Christmas eve brought in some good spirits for the chart topping rapper, Cardi B as she is now free of the lawsuit beef she had with her ex-manager, Klenord ‘Shaft’ Raphael.
”This action, including all claims and counterclaims, is hereby dismissed in its entirety with prejudice against all parties,” the documents which were filed in New York Southern District Court state, as confirmed by AllHipHop’s report. This means that neither Cardi B nor ‘Shaft’ can bring up their lawsuit in court ever again.
The report also clarifies that ”the parties have further agreed that all parties to this action shall bear their own costs and attorney’s fees.”
It is unclear how Shaft has taken the news but we do know Cardi sees the court’s elucidation as an absolute win.
Taking to Twitter, the 28 year old female rapper retweeted @girlsinrap’s report ,writing, ”Feels good to be free”
What is the Cardi B lawsuit all about?
Right after Bodak Yellow blew up, paving Cardi B’s path to stardom, her manager, Shaft wasn’t too happy with the settlements. In April 2018, the rapper’s now ex-manager filed a $10 million breach of contract lawsuit against her, claiming that Cardi B was ignorant of their agreement when she signed to another management company, Quality Control. The company based in Atlanta also represents Cardi’s husband Offset, who apparently tried to threaten Shaft.
Shaft further asserted that he was responsible for Cardi’s fame and success as he provided her with essential connections who produced her chart-topping single, Bodak Yellow. His allegations further revealed that he was sidetracked despite playing an “integral role in developing [Cardi b’s] music career and public image,” and it is because of him Cardi landed her role on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop.
The Grammy winner retaliated by filing a $30 million countersuit opposing Shaft’s claims by saying it was he who breached their contract which was ‘one-sided’ as it was signed in absence of a lawyer. According to Cardi, despite being given 20%, Shaft demanded 50% of the commission off of her Sony Music publishing deal.
The counter lawsuit made some shocking revelations including the fact that Shaft tried to control Cardi B’s personal life by putting ”barriers between her and people close to her.” The suit tagged ‘Shaft’ as ”deceitful,” ”self-serving and controlling” because he had gone as far as telling Cardi ‘who she should and should not see romantically,’ according to TMZ’s 2018 report.
This two year legal battle barred Cardi from releasing her second album and enjoying her earnings from her hit debut album. Now with everything falling in place, Cardi ‘feels good to be free’. So could there be an album underway?