Last week, fans of Megan Thee Stallion rallied behind the burgeoning Houston rap star after she revealed that her music was being held hostage by her label, 1501 Certified Entertainment.
The dispute with 1501 regarding her contract spurred the release of her Suga EP as tensions have since snowballed into a lawsuit. Amid the public dissension, details of Megan’s contract also emerged online, and for some music fans, it appears to echo an all too familiar of young, promising talent being locked into one-sided contacts. 1501’s boss man, Carl Crawford, stepped forth to refute Megan’s allegations as well, but other artists affiliated with 1501 are now joining the opposition against the indie label.
In a new report from Complex, several past and present musicians that signed to the label shared stories similar to Megan’s current ordeal. The publication shared that most of these artists became acquainted through Crawford and 1501 through T. Harris, who has a long history with Crawford and is currently Megan’s manager. Crawford previously addressed his standing with Harris following Megan’s deal with Roc Nation in an interview with Billboard.
HardyBoy Pigg, who was reportedly the first artist signed to 1501, told Complex that after he was locked up, 1501 left him “for dead the whole time I was in jail.” Following his release, the company would not release his music.
“The same s**t Megan went through, I was going through,” he recalled. “[Crawford] was really on some bully stuff. He didn’t give me nothing.”
Rapper Haroldlujah, likened his deal to “signing with the devil.” He said him and Crawford had a falling out at some point that essentially lead to him being shelved. He hasn’t heard from Crawford nor Harris in over a year and told Complex he wants out of his contract. He also alleged that the label owes him money. Another artist, singer Railey Rose, told Complex that she “never really knew what kind of deal [she] was in throughout the whole time [she] was associated with 1501.” She also claimed that never saw a dime for any of the music she released through the label.
“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,” she emailed Complex. “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.”
Read Complex’s full report here.
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