Klenord “Shaft” Raphael is said not only to have discovered Cardi B, but also to have supported her financially and has been demanding his million share from the world-famous rapper since 2018.
Lawsuit in 2018
Cardi B was employed as an entertainer in a bar in 2015, was scouted and signed by Klenord “Shaft” Raphael. The latter was able to use his contacts to ensure that the New Yorker got a place in the VH1 reality TV show “Love & Hip-Hop” and thus laid the foundation for her current career. Shaft is also said to have made the rapper believe in herself and put her in touch with the producers of her worldwide number one hit “Bodak Yellow”. Cardi B eventually became famous from one day to the next, making millions. So many, in fact, that she left her manager overnight, looked for a new team and signed a contract with Quality Control Management.
However, Klenord “Shaft” Raphael did not want to let his fat fish off the line and sued his then client for a proud ten million dollars …
Counterclaim and settlement
Cardi B did not want to let the lawsuit sit on him, retought and wanted $ 30 million. She claimed that Shaft had violated her original agreement because he had embezzled fees and illegally transferred a higher cut. Their first own deal is also said to have been signed without a lawyer in the room and is therefore void.
For two years, the former colleagues quarreled in court before they put the disputes aside. “This action, including all claims and counterclaims, is hereby dismissed in its entirety without prejudice to all parties,” read the court documents at the end of December 2020. “Both parties have further agreed that both parties shall bear their own costs and attorneys’ fees.”
How much coal Cardi B transferred to her former manager has therefore not been confirmed. However, fans can be happy that their rapper will soon get “a fat check” issued. After all, their accounts are said to be frozen as early as 2018, after Klenord “Shaft” Raphael filed a lawsuit for the first time.
What will the New Yorker buy from all the money she has earned with her last singles and her debut album?