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Denies Having a 360 Deal with Atlantic, Countersues 'Controlling' Ex-Manager

11 July 2018

Heavily pregnant American female rapper Cardi B has filed a $15 million countersuit against estranged manager Klenord "Shaft" Raphael. It claims Shaft exerted control over Cardi B in order to gain a larger percentage of her earnings than previously stated in her initial agreement with WorldStar.

Cardi B is not letting her pregnancy stop her from taking care of business. The countersuit lists Shaft received a 20% commission and tried to take advantage of her Sony music publishing deal by demanding that he received 50% of revenue.

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Shaft has yet to respond publicly to Cardi's latest move.

The rapper, 25, is suing Shaft after he went after her for $10 million earlier this year. The lawsuit also alleged that Cardi B defamed Shaft in social media by accusing him of "robbing" her. This is the same record label that signed rap group the Migos, of which her husband Offset (real name Kiari Kendrell Cephus) is a member.

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Shaft filed a lawsuit April 26 against the musical artist, whose full name is Belcalis Almanzar, saying he felt 'Offset is responsible for steering Cardi B to QC to be managed by Thomas and Lee in all of her entertainment endeavors, ' according to Variety.

"This case arises out of the deceitful and disloyal conduct of a self-serving and controlling personal manager, Counter-Defendant Klenord "Shaft" Raphael and his entities through which he does business, WorldStar and KSR, who together, among other things, breached their contractual and fiduciary duties to Counter-Plaintiff Belcalis Almanzar, an immensely talented and trusting young artist", the court documents state. This apparently included her relationships as she claims Shaft would tell her "who she should and should not see romantically". Leonard is listed as a co-writer on Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow".

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The rapper is being represented in this legal dispute by Paul LiCalsi, a partner at Robins Kaplan who has been the long-standing attorney for The Beatles.

Denies Having a 360 Deal with Atlantic, Countersues 'Controlling' Ex-Manager