AceShowbiz - T-Pain has made a major revelation regarding Akon. When speaking with DJ Akademiks on his Twitch channel, the "All I Do Is Win" hitmaker claimed Akon used his brother Abou Thiam as his body double to perform at shows in the past.
"I came up with Bou was doing shows for Akon, n***a," the 37-year-old, whose real name is Faheem Rashad Najm, told Akademiks. The latter didn't buy his claim though, saying, "No, stop it, that never happened."
In response, T-Pain stressed, "Are you that naive my n***a? He went on to emphasize, "These n***as was getting double the shows every motherf**kin' month because Bou would go and slip freaking ... shows for Akon."
"You a trash fan if you ain't already know that. This was happening in 2000," the emcee continued. "Who would get on that stage and say he was Akon and lipsynced the motherf**kin' lyrics as much as he could, and they would pay for that s**t every time."
T-Pain himself has a little history with Akon. Back in 2020, Akon said in an interview with VladTV, "I think one of the major reasons is that T-Pain never left the hood. He just confined his music to urban music... That was it." He added, "I saw T-Pain as another me, to be able to cross outside of urban. Go into pop, go into EDM, go into Latin--I still think 'til this day he still can do it."
"You and I know better than anybody, urban audiences aren't loyal," he further elaborated. "Every year there's a new n***a. Every year. So, you gotta take full advantage, maximize your urban presence, and then right as that side n***a come in, you exit... Hip hop, it's a [stick] and move. It don't stick around long enough unless you continue to reinvent yourself."
Seemingly catching wind of the comments, T-Pain wrote on Twitter, "The very ppl that held me back is tellin y'all how I could've been bigger." Noting that he was "not angry at all," he explained, "I've grown. I've learned how to keep moving forward and not look back. Some ppl don't and that's ok. They'll get there at their pace. But I'm no longer gonna to allow my past to determine my future. I'm in control. See y'all on the brighter side. Love y'all."