Cardi B counter 'sues' ex manager for R203 million

Lewis Collier
July 11, 2018

Back in April, Cardi B's former manager Klenord "Shaft" Raphael filed a lawsuit for $10 million against the rapper claiming, among other things, breach of contract and defamation.

He attempted "to control her personal life, telling her who she should and should not see romantically". Raphael claims that, after discovering Cardi B, signing her and recording her, he was cut off from his 20 percent cut of her revenue once she saw success.

Cardi also claimed Shaft "grossly exaggerated" his role in helping her achieve fame, and failed to provide monthly accounting and payments owed to her.

The suit claims that Shaft used money that belonged to Cardi for his "personal travel, entertainment and expenses" and his company KSR's employees had taken $15,000 as a loan without Cardi's knowledge.

Since leaving Raphael's management, Cardi's career has been guided by Quality Control's Solid Foundation, which is run by Kevin Lee and Pierre Thomas.

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In a statement to Page Six, a rep for Raphael says: "The facts are simple - Cardi B's music, image and rise to superstardom were all developed and executed by Shaft and his team of writers and producers".

The complaint, which can be read in full here, states: "Ms. Almanzar entrusted Shaft and his related entities with many aspects of her professional and business affairs and that trust was abused".

Last week, Cardi B made American chart history by becoming the first female rapper to score two Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles, when "I Like It" followed her breakout hit "Bodak Yellow" to Number 1.

Raphael blames both Offset and Patience Foster, who is Cardi B's makeup artist and publicist, for "turning" her against him, and feels that but for their influence, he would still be a part of Cardi's success. 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.

Cardi B is not taking the lawsuit from her ex-manager lying down.

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