Wiz Khalifa Sued for $2 Million

Wiz Khalifa sued
Rostrum Records has filed a $2 million lawsuit against Wiz Khalifa.

The Pittsburgh rapper recently filed a lawsuit against the label and his former manager, Benjy Grinberg, in an attempt to get out of his 360 deal. TMZ reports that Rostrum Records is counter suing for unpaid fees from their existing deal.

Rostrum claims that Wiz still owes them a 15% cut of his touring and music royalties from a deal that was signed back in 2005, as well as 20% of Wiz’s merchandise sales.

Wiz dropped Grinberg as his manager back in 2014. The rapper’s own lawsuit asserts that Grinberg persuaded Wiz to sign a 360 deal despite this option not being in Wiz’s greatest self interest. “An artist’s most trusted advisor is his or her personal manager,” Alex Weingarten, Wiz Khalifa’s attorney, said. “Generally, nothing good comes out when the manager decides to go into business against his artist. Unfortunately, that is the case here.”

In his $1 million lawsuit against Rostrum Records, Wiz claims that he became tied to a deal that “reached for more than a decade into virtually every aspect” of his career.

According to Rolling Stone, Rostrum and Grinberg claim Khalifa’s lawsuit “is a transparent and baseless pre-emptive strike, designed to attempt to evade paying millions of dollars that Tomaz owes to defendant Rostrom Records, LLC.” It claims Khalifa’s rise to success in the music industry was due largely to Grinberg and his label’s efforts and that Khalifa “has concocted a fabricated story that mischaracterizes the relationships between the parties and the agreements at issue” rather than pay the money they claim the rapper owes.

A hearing for the lawsuit against Khalifa is set for August 1st.

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