Janelle Monae

Pop star Janelle Monáe is mourning the loss of her cousin, a mother-of-three, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Kansas.

Natasha Hays, 37, and her three children were asleep in their Kansas City home early Tuesday when someone fired an assault type rifle into the home.

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T-Pain and Lil Wayne

Scorned and ridiculed rapper and music producer T-Pain is back with a new song called “Let Me Thru”, featuring Lil Wayne and minus the tags from an earlier version. Listening to T-Pain rap with such authority on this track makes one wonder why he even used auto tune as a vocal crutch in the first place.

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Kirko Bangz ft. August Alsina - Rich

Rapper Kirko Bangz just dropped his music video for “Rich” featuring troubled singer August Alsina. The two Drake and Chris Brown wannabes must have purchased rapper T-Pain‘s old auto-tunes equipment. I guess copycat artists polluting our airwaves is a thing nowadays. Can anyone be original anymore? Watch the video after the break.

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Chris Brown is out of jail.

Troubled singer Chris Brown was led blind-folded to a surprise ‘out of jail party’ thrown by his bestie Karroueche Tran in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday. Invited guests included rapper T-Pain (who’s struggling to make a comeback), rapper Tyga, socialite Amber Rose, and rappers Akon and Lil Romeo.

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T-Pain battling depression

Rapper and music producer T-Pain opened up about his battle with depression for two years after his promising rap career was cut short.

T-Pain said his experience with mental illness helped him to sympathize with troubled singer Chris Brown who was released from a California jail this week, and was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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Frank Ocean

Rapper T-Pain is accusing the hip hop community — specifically rappers — of blacklisting singer Frank Ocean because of his sexual preference.

In an open letter on his Tumblr blog in 2012, Ocean wrote that he had “unrequited feelings” for another man. But rather than accept him with open arms, the hip hop community quietly turned their backs on the 26-year-old songwriter (no pun intended). T-Pain suggested other rappers were discriminating against Ocean by not featuring him on their tracks.

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A loyal reader who works in the same midtown building as rapper T-Pain’s lawyer emailed Sandrarose.com over the weekend to say she saw T-Pain, real name Faheem Rasheed Najm, leaving his attorney’s office on Friday (8/28).

Word gets around quickly, and she learned that T-Pain was there to attend a mediation meeting to resolve child support issues with his baby mama, Elisa Hood, aka Ms. Cherry from VH1’s Miss Rap Supreme.

Let’s just say that the mediation didn’t turn out as well as all parties had hoped.

For a rapper who just put out a track titled “I Support baby Mamas” [CLICK to listen] he certainly isn’t supporting his own very well.

Before Friday, Ms. Hood was barely making ends meet with a measly $2,000 a month from the same rapper who bragged about dropping over $400,000 on a “big ass chain” inlaid with 197kt. diamonds. When T-Pain posted the pics of his 10 lb. chain on twitter last month, we chose not to participate in the nignorance by reposting the pics.

According to court documents, this dead beat dad pulls down $15 million a year in records sales, royalties and appearance fees. He owns an impressive collection of almost 40 luxury vehicles, including a Lambo, Bentley and a Phantom. Yet the cheapskate and his attorney put an offer on the table for a mere $500 per month more than the $2,000 he is already paying Ms. Hood in support for their 2-year-old son King!

Don’t you hate so-called ballers who value money and material possessions over their own seed? Oh, did I forget to mention that T-Pain was already married with children at home when he laid up with Ms. Hood?

From what I hear, Ms. hood left his offer sitting on the table — as well she should have — and a court date is pending in family court. When that day draws near, I plan to send a photographer to snap some pics of T-Pain leaving the courtroom with his big ass empty wallet after Ms. Hood finishes taking him to the cleaners!

Photos: TMZ.com, Myspace

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