Cardi B is being sued by her former manager Klenord “Shaft” Raphael, who she parted ways with last month for Solid Foundation (the management wing of Qaulity Control) which is run by Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas, according to Variety.
A claim was filed on April 26, Shaft and his label KSR and management company WorldStar Marketing Group, “demanded judgment against Cardi B in an amount to be determined later in trial, but nothing less than $10,000,000.” Cardi B (Belcalis Almanzar), Kevin Lee, Pierre Thomas, and publicist/stylist Patientce Foster are all named in the complaint.
Shaft’s rep gave a statement saying, “Since discovering Cardi B in 2015, Shaft has played an integral role in developing her music career and public image. While he is proud of their successful collaborations as she envolved from an Instagram influencer to music megastar, Shaft is disappointed by her actions to freeze him out her career, which he detailed in the complaint. Shaft is confident his lawsuit will validate his conduct and substantiate his legal claims.” He claims he orchestrated Cardi’s relationship with VH1 “Love and Hip Hop: NewYork,” where she was casted for two seasons, developing her music career and connecting her with song writers and producers and helped her secure a label and publishing deal.
Shafts claims goes as follows: Breach of contract, unjust enrichment, quantum meruit, declartory judgment, and defamation of character by Cardi, and much more. More specific complaint is quotes from a 2017 text message that read, “I’m not fucking with you no more you dead ass doing me grimmey.” Cardi text Shaft. After that communication, Cardi began withdrawing from Shaft, contacting him less and less. Two days later Offset (member of rap group Migos and Cardi’s fiancé) contacted Shaft, confirming a lie that Shaft robbed her: “U better stop playing acting like u don’t know you taking her shit from her you snake. U can’t hide from me nigga and you not about to play with my wife.” Offset text Shaft. In this complaint specifically Shafts says Cardi defamed his character.
As of now Cardi hasn’t made a statement about this lawsuit.
Whew it’s messy and going to get messier, we’ll keep you updated as this story developes.