As the release date for her debut album approaches, Cardi B is ready to tie up some loose ends regarding her mixtape, Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1.
Back in October, the Bronx-bred raptress was slapped with a lawsuit over the cover art of her mixtape. In the suit, Kevin Michael Brophy Jr. claimed he was “shocked, outraged, humiliated and appalled” when he saw the cover, which featured a tattooed man, face down in Cardi’s cooch.
Brophy claimed Cardi used the photo of his “one of a kind” back tatt “in a misleading, offensive, humiliating and provocatively sexual way to launch her career in music and entertainment,” which he claimed had tarnished his reputation and relationship with his family, as it went against their family’s beliefs. So, he demanded $5 million from the rap star for his troubles.
But now, Cardi is ready to settle this legal issue once and for all. The rapper’s legal team recently filed court docs, accusing Brophy of extortion.
According to The @Blast, Cardi’s team claims Brophy is looking to secure “Whatever piece of Cardi B’s income he can gouge out, and whatever free ride on her famous coat-tail he can gain, through extortionate means of this unfounded preposterous action.”
Although Brophy claims his back tattoo is a “one of a kind” piece that was done over a decade ago, Cardi’s team claims the photo is a “classic example of transformative work created in the exercise of the First Amendment rights of the photographer.” Additionally, since Brophy was never identified in the photo, the team says they are in the clear.
As a result, Cardi wants the lawsuit dropped immediately.