Quality Control responded to rapper Offset’s lawsuit, asking the court to dismiss his lawsuit for allegedly violating their agreement when he posted hashtags on social media for alleged misconduct.
Offset, who is married to Cardi B, is suing Quality Control, which he says is trying to claim the rights to music he released as a solo artist. The rapper filed the lawsuit last summer, alleging that Quality Control violated their January 2021 agreement in which he “paid dearly” to release him from his exclusive contract with QC. The new agreement allows him to pursue a solo artist career.
The lawsuit follows the release of his track “54321,” where QC claimed royalties for tracks produced by Baby Keem.
In a response filed this week, QC directors Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Offset has no legal standing because the song is a rental work that does not belong to him due to Their agreement, Radar Online reports.
“Continuing to accept the benefits of working directly with Capitol (after defendants assigned their rights to Offset under the Offset/Capitol agreement) produced the sound recordings as rentals, and because Offset produced 100% copyright in the sound recordings is automatically assigned by Capitol to Quality Control, and the plaintiffs may not take the position in this action that they are the owners of such sound recordings, and not Capitol or its assignees, Quality Control.”
Offset, who is signed as a member of Migos to Quality Control and husband of rapper Cardi B, said in his lawsuit that the label received millions of dollars from him to buy out his contract with the label. . That was after working with QC for over a decade and they took half of everything he made as a Migos rapper.
“Quality Control also received a substantial portion of all the income Offset earned through his ingenuity and hard work,” the lawsuit says.
It added that “Offset began to regain control of his personal career as he began to understand the full ramifications of the deals he had entered into (although the over-dealing of Quality Control with Migos as a whole remained.”
On Twitter, Offset also lambasted QC for trying to share his solo songs. In a tweet last August, Offset said he paid millions to break out of his contract with the brand. Cardi B echoed the sentiment in an Instagram Live video. He also claimed the label blacklisted him in the industry.
However, QC insists it owns the rights to the recordings.
“Because Offset is not the owner of records he made or continued to make at Motown on or after January 15, 2021, including the records “54321” and “Code,” [Offset] Lack of qualifications to take this action,” said the QC’s response.
At the same time, the QC also took issue with Offset blasting the content online, particularly on social media. It said it violated “the terms of confidentiality” because they accused Offset of sharing “the terms of the settlement agreement in the complaint and social media posts, and with various Universal Music Group executives.”
Offset’s legal team has yet to respond to QC’s defense.