Embattled rap superstar Megan Thee Stallion is now realizing the fruits of this first round of battle with her record label, 1501 Certified Entertainment. She successfully released SUGA on what looks like all relevant digital platforms. Megan also posted a statement of defiance last night, signaling she’s ready for the next round. She writes…
“I will stand up for myself and won’t allow two men to bully me, I am NO ONES PROPERTY. Y’all are choosing to highlight the issue of music splits…talk about everything else.
This has nothing to do with anyone else including JAY-Z, stop deflecting and trying to make this a publicity stunt,”
Her posting this message might actually be a violation of judge’s orders. Among other things Megan takes offense to the fact J. Prince mentioned Roc Nation head Jay Z yesterday in his statement, and perhaps that’s exactly why he did it. J. Prince has some sort of murky partnership connection to Carl Crawford’s 1501 Entertainment that has yet to be fully flushed out or explained, apparently not even to Megan.
In her statement she says, “Carl should speak for himself.” Did Megan really know who she was getting into bed with when she signed with these guys? She won in court again yesterday allowing her record to be released, but who’s funding it all?
Megan detailed in her statement that 1501 still has not approved her budget for the release, yet the music is out. Is Megan funding it all herself? Probably not because there is another record company at play here, 300 Entertainment, which by all accounts has very deep pockets. But how are those profits going to be split?
There is so much to be worked out with this situation, and it’ll be interesting to see if a judgment is required for each step along the way. It’s also conceivable J. Prince and 1501 Entertainment could have a copyright infringement claim in this instance. They may be able to convince a judge to see it that way, but indeed, the issue of what 1501 calls Megan’s “Systematic breach of her contractual obligations” has actually not been adjudicated. The judge only dealt with whether SUGA could drop today.
From a fan standpoint, putting the kibosh on Megan Thee Stallion’s career would be unthinkable. However, from a legal perspective, the only thing that really matters is, does 1501 have standing for such claims? You might only look no further than the career of Lil Wayne.
We’ll bring you every beat of this tense situation, but for now, Megan – 1, 1501 ENT – 0. Until the next time it drips…