Houston, TX

Burgeoning rapper Megan Thee Stallion apparently has retired MLB superstar Carl Crawford to thank in part for assisting in her ascension.

Crawford signed her to 1501 Certified Entertainment after launching the imprint with childhood friend and Houston legend T. Farris, who was a part of the infamous Swishahouse record label.

The former Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder told TMZ he spent a hefty chunk of change to start the label.

“It was at least seven figures,” he said. “I’ll tell you that. And that’s because I built a studio and all that other stuff. I had other artists and stuff like that … Megan is the one who just took off.”

Crawford also explained why he linked up with Farris.

“For me, I just knew exactly where to go,” he said. “This the home of J. Prince, Rap-A-Lot, so we had experience with seeing people be successful … doing what I’m tryna do, so that was a blueprint laid right there.”

Megan signed with 300 Entertainment in November after achieving more notoriety and establishing a sizable fan base with 1501.

Earlier this month, the 24-year-old dropped her debut album, Fever, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 this week.

Read the Fever review here.