Wiz Khalifa has recently filed a lawsuit against his former manager, Benjy Grinberg. The rapper is also suing the record label Rostrum Records for trying to pressure him into a “360” deal. Khalifa fired Benjy as his manager back in 2014. However, it seems as though his deal with Rostrum Records continues. Grinberg began managing Wiz Khalifa in 2004 when he was just 16 years of age.
Wiz filed the lawsuit in hopes of being free from his longtime contract with the record label. Variety reports that Wiz Khalifa alleges Benjy Grinberg and Rostrum were “faithless fiduciaries in direct contravention of their obligations to him.”
Wiz’s attorney at Venable LLP, Alex Weingarten gave a statement saying that “a musician’s most trusted advisor is their manager”. The lawsuit vies that Wiz Khalifa’s former manager took advantage of him when he was younger to impel him into the deal which reaches for more than a decade of his career.
The rapper’s attorneys believe that the contract made by Benjy Grinberg failed to mention alternative business arrangements to the rapper that would have been beneficial for him to know.
Grinberg had a chance to defend himself and stated that he is disappointed and surprised. He goes on to add that seeing an artist’s turn on someone who have supported them for years is disheartening. Wiz believes that ending his deal with Rostrum Records is justifiable under the California Labor Code’s seven-year rule.
Khalifa is seeking payment damages of $1 million from his former manager and Rostrum Records.