Cardi B has reportedly settled the $30 million legal dispute with her former manager.
According to TMZ, the rapper and her ex-manager, Klenord “Shaft” Raphael, have finally reached an agreement over the two-year lawsuit which accused Cardi of shutting out Raphael after she found success.
Raphael filed the complaint in 2018 and initially sued the rapper for $10 million, saying he played an “integral role in developing her music career and public image” after discovering her in 2015, per Complex. Raphael, who is credited as co-writer on Cardi’s breakthrough hit “Bodak Yellow,” also claimed that he helped in her rise to fame before she inked a deal with Quality Control.
However, in 2019, Cardi filed a $15 million countersuit—later increased to $30 million—against Raphael, claiming he breached his contract and allegedly tried to take “unreasonable” cuts of profits. Per Complex, Raphael reportedly took advantage of the rapper’s “trust and naiveté and persuaded her to sign contracts and to enter into deals in which Mr Raphael attempted to take an unreasonable and unconscionable portion of [her] earnings in the entertainment industry for himself.”
Two years on and the lawsuit has finally been “dismissed in its entirety with prejudice against all parties,” according to court docs obtained by HipHopDX. “The parties have further agreed that all parties to this action shall bear their own costs and attorney’s fees.”
Following the news, Cardi took to Twitter to express her relief, tweeting on Sunday night, “Feels good to be free.”
But the rapper’s legal dramas are far from over. Cardi is reportedly due to appear in court sometime next year. She had been sued for using a person’s likeness without permission on the cover of her 2016 mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music Vol 1.