Offset is taking on his record label. The Migos member — at least for now — has filed a lawsuit against Quality Control Records. He’s accusing the label of ignoring a deal they made in January 2021 prior to his solo music project.
According to the suit, Offset says he negotiated his solo deal with a separate label when Quality Control Records refused to renegotiate the terms of his deal with them. He also said he “paid handsomely” for his artist rights from QC. But he claims QC now wants a cut of his solo project, which was recently released.
Offset is signed to Motown Records for his solo projects.
Offset just dropped the Baby Keem-produced solo single “54321” on Aug. 19 and, according to Offset, QC tried to claim it as its own. He described the action as “hostile.” He has another song entitled “Code” with Moneybagg Yo being released on Aug. 26.
Offset’s wife, superstar rapper Cardi B, weighed in on the situation on social media. She posted, “Offset bought himself out his Qc deal after they didn’t want to renegotiate his contract… I’m tired of people trying to make Offset look like the bad guy…ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”
According to the court filings, Offset wants the court to declare that QC does not own anything he’s made since January 15, 2021, or in the future.
Offset complains in the suit that Quality Control has controlled his career as a recording artist and songwriter for more than a decade. Offset signed a deal with QC in 2013. Under the deal, the label maintained full control and took 50 percent of his profits. Migos released their debut album, “Yung Rich Nation,” in July 2015, through Quality Control Music and 300 Entertainment. The album reached No. 3 on Billboard’s U.S. Rap chart, No. 5 on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and No. 17 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Offset, who has a net worth of $26 million, formed Migos with fellow rappers Quavo and Takeoff.
“Quality Control also collected a sizable proportion of all the money that Offset made through his ingenuity and hard work,” the suit reads. “When he came to understand the full ramification of the deal that he entered into, Offset set out to regain control of his solo career notwithstanding Quality Control’s overreaching deal with Migos as a group, which remains in place.”
Quality Control released a statement to Rolling Stone about the filing: “Not only are the accusations in this lawsuit false, they are totally detached from reality. Offset remains a part of QC.”