Chicago rapper Chance The Rapper is flexing his legal muscle. After an ongoing back and forth battle with his former manager Pat Corcoran, he’s upped the ante and sued.
Chance The Rapper Sues Former Manager
Chance The Rapper is suing Corcoran on accusations that he demanded kickbacks and exploited his position to get money out of the rapper. This comes two months after Corcoran filed a lawsuit against Chance over alleged unpaid commissions.
“Mr. Corcoran has been paid in full under his management services contract with Mr. Bennett. Yet he chose to file a groundless and insulting lawsuit that ignores his own improper self-dealing and incompetence,” Bennett’s attorneys said in a statement to the Tribune. “Mr. Bennett has moved to dismiss the majority of that meritless lawsuit, and filed his own lawsuit to remedy the harm that Mr. Corcoran caused through his breaches of duty. Mr. Bennett trusts the legal system to reveal the truth of the parties’ relationship in due course.” (Chicago Tribune)
Chance The Rapper + Dionne The Singer
The music star is putting his good works into his music, which created a collaboration with a legend in the R&B/soul genre. Chance and veteran singer Dionne Warwick made a song together inspired in part by his nonprofit organization. The song is called “Nothing’s Impossible,” inspired by a youth-empowerment organization Chance The Rapper founded called SocialWorks, and Hunger: Not Impossible, a service for children suffering from hunger.
“Chance and I will be getting in the studio very, very soon, and it’s going to be a pleasure working with him. … We’re going to try to do some wonderful things for people that are desperately in need.”
Chance The Rapper Sued By Ex-Manager
Chance found himself in some legal trouble, but not for reasons anybody would expect. Corcoran lawyered up in December 2020 against him over his firing.
Corcoran was fired as Chance’s manager in April 2020 after a working relationship that began in 2012 and spanned three acclaimed solo mixtapes and a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Corcoran’s suit details the circumstances surrounding the creation and release of Chance’s 2019 debut album The Big Day. The suit claims that Chance did not consult Corcoran before announcing in February 2019 that he would release his debut album in the summer of that year. Corcoran advised against this timeline, reportedly pointing to the fact that the album had not yet been recorded, and said the planning of Chance’s then-impending marriage would be a possible impediment to the album’s creation. (FADER)
Chance’s Bad Studio Sessions
Corcoran also cited Chance’s studio time. He claimed they were “unproductive and undisciplined” and bashed the album’s quality overall.
The suit also claims that recording sessions for The Big Day were “unproductive and undisciplined,” with the album itself being a “freestyle-driven product of sub-part quality.” Corcoran’s suit says that the tour behind The Big Day was postponed and eventually canceled due to “low ticket sales and poor attendance projections.”