Megan Thee Stallion is standing her ground after being attacked by music executive J Prince for allegedly breaching her contract with her first record label.
Megan began her career with the indie label 1501 Certified Entertainment, started by former baseball pro Carl Crawford, although after a public argument on social media escalated, Megan said: “If you want to be real[…]I developed 1501.”
Late Tuesday night, J Prince wrote a lengthy Instagram post explaining the situation between the label and Megan as he sees it, and accused the rapper of multiple breaches of contract. This prompted “WAP” singer Megan to speak her mind on Twitter, hurling multiple accusations at J Prince and Crawford.
Megan Thee Stallion originally signed with 1501 Certified Entertainment in early 2018. By 2020 she announced that she was trying to renegotiate her contract with 1501 and as a result delayed the release of her debut album.
To speak out, she used the hashtag “#FreeTheeStallion” claiming she didn’t understand some of the “verbs” in the initial contract when she first signed. J Prince took issue with Megan’s anti-contract claims in his lengthy Instagram post.
“For years we have been silent as Megan Thee Stallion (MTS) and her [management] at Roc Nation (RN) lied about Carl Crawford and his 1501 label,” Prince wrote.
“Since 1501’s earliest agreement with Megan, long before MTS became a household name; 1501 generously agreed to give Megan 40% of her PROFIT, which is significantly more than the usual royalty that get a new artist from a record label.” Prince continued, “Any attempt by MTS or RN to portray a contract that provides an unknown young artist with 40% of the label’s profits as unconscionable or unfair is patently false and contrary to industry custom or norms. music.”
He went on to claim that any statements made by Megan or Roc Nation suggesting the 1501 contract is “unconscionable” are “untrue.” He went on to state that Megan has “repeatedly and willfully violated her 1501 contract” for years in “ways that are too numerous to list here.” He actually listed a number of ways in which he believes Megan violated her contract with 1501 and ended with one last accusation made against the label.
Prince stated that Megan is now “falsely claiming that 1501 leaked her album when the album was always intended by Megan to come out on 8/19 and where the leak actually hurt 1501 as much if not more than Megan.”
After her second studio album Traumatazine revealed earlier in August, she again went on a Twitter tirade, taking aim at her label and writing “let me gooo lol”.
J Prince’s Instagram message was written alongside a photo of him and Crawford. A picture below contains the words: “Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth, and sooner or later that debt must be paid.”
Not long after Prince made his statement on Instagram, Megan responded on Twitter.
“I’m so over these grown-ass men trying to take credit away from the work me and my mom did to start my career,” she wrote, the first of 13 tweets sent out on Twitter Tuesday night. “My mom and I ‘developed’ my career, I was already known for free styling and I was already working Tina snow before I got to 1501.”
Tina Snowwhich is now Megan’s Twitter handle, is the name of her second EP that was released with 1501 Certified.
She said that the founders of 1501 Certified “who were just starting a label for the first time wouldn’t be able to manage me properly, so I dealt with Roc [Nation].”
“At the time I was a bigger artist and I asked to renegotiate… DON’T LET what’s wrong with that? That man is greedy,” Megan continued, explaining the dispute to her fans from her perspective.
“I want this man to keep coming online with his back to talk like he did me it’s funny… was he writing my songs? Were you in my dorm room recording me rapping? What’s all this noise from my car mom anymore? Guess the numbers?? I don’t even know YOU.”
She further emphasized that other people who have signed with 1501 will have the same story as each other. She pointed out that in her opinion, Crawford is “fake” and has “talked so much s***” about J Prince.
The 1501 Certified Twitter account also got involved in the dispute, referring to the tweet about Crawford and Prince. “Now she sends tweets trying to cause a breakup between me and J,” read the tweet, which was then reposted by Crawford on his Instagram account.
Newsweek has reached out to Megan Thee Stallion, Roc Nation, J Prince and Carl Crawford for further comment.
Megan is involved in a legal relationship with 1501, and recently amended legal documents obtained from Varietyrevealed that he is seeking $1 million in damages from the label.
She is also asking Harris County District Court for her release in 2021. Something about Three Hotties, be defined as an album. If the judge rules in her favor, it is believed that she will have completed her contractual obligations by 1501 and will be able to leave the label.