Last weekend, Megan Thee Stallion took to Instagram Live to address how the Houston-based label she’s signed to, 1501 Certified Entertainment, won’t let her release any new music. She said how she signed with the label when she was 20-years-old and denied not reading the contract. She explained how she didn’t understand some of the terminology in it. Nonetheless, she should’ve had lawyers look closely at the wording in the paperwork. She has since sued Crawford and 1501 for $1 in damages.
Megan has also received a temporary restraining order from a Texas judge against 1501 in order to release new music that is rumored to be released at the end of this week. It turns out that in her 60-40 deal with the label, she’s only received $15,000 out of the $7 million she’s generated for 1501. Crawford recently told Billboard how Megan changed up after the fame with $100,000 shows and social media followers. He is sticking by his defense in a new interview with Variety as well.
Crawford said as soon as Megan signed the management deal with Jay Z‘s Roc Nation label, she decided not to honor the 1501 contract anymore and didn’t want to pay them anything. He added that he was completely “blindsided” by this deal as well.
“She fell for the oldest trick in the book. The divide and conquer thing, it worked like a charm. They divided, conquered, make you think everything is bad. Before Roc Nation came, I was an angel sent from above. After Roc Nation, I was the devil.”
Crawford also mentioned how before Roc Nation came into the picture, Megan never had a bad thing to say about 1501. You couldn’t find one video online of her bashing the label. Crawford also denied Megan’s claim that he didn’t want to renegotiate her contract but her lawyers supposedly had a “You better do this or else” mindset. The former MLB All-Star added that Roc Nation wanted to completely cut him out of this situation as Megan hasn’t paid a dime of what she owes him.
Crawford insisted that after Megan’s mother passed last year, everything changed from that point. He says if she never passed, he and Megan wouldn’t be in this situation right now. The passing “opened up a tunnel for snakes to come in,” as Crawford described it. Despite the drama, Crawford wants to focus on 1501 right now and keep pushing artists such as Arkansas’s K’ona Lisa. He simply wants the label to function as a company and get bigger so he can help Houston artists reach their goals.