Chance the Rapper has been hit by a million-dollar lawsuit by his former manager Pat Corcoran.
According to the complaint obtained by Pitchfork, the rapper born Chancelor Bennett allegedly owes Corcoran “over $2.5 million of unreimbursed expenses supporting and promoting Bennett’s career.” Corcoran, who had worked for Chance since May 2012 until April 2020, claimed that the rapper has not paid him the amount he was promised after he was let go.
Corcoran’s lawyer claimed that the pair entered the negotiation back in 2013, where they agreed that Corcoran would receive 15 percent of the “net profits from merchandise, tours and concerts, mixtape and album streams and sales, branding deals and endorsements, and film and TV ventures.” It added that Chance breached the agreement after he terminated Corcoran’s contract earlier this year.
Corcoran alleged that Chance fired him after his 2019 debut album, The Big Day, “was panned by many influential critics,” which later resulted in the “underwhelming fan support for its associated tour.” Per Billboard, the former manager is also suing Chance for “violation of the Illinois Sales Representative Act and unjust enrichment.”
In a statement addressing the complaint, Chance’s team claimed that Corcoran has already been paid for the commissions he was entitled to. “Most of the complaint consists of self-serving and fabricated allegations that are wholly unrelated to Mr Corcoran’s claim for commissions and were plainly included in a calculated attempt to seek attention,” the statement read. “Those allegations are wholly without merit, are grossly offensive and we will respond to them within the context of the litigation.”
At the time of writing, Chance has yet to address the allegations personally.
Late last month, the rapper returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform “PTSD,” his recent collaboration with G Herbo.