Megan Thee Stallion went live on IG claiming that she’s being blocked from releasing new music after asking to renegotiate her contract with 1501 Certified Entertainment.
Megan Thee Stallion is arguably one of the most talked about rising rappers at the moment, but unfortunately all the social media buzz in the world can’t help you avoid the politics that can arise when it comes to a label’s control over the creative process of releasing music. Today, she decided to get some of that frustration off her chest in a very candid and revealing IG Live session where she revealed a dispute with her label could potentially halt any plans for new music.
Stallion’s label is 1501, which is based in Houston and owned by former MLB player Carl Crawford. She signed with the indie label in early 2018. She is managed by RocNation. “I didn’t really know what was in my contract,” she explained. “I was young, I think I was, like, twenty.” Stallion continued to explain that when she signed RocNation as her management, lawyers asked her if she “knew” what was really in her contract. “I wasn’t upset with 1501, because I was thinking, ‘everybody cool, we all family, it’s cool, it’s nice…let me just ask [them] to renegotiate my contract.’ This was apparently not the case. “As soon as I asked them to renegotiate my contract, everything went left,” she said. “So now they telling a b*tch that she can’t drop no music. It’s really just a greedy game.” (This is interesting as the label head Crawford did an interview a few months back, obviously upset about Meg’s Roc Nation deal and stating it was done behind his back without any prior knowledge of the situation.)
She continued, “I wasn’t trying to leave the label, I wasn’t trying to give nobody money that they feel like they entitled to, I just wanted to renegotiate some sh*t. I’m not a greedy person. I’m not a person that likes confrontation…I work with everybody. I’m nice. I’m really family oriented.” She then went on to seemingly address the label, saying, “You mad because I don’t want to bow down, roll over like a little b*tch, and you don’t want to renegotiate my contract.”
Megan Thee Stallion says that 1501 isn’t letting her drop new music due to her requesting to renegotiate her contract. pic.twitter.com/04KyZyW8H1
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Stallion also explained that she’d explicitly chosen to sign with an indie label so that she could have control over aspects of her profession like branding decisions. “I work for everything that I do,” she said. “To try to stop me from working is really crazy. All I want to do is make music. All I want to do is put out music.” Stallion then went on to warn any new artists that they try to learn from her situation. “Please, it might seem good, it might sound good, but you definitely got to read,” she said. “Read all that sh*t. Don’t sign that without no lawyer…and get your own lawyer, with their own opinion.”
“I never wanted to address it,” she said. “At the end of the day, when you really give a f*ck about music…and you really pray and you really believe in the lord…can’t nobody touch you.” The label head Carl Crawford has since responded with a cryptic Instagram post reading, “At a time when loyalty is at an all time low it’s nice to be link with @jprincerespect who is steady teaching me how to move in this cutthroat industry 💯 And I know that terrifies some especially the ones who double cross me✊🏾🤘🏾
#Paybacksabitch #1501 #mobties”
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