Chance the Rapper’s former manager Pat Corcoran (aka Pat the Manager) is suing the rapper for a breach of contract, Complete Music Update reports. The complaint, viewed by Pitchfork, was filed in an Illinois court on November 30. In the lawsuit, Corcoran and his lawyers allege that Chance has violated an oral agreement, wherein he agreed to pay Corcoran 15% of his net profits. Corcoran also claims that he’s owed “over $2.5 million of unreimbursed expenses supporting and promoting Bennett’s career.”
According to the lawsuit, Pat Corcoran and Chance the Rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, began working together in May 2012 when they agreed that they “could profit from the music industry independently… and set out to transform Bennett’s music into a global brand.”
In 2013, Corcoran and his lawyers claim, Chance and Corcoran entered into the agreement that would pay Corcoran 15% of net profits from merchandise, tours and concerts, mixtape and album streams and sales, branding deals and endorsements, and film and TV ventures. The agreement was allegedly honored until April 2020 when Chance notified Corcoran that he was “terminating [his] engagement of Pat Corcoran and all entities controlled by Pat Corcoran.”
Corcoran alleges that he is owed over $3 million for commissions due to the streaming and sales of 10 Day, Acid Rap, and The Big Day, as well as proceeds from Live Nation Touring and commissions related to Chance’s participation in Season 2 of Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow.
In the lawsuit, Pat Corcoran also claims that Chance the Rapper fired him and replaced him with his father Ken and brother Taylor Bennett due to “fan disappointment in Bennett’s most recent album [The Big Day] and underwhelming fan support for its associated tour.” Corcoran and Chance’s relationship apparently began to fissure when Chance, in February 2019, announced a July release date for his debut album. The lawsuit reads: