The release of her latest EP, ‘Suga,’ may have signaled proof Megan Thee Stallion had won a legal battle against her label, but the war is far from over.
After a failed attempt to reverse the restraining order she has against them and block the project’s March 6 debut (as we reported here), 1501 Certified Entertainment returned to the courts to request the Rap diva’s civil suit against them be dismissed.
“Lawyers for the label filed court papers on March 11 asking for her case to be put on hold indefinitely because their contract says that she can’t sue the label if they disagree over it. If the judge approves the case going through arbitration, the outcome may never be made public.
1501 said Megan willingly entered into an artist’s contract with the company two years ago, and under the terms of that deal, any disputes between them would be settled privately through arbitration. [The label’s owner Carl Crawford] and 1501 contend that having Megan’s case proceed would violate their artist’s agreement and the law.”
As Crawford complains to the Texas courts about the legality of the ‘Hot Girl Summer’ hitmaker’s moves, more of her label mates are complaining about the imprint’s treatment of its artists. Houston rapper HardyBoy Pigg (who claims he was the first act signed to 1501), says his story mirrors Meg’s:
“The same shit Megan went through, I was going through,” he said reflecting on how the label allegedly refused to release his recorded songs. “[Crawford] was really on some bully stuff. He didn’t give me nothing.”
Rapper Haroldlujah told our friends at Complex the 1501 label deal “was like signing with the devil” and that he’s still signed to them despite having no contact with its CEO in over a year. He went on to say:
“You’re not expecting your CEO to get upset about a personal situation, and it affects the business,” Haroldlujah says now. “Based off that, he was not promoting me.”
Like Haroldlujah, rapper Psyco Sid and singer Railey Rose claim they were mistreated by 1501 Certified Entertainment. While the former argues Meg’s rapid popularity is what overshadowed label attention to him, the latter said:
“They gave all of their artists diamond chains to state you were a part of 1501, but I physically never signed any contract with them,” she stated. “They distributed most of my music and I never received any statements or earnings. I never was given a true advance. Never was given any earnings from my music throughout the three years I was around. They paid for my hotels and travel when I was promoting my music in different cities but as far as anything else I was pretty much on my own.” [source]