T-Pain has had many regrets throughout his career, but buying his infamous “Big Ass Chain” for well over six figures seems to be the one he can’t get over.
The “Buy UA Drank” singer sat down with Oliver Tree for an episode of him Nappy Boy Radio Podcast earlier in January, explaining what pushed him to fight the ridiculous $400,000 chain that he still has.
“One of my biggest regrets, but I keep it to remind myself,” Pain said. “Actually now [it’s worth] probably $200,000 at most. Just the price just dropped – the price of gold and diamonds are not what they used to be.
“Someone was on the side of the stage at one of my shows and they said, ‘I bet you don’t get a big ass chain that says ‘Big Ass Chain.’ And I said, ‘You don’t know how much fucking money I have right now. So damn it don’t try me.’
He continued: “I don’t know the guy, didn’t get his number, never saw him again and went and spent money on this chain to prove to this stranger that I wanted to do it.”
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) 11 January 2023
T-Pain made the creepy purchase for the dazzled chain famous Atlanta-based jewels Icebox in 2009. According to Hatton Jewellersthe hefty “Big Ass Chain” weighs over 10 pounds and is crafted from yellow and white gold, while boasting a robust 197 carats of diamonds.
In his mainstream prime throughout the second half of the 2000s, T-Pain features were in high demand as artists wanted to sprinkle in his unique AutoTuned twang to add another element to their hits.
So it’s safe to assume the Florida-bred artist had more money flowing in than he could account for. In another podcast episode with Taylor Bennett last year, T-Pain revealed that he had so much money at one point that he started charging rare cars in exchange for guest verses and hooks.
“I started charging n-gga’s cars for songs,” he said. “It got to a point where I had enough money and n-ggas was like, ‘We need a hook.’ Hey, look, it’s a ’72 Impala I want. I don’t even want a new car bro get me an old school and I’ll make you this hook tonight.”
T-Pain’s immense financial security may be the reason he decided to try his hand as a Peloton instructor last year.
Thinking about crossing into the gym, he took to his Instagram in August to share a video of himself riding the stationary bike and barking instructions to fellow riders. Peloton seemed impressed with the audition and shared it on the company’s official TikTok page.