Gucci Mane is currently in federal detention while he awaits two charges of gun possession as a felon, after two incidents this September where he allegedly flashed a gun and threatened police, issues that see him staring down a possible 20-year prison sentence. But he’s also got a high-profile civil suit pending against Waka Flocka Flame, Waka’s mother and Gucci’s former manager Deb Antney, OJ Da Juiceman and Zaytoven regarding royalties, payments and ownership of his label, 1017 Brick Squad.
That suit has two main contentions, according to Gucci’s lawyer Thomas Reynolds; one, that neither Deb Antney nor Waka Flocka Flame have ever been authorized by Gucci Mane as part- or co-owners of 1017 and therefore had no legal right to be handling money and transactions on behalf of Guwop, and that certain songs-particularly OJ Da Juiceman’s “Make The Trap Say Aye”-were his songs, and were essentially stolen from him while he was serving time in prison. Gucci has contended that in the course of her management of him and on behalf of his label, Antney collected or disbursed funds that were never approved by him, and thus are now owed to him.
“Ultimately, if he’s not been paid the funds that he’s due, he’s got a right to be reimbursed for any amounts that have been withheld from him,” Reynolds said in an interview with XXL. “There’s people that were taking funds that they weren’t entitled to, and obviously he’d need to be recouped for that as well. So whether it’s performance income that wasn’t disbursed, or accounting may have been incorrect on, or royalties from the record label, at the end of the day there has to be proper accounting of them.”