It’s only been one day since Megan Thee Stallion let her fans know she had an ongoing issue with her record label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, and she’s already filed a lawsuit against the company and its CEO, Carl Crawford. Oh and filed a restraining order against him too.
According to Billboard Meg was granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) Monday (March 2) against her label and its CEO by a federal judge in Texas. The rapper, whose real name is Megan Pete, said she took the “extraordinary step” of filing for a temporary restraining order because her label was instructing the distributor of her records “not to release or distribute any of her new music.” She says her new music is scheduled to be released on Friday and if it isn’t, it will “have a devastating impact, and cause irreparable injury” to her career.
A judge ordered 1501 Entertainment “to do nothing to prevent the release, distribution, and sale of Pete’s new records,” “to refrain from threatening or posting any threatening any retaliatory social media posts or threats against Pete,” to “refrain from threatening anyone associated with Pete or trying to prevent or limit others from working with Pete” and “to not intentionally falsify, alter, spoil, hide, transfer, or otherwise destroy any documents, evidence or recordings related to Pete in any way.”
Megan Goes On IG Live
The rapper opened up to her fans on Sunday about the issues she’s been having with 1501 Entertainment as she attempts to release new music off her forthcoming album, Suga. In a live Instagram video, Megan explained her side of the story, stating that when she signed a management deal with Roc Nation, they brought certain details to her attention about the initial deal she signed with 1501.
“I was like 20 and I didn’t know everything that was in that contract,” she said. “So when I got with Roc Nation, I got management — real management — and real lawyers. They were like, ‘Do you know that this is in your contract?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, damn, that’s crazy — no, I didn’t know.'”
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The Houston rapper put her label 1501 on blast for not allowing her to renegotiate her contract. She says after she signed to #RocNation for management she realized that there were inconsistencies in the contract she signed with the independent label but had no intention on leaving. Unfortunately, the label responded by not allowing her to release anymore music #FreeTheeStallion
Crawford Claps Back
Crawford and his mentor J Prince clapped back with messages about Meg on social media. Basically they don’t don’t feel bad for her and believe she’s getting a good dose of karma for trying to leave the label after all they invested in her.
If you recall Crawford is the ex-baseball player and fiancé to Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada. Apparently since retiring from the MLB he’s been involved in the Houston music scene and has close ties with Rap-A-Lot Records founder J Prince.
Coincidentally Megan also believes that Prince has played a role in a smear campaign against her, including the recent resurfacing of a five-year-old arrest.
Megan is seeking at least $1 million in damages. A hearing is scheduled for March 13 to decide whether to end or extend the temporary restraining order.