like Christina Aguilera who wore an “Autotune for pussies” shirt and Usher who accused him of robbing the fans and singers’ real music by his auto-tuned songs.
While T-Pain’s style was heavily criticized, he was able to turn this also as his trademark. In September 2009, he launched “I am T-Pain” with the help of the Smule app creator. The “I am T-Pain” app allows people to use his auto-tune style in karaoke.
In the recent years Najm has gradually gone back to the music arena. In 2019 he won in the American reality TV series, “The Masked Singer” and made a surprise his fans with his new album, “1Up”. He then made a US tour to promote his album. From 2020 to 2021, he released a few singles like “Get Up” and “I Like Dat” with Kehlani.
What Is T-Pain Net Worth?
T-Pain’s music career has brought him a net worth of $40 million in 2023. Most of his wealth is accumulated through his music and record label Nappy Boy Entertainment.
It was reported that the majority of his wealth was generated from the sales of his albums. His highest earning came from his very first album, “Rappa Ternt Sanga”. He earned over $20 million after breaking the music charts and selling over half a million copies worldwide.
His second and third albums, “Epiphany” and “Three Thingz”, only earned around $10 million each. T-Pain’s album earnings even plummeted to $2 million with his fourth album, “Revolver”. The last two albums, “Oblivion” and “1Up”, only earned $1 million each.
Although his career as a musician hit rock-bottom during his hiatus, another source of his income is his car customization shop called Auto Extremes located in Conyers, Georgia.
T-Pain’s career went out of the limelight for a few years, but he is set to return to the industry as of 2023. It was reported that T-Pain charges between $75,000 to $149,999 per one performance.
In December 2021 T-Pain has shared information on how much streams a musician has to have to earn 1 dollar. The numbers are as follows:
- Amazon Music: 249
- Apple Music: 128
- Tidal Music: 78
- Napster: 53
- Deezer: 156
- Pandora: 752
- YouTube Music: 1250
How T-Pain Spends His Money?
Just like other artists who rose from rags to riches, the Grammy-award-winning musician deserves to pamper himself with luxuries of life.
In 2007, T-Pain purchased $1.32 million worth property lot in Duluth, Georgia. His million-dollar home was located in the river-gated subdivision in Winfield. He bought another home in Palm Beach County in Florida but lost it after failing to fulfill his mortgage loan amounting to $83,061.86.
Aside from houses, the rapper is also known as a car enthusiast. In an interview with Forbes, the musician said that he owns a total of 32 cars in his collection. His favorite is his Rolls-Royce Phantom which he bought for more than half a million dollars. T-Pain also owns a MINI Cooper, Bugatti Veyron, and Ferrari F430. He said that he buys cars not as investments but merely for emotions.
- The “T” in Najm’s stage name “T-Pain” means Tallahassee where he was born, and the “pain” is inspired by the tough life and the pain he had experienced when he was young.
- Najm was raised by Muslim parents but never practices nor actively engaged and believed in the religion.
- T-Pain is a gamer and streamer.
- In 2003, he married Amber Najm. They married after their long-time relationship and before Najm was even successful in the music industry. They have three children named Lyriq, Muziq, and Kaydnz.
- T-Pain streams on Twitch for over 800 thousand followers.