American rap queen, Cardi B is being sued by her former manager Klenord “Shaft” Raphael for a whooping sum of $10,000,000.
According to Variety, Cardi B left Klenord Raphael left late last month for Solid Foundation, the management wing of Quality Control, which is headed by Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas.
According to the claim filed on April 26, Raphael and his label KSR and management company WorldStar Marketing Group “demand judgement against Cardi B in an amount to be determined at trial, but not less than $10,000,000.” Cardi (Belcalis Almanzar), Lee, Thomas and publicist/stylist Patientce Foster are all named in the complaint.
According to a statement from Shaft’s rep, it read;
“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 evolved from Instagram influencer to music megastar, Shaft is disappointed by her actions to freeze him out of her career, which are detailed in the complaint. Shaft is confident that his lawsuit will validate his conduct and substantiate his legal claims.”
He claims that he orchestrated Cardi B’s relationship with VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: New York,” where she was a cast member for two seasons, while developing her music career and connecting her with songwriters and producers and helping her to secure label and publishing deals.
*Breach of contract, unjust enrichment, quantum meruit, declaratory judgment, and defamation against Cardi;
*That Cardi “has not only declared the agreements to be ‘void and unenforceable,’ but she has also repeatedly defamed Shaft, falsely communicating to her fiancé Kiara Kendrell Cephus p/k/a Offset, members of her entourage, and the public that ‘Shaft is robbing me’”;
*”Upon information and belief, Offset is responsible for steering Cardi B to QC to be managed by Thomas and Lee in all of her entertainment endeavors”;
*That “With actual knowledge of Cardi B’s exclusive management agreement with WorldStar, Defendants Foster, QC, Lee, and Thomas, without justification, intentionally interfered with that agreement, thereby depriving WorldStar of the substantial income, benefits, and advantages it was entitled to receive under that agreement.”
Among the more colorful claims made in the complaint are quotes from a pair of texts: “On December 16, 2017, [Cardi] texted Shaft: ‘I’m not f[*]cking with you nomore you dead ass doing me  Grimmey.’ After that communication, Cardi B began withdrawing from Shaft, contacting him less and less. Two days later, Offset contacted Shaft, confirming that Cardi B was spreading the lie that Shaft had robbed her: ‘[U] better stop play acting like u don’t know u taking her sh[*]t from her u a snake. U can’t hide from me N[****] and u not bout to play my WIFE.’”
Variety broke the news that Cardi was moving over to Solid Foundation from Shaft and KSR Group on March 27, where she joins rappers Migos — one of whom, Offset, is her fiancé and the father their baby, whose due date is in July — and Lil Yachty, among many others.