T-Pain Retires His Top Hat Collection, “I’m Getting Rid Of Them” [Video]

Written By S. Samuel

Grammy-winning singer T-Pain has announced plans to donate his iconic top hat collection to charity.

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According to Pain, the popular look was only for the promotion of his 2008 album, Thr33 Ringz.

“I have 332 right now,” Pain told television host Carson Daly. “Yeah, I had to number them and sign them because I’m getting rid of them, I’m giving them to the Grammy committee and they’re selling them on eBay and the money goes to foundations and charities. I will not [get more hats.] I’m giving them up, that was just for the Thr33 Ringz album. That was just for a ring leader look, you know I figured, if I’m gonna be fat with dreads, I might as well wear stupid clothes too. That was probably just part of the ensemble of the album.” (“The Carson Daly Show”)

Rapper Fabolous poked fun at Pain’s hat collection during a short-lived Twitter dispute last fall.

“Jus heard Tpain says F*ck JayZ & F*ck Fabolous too over Twitter… Ok, now me & my twiggas/Street Twitter Ditta Dam must go in on him! After D.O.A., #tpainbetter not be mad, UPS is hiring!! #tpainbetter not meet me in Brooklyn. #tpainbetter give Mr. Monopoly back his top hats!! #tpainbetter stay his a** outta the sun for the rest of his life!! #tpainbetter stop playin for JayZ buys every autotune machine in the world & end his career.” (Fabolous’ Twitter)

Pain previously retired his “Big A** Chain” necklace at a mock funeral in October.

The highlight of the night started with T-Pain pulling up in a pimped out orange and blue hearse bumping Jay-Z’s ‘Death of Autotune’. He stood around his car and jammed out for a multitude of photographers, video cameras, bloggers and media outlets alike. Then he walked to the back of the hearse and pulled out a coffin and inside was a skeleton dressed in jeans and a white tee, wearing the ‘BIG A** CHAIN’ and his top hat. After parking his ‘car’ Pain walked down the red carpet and entered the club. (24 Hour Hip Hop)

Pain is currently working on a new studio album.

T-Pain also shed some light on the progress of his latest album “RevolveR,” commenting that physical recording wrapped up last Wednesday and that the project was now in its mixing and mastering phase. The album, which T-Pain says should be out some time in April, will feature less in the way of collaboration than some of his previous releases. “I tried to keep it light this time because a lot of people were saying my other albums were only as good as they were because of the features,” he says. “So I’m gonna try to run the test on it this time.” (Billboard)

Check out T-Pain’s interview with Carson Daly down below:


Written by S. Samuel


  1. Even Charlie Wilson sells more records then Joe Budden….but not to bad for a Indie release

    • Charlie Wilson’s fans are older so they still actually buy cd’s instead of downloading the album off the internet for free like broke ass hip hop fans, sales will never reflect how many people have an album since most people download it. Your back handed compliment doesnt make any sense

    • While I have to admit it’s been a long time since I have gone to a store to buy a cd, I will never be one to download an album I would otherwise buy. There are albums I have downloaded, but if the album is a banger, I will end up buying it on itunes. If I download an album and I don’t buy it, then I didn’t like it.

    • Yea but look at them features? People always say flop by sales but never figure in the actual budget yell™

    • MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Master P, KRS One, Big Daddy Kane, Kwame, Rev Run all have big mansions as well, however, none of them will ever go gold ever again. Your point is moot.

    • Speaking on the impact he had in the pass compared to now i would say that it is not as strong.. Now i dont know anything about what that man eats or what type of home he has sir. I enjoy most of his MUSIC as a fan but why would i worry or care about anything else? If you found out t.i. Enjoyed man sex would you still care about this “big ass mansion?”

    • how he isnt on the major he independent
      i wish i could sell 30k copies of me talking over a beat.

      i tried and sold one copy

  2. That’s a good look for Joe, probably he’s highest chart album since his 1st album on Def Jam, Consider his E1 which is a Indie. I think him being on L&HH only help him tho…Charlie Wilson numbers are very impressing considering his old school but most of the older fans support & go out & buy the album.

    • Yea where it’s at since all you clowns was saying it was good and was gone but it, LIARS! Y’all downloaded it and didn’t support it out y’all pockets, fronted as usual. Admit it, most you equals only buy albums if a majority of others do it first smh yell™

  3. Kendrick will see plat and Rocky and TI gon hit gold. Damn niggas in the comments is right, with all that sales talk, Game MIA on the charts

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