Texas rapper Megan Thee Stallion says renegotiating her contract has led to a nasty dispute with her label.
Her upcoming album, Suga, is due to release on May 2nd. But that release may not be happening after one of her labels put a freeze on those plans. The rapper says she signed with 1501 Certified Entertainment several years ago but didn’t understand the terms.
“When I signed, I didn’t really know what was in my contract,” she explained on Instagram. “When I got with Roc Nation, I got management – real management. I got real lawyers. They were like, ‘Do you know that this is in your contract?’ and I was like, ‘ Oh damn, that’s crazy – no, I didn’t know.'”
Megan says she attempted to renegotiate the contract with 1501, and “soon everything went left. It just all went bad,” she said.
The hashtags #FREEMEG and #FREETHESTALLION are trending on Twitter among her fans. But the admission has drawn some criticism, too. “She literally said she didn’t read her first contract,” one critic said on Twitter. Megan responded, defending herself and clarifying her point.
“It’s not that I literally didn’t read it – it’s that I didn’t understand some of the verbiage at the time, ” she wrote on Twitter. “Now that I do, I just want it corrected,” she finished.
Due to the renegotiation attempt, Megan says 1501 is blocking the release of new music.
“It’s really just a greedy game. It’s really just really greedy. Wasn’t trying to leave the label, wasn’t trying to give anybody money that they feel they are entitled to. I just wanted to renegotiate some shit,” she told her fans on Instagram.
Megan says she’s disappointed by the experience since she chose 1501 for the “family vibe.” 1501 is a Houston-based label founded by former baseball player Carl Crawford. She is also signed to 300 Entertainment and has a management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.