1501 Certified Entertainment CEO Carl Crawford was apparently blindsided by Megan Thee Stallion claims the label was holding her music hostage after she attempted to renegotiate her contract.
On Monday (March 2), a Texas federal judge granted Meg a temporary restraining order against both Crawford and 1501 ordering they “do nothing to prevent the release, distribution, and sale of [Megan] Pete’s new records.”
In a new interview with Billboard, Crawford admitted he didn’t think she was serious.
“She just has so many holes in her story, and it’s almost on some delusional type stuff,” he said. “The bubble of Hollywood and her eight million followers has really clouded her head, because the stuff that she’s saying is not true. It’s a whole lie. Nothing is true that she said. Me being greedy and taking money from her, that’s crazy. I never tried to take nothing from her. The only thing we ever did was give, give, give. Now, she fell for the oldest trick in the industry: the conquer and divide theme.”
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Crawford, a former Major League Baseball star with the Los Angeles Dodgers, went on to blast JAY-Z and Roc Nation, essentially blaming them for Megan’s unhappiness.
“Everybody in the industry knows this is what JAY-Z and Roc Nation do: They come in, find the smallest things wrong with the problem — because there weren’t any problems before she left — and then she says that I didn’t want to negotiate?” he continued. “OK, tell everybody your definition of negotiating. Your definition is, ‘OK. I’m going to send Suge Knight’s old lawyers to come in, and it’s a stick-up…’ Of course, I’m like, ‘This isn’t a negotiation. This is a robbery.'”
Finally, Crawford explained he feels they’re simply trying to make him look like a bad guy, even though his business partner T. Farris wrote Megan’s contract.
“They want to make it look like I’m greedy? No, they’re trying to keep me out of everything. She keeps saying, ‘Them niggas over there negotiated my contract.’ Them niggas are sitting right next to her. T. Farris is the one. Her mom did the contract. I’m new to the business. I let this guy T. Farris run my whole business because I knew absolutely nothing about it. Zero.
“So he wrote your contract up. I didn’t do it. They want to make a big deal about it. We signed a deal. Honor your contract and let’s just keep doing business how we been doing and everything is fine. Nobody is trying to rob you.”
Clearly, Megan feels otherwise. But thanks to the judge’s ruling, she’ll be able to release new music on Friday (March 6) as planned.