Atlanta-based rapper Gucci Mane is suing his one-time protégé Waka Flocka Flame and his mom.
Hip-hop beef, much?
The popular rhyme-sayer whose government name is Radric Davis and Michael Armour named Juaquin “Waka” Malphurs, Malphurs’ mother Debra Antney, producer and DJ Xavier “Zaytoven” Dotson, and rappers Khia Stone and Otis “OJ da Juiceman” Jones, Jr., in a federal lawsuit accusing them of fraud, racketeering, theft and breach of contract as it pertains to Davis’ company, 1017 Records, LLC, the complaint claims.
Neither Antney nor Malphurs were able to be reached by phone at Mizay Entertainment, the company Antney runs.
At least some of the accusations refer to events that happened during Davis’ 2009 stint in the Fulton County Jail.
The complaint says Antney, who manages her son’s career and has her hands in the rise of several area hip hop artists, was hired to manage Davis in 2006 and was released from her duties in 2009.
The lawsuit claims that Antney took control of the company and along with Malphurs and Stone spawned at least three separate companies without Davis’ consent and, for Malphurs, in direct violation of his artist’s contract.
The complaint claims that Antney stole a ring and necklace from Davis, failed to report tax information on her income, and seized control of his money and assets and used them for herself.
The lawsuit also accuses her of fraudulently inflating the costs of certain record label expenses and using the excess for personal gain.
The group withheld payments and royalties from Davis and Armour as well as records and information about the business of the company, the lawsuit alleges.
“Defendants’ misrepresentations and omissions were made with the intent that plaintiffs rely upon them,” the lawsuit reads. “The plaintiffs relied on the representations and would not have entrusted (the) defendants with their careers and livelihoods otherwise.”
In March, Malphurs publicly announced the rift between himself and Davis on an MTV interview, after Davis tweeted a week earlier that he was dropping Malphurs from his Brick Squad 1017 label.