"Former Suave House Records artist Tela is wanted for $128,000 in unpaid child support. According to reports, Memphis resident Tela AKA Winston Rogers has neglected to pay child support for the past 5 years." Source: HHLIVE.COM
Now I know that his news is a few weeks old, and I'm not entirely sure how the case stands right now, but being a fan of Tela's work on Suave House and Rap-A-Lot it caught my attention, and none the less it offers a good segway into a post I had in mind. While Tela's got his own baby mamma dramas going on right now, he is just another rapper in the long line of hip hop artists who've been burnt over child support related shit, a handful of which I'll mention below.
In mid-2006 Flint Town legend MC Breed got locked up for not paying $200,000 in child support payments, he said in court that "I'm in so much debt right now that it makes my head spin every time I think about it". The judge didn't give a shit about Breed's financial problems and sentenced the then 34 year old rapper to a year in the Jackson State Prison. I honestly feel bad for the dude, from living it up in Andre Rison's mansion with 2pac while filming the 'Gotta Get Mine' video and dropping an album called 'Big Baller' to pleading with the judge over child support payments, you've really gotta ask yourself how the fuck the midwest rap pioneer got himself into such a fucked up financial situation? Going by Breed's fairly recent collabo's on with the likes of The Dayton Family, Project Deadman and Esham, it's clear he still has what it takes so hopefully he can get back on his feet in the near future and drop some more dope music.
^Three Six Mafia - Baby Mama^
Juvenile of Cash Money Records is another culprit when it comes to failed child support payments. At the start of 2006 the New Orleans native was prosecuted (not for the first time) in Florida for failing to meet his responsibilities as the father of a dependent child. Staying down south, the self proclaimed snowman Young Jeezy was ordered to pay $1,400 a month in child support to his ex-girlfriend in order to support their 9-year old son. Other notable child support cases have revolved around rappers (or in some cases pop-stars) such as DMX, Jay Z, Puff Daddy, Eminem, 50 Cent, Beanie Sigel and Kid Rock. The interesting case is with Detroit native Kid Rock who actually asked for child support payments in 2001 from his ex partner Kelley Russell after she originally tried suing him in a defamation case for what he said about her on his track 'Black Chick, White Guy'.
Obviously the more money an artist makes the more prone they are to be embroiled in child support bullshit, whether they are black or white or from New York or New Orleans. On one side of the arguement it's obvious that there are alot of gold diggers out there with dollar signs for pupils who are out to milk successful artists for all they can. But on the other hand I can see the other side of the story, like Tweedy Bird Loc says in his diss to Eazy E - "It aint my fault the hoes is gettin' you for your riches, but you shouldn't have babies by 20 different bitches". Anyway, it's just another part of life that ultimately is always going to be reflected in hip hop music, I'll leave you all with a few tracks on the topic.
Daz Dillinger - Baby Mama Drama
Eazy E - My Baby'z Mama
Sir Mix-A-Lot - Don't Call Me Da Da
Thirstin Howl III - How Many Babee Movas
Three Six Mafia - Baby Mama