Cardi B has settled its two-year legal battle with former manager Klenord “Shaft” Raphael, Pitchfork can confirm. According to the court documents viewed by Pitchfork, the lawsuit including all claims and counterclaims is “hereby dismissed in its entirety with prejudices against all parties”. The documents filed in New York’s Southern District Court on December 24th continued, “The parties have also agreed that each party to this lawsuit will bear their own costs and attorney’s fees.”
In April 2018, Raphael (who is listed as a co-writer on “Bodak Yellow”) sued Cardi for $ 10 million, claiming he was “frozen” from her career. He claimed he discovered Cardi and played an “essential role in developing her music career and public image”. Cardi moved from Shaft’s KSR group to the Solid Foundation (the artist management branch of quality control) in March this year.
The following July, Cardi counterclaimed $ 30 million, claiming that Shaft “put barriers in between [Cardi] and people close to her in order to be in complete control of her “, dictating” whom to see romantically and who not “. It called Shaft “fraudulent and disloyal” and “selfish and controlling”.
Pitchfork asked representatives from Cardi B and Klenord “Shaft” Raphael for further comments.