Megan thee Stallion took to Instagram Live today to let fans know her label, 1501 Entertainment, is blocking her from dropping new music. The Houston Hottie alleged she went to label to renegotiate her label and subsequently was shut down by the label.
Struggling with a case of the sniffles throughout the video, Megan explained, “Wasn’t trying to leave the label, wasn’t trying to give nobody money they think they’re entitled to, I just wanted to renegotiate shit,” she said.
Alluding to rapper Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s “made Hov” line from “Lost Ones,” Megan continued, “You mad because I don’t want to roll over and bow down like a little bitch and you don’t want to renegotiate my contract. N****s be like, ‘Oh yea, they made Megan thee Stallion.’ Megan thee Stallion was Megan thee Stallion before I even got over there. I been rapping, been freestyling, been doing me, been Meg.”
She then warned her fans, “If y’all don’t see music from Megan thee Stallion, it’s because 1501 don’t want to drop that music.”
In early 2018, Megan signed with Houston-based 1501 Certified Entertainment, a label owned by former MLB player Carl Crawford. Later that year in November 2018, she signed with 300 Entertainment. The 25-year-old rapper subsequently signed a management deal with Roc Nation in fall 2019.
While Crawford helped facilitate Megan’s deal with 300 Entertainment, he has said he felt blindsided by her decision to sign on with Roc Nation. In an interview with Dirty Glove Bastard following the signing, he explained, “For whatever reason I wasn’t kept in tuned about it. It doesn’t affect me as a label at all. She’s still signed to us. She’s able to have a manager to do stuff with her and stuff like that. It’s no big deal. She’s still signed to 1501 so I just deal with that part.”
In the same video, Crawford said Megan was signed to a four-album deal. Thus far Megan has dropped EPs “Tina Snow” and “Make It Hot” along with “Fever,” an effort she’s described as a mixtape. It’s not clear if any of the three projects go toward fulfilling her contract obligations.
Seemingly alluding to Megan’s video statement, Crawford today (March 1st) took to Instagram where he posted an image of himself and his business partner, Houston music mogul J Prince. In the caption he wrote, “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 ”
Lamenting the level of support 1501 Entertainment provides, Megan also stated, “Like, people be like, ‘You should be doing this, you should be doing that.’ I’m signed to independent labels. I’m not signed to them big-ass labels these other artists are signed to and they got pushes and they get placements and they do all kind of shit. Anything you see me do, it’s ’cause I woke up and did it that day. It’s not nothing that nobody came put in my hand. I work for everything that I do. I really be working and to try and and stop me from working is really crazy. All I want to do is make music.”
Implying her deal with 1501 Entertainment wasn’t a favorable one, Megan then went on to warn musicians to read their contracts very carefully before signing. “To new artists, coming out, I just want to say, please it might seem good, it may sound good, but you definitely got to read,” she said and added, “Don’t sign nothing without no real lawyer and make sure you lawyers is not the lawyers of your label lawyers. Get your own lawyer with they own opinion.”
Check out Megan’s Instagram Live below.