The Migos are dealing with some major legal issues with some people on their team.
According to reports, the rap trio filed a lawsuit against their former attorney Damien Granderson and accused him of taking “excessive fees” from them without a written agreement. The suit was filed against Granderson’s law firm, Granderson Des Rochers, and his old firm, Davis Shapiro. The Migos claim he “robbed and cheated then out of millions” and failed to disclose the conflict of interest between Granderson representing Quality Control Music, the record label the Migos are signed to.
In the complaint, the Migos say they began working with Granderson in 2014. One year prior to that, they signed a record deal with Quality Control Music (QCM). According to the Migos and their lawyers, Granderson never mentioned that he also worked with QCM. In the statement it says,
“From the commencement of his representation of Migos, Granderson plotted and schemed to betray his clients so he could take care of himself and QCM, regardless of the consequences and ramifications to Migos.”
The complaint also claims that Granderson allegedly delayed the release of the Migos’ sophomore album, Culture when he “orchestrated a legal dispute with 300 Entertainment in an attempt to facilitate a move to a different record label, Capitol Records. (Migos’ first two albums—2015’s Yung Rich Nation and 2017’s Culture—were released by QCM and distributed by 300, but the group’s Culture II was distributed by Capitol,” Pitchfork reports. The complaint also says that if Culture wasn’t delayed, the Migos could have earned more money.
QCM CEO Pierre Thomas responded online and says that the allegations aren’t true and that they always practiced an honest business. Take a look:
“It is unfortunate that the same people that we have worked hard for,provided opportunities for, and championed for are now alleging that we have participated in any kind of immoral or unfair business practices or took advantage of them and their careers, especially while we are dealing with the death of an artist on our label that was dear to us. We have always practiced honest business and complete transparency from the beginning when we started Quality Control Music. We built this business on family values, which has been so hard to do when you are dealing with so much pride and ego. The problem that I have been struggling with in this business as black man is jealousy, hate, division, and lack of communication. I was a millionaire before I got in the music business and for me to know the sacrifices I have made for the people that I have invested in and put every dollar, blood, sweat, and tears into is nonsense. I will not stand by and let Quality Control Music’s reputation and everything we have built and sacrificed be tarnished by allegations of unfair and unjust business practices. I am a student of this game and I have watched several black record label owner’s get destroyed by the same things that I am facing right now. This is why majority of the people in this business end up in financial turmoil and ultimately failing to reach their full potential. It is hard enough to be fighting and battling with corporations and the powers that be, I am not doing it with those who I consider family. I love my artists and I love my team. Everyone has their own lawyers. I understand in this business that you are not always going to end with the people you started with. I say that to say, I am not forcing anybody to be in business with us that has a problem and cannot communicate and does not want to work as a unit. Everything is negotiable. I wish my whole team more money, more blessings, and continued success. #longlivemarlo”