T-Pain Recorded Rappa Ternt Sanga With Equipment Stolen From CompUSA

Now some folks might claim that it's a crime that T-Pain is as famous as he is. But purchasing a drank for a shawty over 21 and penning a subsequent hit single about it is perfectly legal. Misinformation!

This does not mean that Teddy Paindergrass (real name: Faheem Rasheed Najm) has never skirted the law -- and in entertaining fashion, at that. In his new book, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop, intrepid scribe Ben Westhoff managed to coax the hilarious story of how the musician's pal boosted a "whole studio" of recording equipment from a CompUSA location. These illegally procured items were later used to assemble Pain's 2005 breakout album Rappa Ternt Sanga.

Hear the details of the Comp caper below:

For more on T-Pain's controversial rise to Auto-Tune prominence, check out an excerpt from Westhoff's book featured in this week's print edition .

And, if it isn't painfully obvious from that excerpt, Village Voice 's portion dealing with Scarface from Geto Boys getting on his old psychiatrist's lazy ass and Westhoff chasing 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell through the Atlanta airport featured in Miami New Times , this is a page-turner. We turned every single one of them earlier this year, and there are few books about hip-hop that display an equal depth of research, writing vigor, and an unabashed love for every subject involved -- even Nelly !

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