He hasn't been making music to make money
It’s not uncommon for rappers to get busted for not paying their child support. Their lavish lifestyles can make them forget about the monetary obligations they’ve got, and before they know it, they’ve got tens of thousands to pay to their child.
Even though Mario Winans hasn’t been around much lately, he still forgot to pay his child support. He’s in the hot seat for hundreds of thousands, but he claims that the payments are just too much for him to make.
Mario Winans has been laying low for the past few years, but he used to be a hot commodity. He was a prolific rapper and producer for Bad Boy Records, and he was a featured artist on tons of hits. He may be best known for his work on Diddy’s song “I Need a Girl (Part Two)” which dropped in 2002, but his biggest hit was probably the 2004 song “I Don’t Wanna Know.” It reached the Number 2 spot on the charts in the U.S., but it was even more popular in the U.K.
Diddy kept Mario around to help him out on his albums, and Mario was credited as the executive producer of his 2010 album Last Train to Paris.
He didn’t start off in the world of rap though; he was a child of gospel. His parents Vickie Winans and Ronald Brown, and his stepfather Marvin Winans, were gospel singers and preachers. He started off recording and mastering gospel tunes, which he continued to do throughout his career as he started dabbling in hardcore rap. He actually won a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance for “Pray.”
Mario learned how to play the piano, keyboards, and drums while growing up in Detroit. It’s this type of musicianship that helped forge his career and keep him working, but things have been slow for him lately.
Mario claimed that he only nets about $3,000 a month off of his songs right now, which is why he hasn’t been able to pony up the $3,500 a month he’s been told to pay his baby mama. Mario has $178,000 in debt right now, so he clearly hasn’t been paying his fair share for quite a while.
The former rap star was arrested for failure to pay this child support and placed in a jail located in Bergen County, New Jersey. When asked what he was going to do to pay down this huge debt, he said that he would get a loan to pay a lump sum of $10,000 now. The judge decided that sounded like a good deal, so he was outfitted with a GPS monitoring device so that he could go about his business with a watchful eye remaining on him.
Hopefully, Mario can get caught up on this debt. He may petition the court to get the amount of his monthly child support decreased.
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