Earlier this week, Megan Thee Stallion, born Megan Pete, took to Instagram Live her disputes with her current independent label, 1501 Certified Entertainment.
After numerous delays with music releases, Megan Thee Stallion explained that she and the label came to a disagreement after she inquired about negotiating her contract. “I didn’t really know what was in my contract,” said Megan. “I was young, I think I was, like, twenty.” It was not until Megan signed with Roc Nation management that she was made aware of the legalities of her contract.
“I wasn’t upset [with 1501], because I was thinking, ‘everybody cool, we all family, it’s cool, it’s nice…let me just ask [them] to renegotiate my contract,” she continued. However, after asking for the negotiation, Tina Snow stated that “everything went left” and the label is now blocking her music from being released.
According to the contract, 1501 Certified gets 60% of Thee Stallion’s recording income, with the remaining 40% goes to her. However, with that 40%, Megan has to use that to pay engineers, mixers and featured artists on her songs.
Megan Thee Stallion has filed a lawsuit and restraining order against the label and it has been granted by the district judge in Harris County Texas. The restraining order was filed after 1501 CEO Carl Crawford began attacking her on social media following the Instagram Live going viral.
According to TMZ, the restraining order states that the label is “to do nothing to prevent the release, distribution, and sale of Pete’s new records.”
In response, Crawford spoke exclusively with Billboard and denied all of Megan’s claims. “It’s a whole lie,” said Crawford. “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.”
Check out excerpts from the interview below.
His initial reaction to Megan calling him and 1501 Certified Entertainment out on social media:
“My initial reaction was, ‘Man, I can’t believe this is serious.’ She just has so many holes in her story, and it’s almost on some delusional type stuff. 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.”
On the entertainment industry:
“Everybody in the industry knows this is what Jay-Z and Roc Nation do: They come in, the 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? 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.’”
On Roc Nation and their role in the situation:
“At the end of the day, tell them what their real plan was. Their real plan was to get you out of my contract so they can sign you to Roc Nation. That’s all they want to do. We gave this girl a 60-40 split. Now go ask the artist about that. She got parts of her masters [the] first time. You think Jay-Z would have gave her part of her masters on her first deal with Roc Nation? F–k no. Then, she’s getting $100,000 a show and she don’t want to pay up. That’s what the issue was about. She signed with Roc Nation in August and decided she didn’t wanna pay me no more.”
On the last time he spoke with Megan and if he believes he can salvage their relationship after the lawsuit allegations:
“I don’t know at this point, because it’s so bad. I don’t know what can happen. Right now, I’m just trying to make sure that fair is fair. I just want it to be fair. Nobody wanted to stop her music. I understand that, but she’s ignored me since August. I haven’t spoke to her since August, and this is what’s going on. She hasn’t made one payment since August. You owe me money that I recouped, and you owe me show money. You owe me d–n near $2 million. You d–n near in the hole for $2 million, and you want to just get up out of it because Roc Nation told you you could.”
Megan Thee Stallion and Popeyes to Release ‘Hottie Sauce’
Megan Thee Stallion has partnered with popular Lousiana Kitchen food chain Popeyes for a development deal, according to Adweek.
Starting Tuesday, Oct. 19, fans of the fast-food chain will be able to enjoy Megan’s first release, the ‘Hottie Sauce,’ which contains honey, cider vinegar, and Aleppo pepper. In addition to being featured on the menu, Thee Stallion will also be teaming up with Popeyes to create official merchandise —titled Thee Heat— which will include bikinis, long sleeve shirts, hats, tumblers and Popeyes chicken tenders plush dog toys. The merchandise will also release on Oct. 19.
“I’m appreciative of Popeyes commitment to empowering Black women and look forward to opening Popeyes Restaurants,” Megan said in a statement. “Teaming up with Popeyes is such a milestone in my journey and evolution as an entrepreneur. I’ve always been a fan of the Popeyes brand and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join the brand and help create the new Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce for their line-up.”
To sweeten the deal, Megan Thee Stallion and Popeyes are making a six-figure donation to Houston Random Acts of Kindness, a nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of the Houston community.
Five Members of O-Block Arrested in FBG Duck’s Murder Case
Five alleged gang members — Charles Liggins, Kenneth Roberson, Tacarlos Offerd, Christopher Thomas and Marcus Smart — of O-Block have been arrested in connection to FBG Duck’s murder.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, the O-Block gang fatally shot Carlton Weekly, also known as FBG Duck, in Aug. 2020 while him and two other men were shopping in the Gold Coast neighborhood. FBG Duck was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago believes O-Block has “claimed responsibility for acts of violence in Chicago and used social media and music to increase their criminal enterprise.”
The five defendants have entered a not guilty plea and are being charged with committing murder in aid of racketeering, assault in the aid of racketeering and various weapons charges.
FBG Duck’s mother, Lasheena Weekly, responded to the news in a video: “[The feds] just called me and told me they arrested Muwop, they arrested C-Thang, they arrested…two more, five people that they have in custody,” she said in the video. “The lil boy who killed himself August the 24, was one of the shooters that shot my son — they just told me that, too. … You heard it from me first. They got they ass. They got them muthafuckas.”
Liggins, Offerd, Thomas, Smart and Roberson face a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison and the maximum sentence of the death penalty.
Black man arrested by Boston Police during stroke to receive $1.3 million
Al Copeland, a Black man who was arrested while suffering from a stroke in his vehicle was awarded a $1.3 million settlement after being wrongfully accused of being drunk, back in 2019.
According to records, Copeland was driving on Mass Ave and began to feel nauseous. He decided to park at the Berklee School of Music, where he sat in his vehicle unconscious for almost two hours. Two Boston police officers found Copeland and arrested him, claiming the now 62-year-old smelled like alcohol.
However, what officers did not know was that Copeland had been practicing sobriety for 20 years and was actually suffering a stroke. When he was taken to the police station, Copeland reportedly struggled to stand and subsequently ended up falling and hitting his head before throwing up. Copeland was taken to Tufts Medical Center where medical professionals also thought he was drunk.
After several hours in the emergency room, doctors determined Copeland was suffering from a stroke which ruled out the cops’ accusations of the 62-year-old being drunk. The stroke resulted in Copeland behind hospitalized for weeks which was followed by him being unable to complete certain daily tasks and ultimately resulted in him having to resign from his job at the MBTA.
The City of Boston launched an internal investigation after being contacted by Copeland’s lawyer, George Leontire. However, the officers weren’t cited for treating Al like he was drunk, but for being negligent in their lack of response when he hit his head on the cell wall.
Copeland received a $1.3 million settlement, but neither the officers nor the City of Boston has been charged in the incident; they quietly dealt with it and dismiss the event.
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