The 1501 CEO Carl Crawford Claims He’s Being Robbed And Blames Jay-Z’s Management Company Roc Nation For Pitting Him Against The ‘Hot Girl Summer’ Hitmaker.
Carl Crawford broke his silence on Megan Thee Stallion fiasco. The 1501 label boss denied being greedy and blocking her from releasing new music. “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,” he told Billboard.
Carl blamed Jay-Z for causing friction between him and his artist. He said, “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?”
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.’ ”
He also accused Jay-Z of trying to steal Megan, “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.”
While Megan claimed Carl held her album hostage, the label boss accused her of owing him nearly $2 million. “They’re using that as a strong-arm tactic so that I can renegotiate the contract,” he explained. “They’re holding the money, and they haven’t paid me since August. She done over 15 shows. Y’all do the math.”
“She gets $100,000 a show. She owe me, and I haven’t recouped almost $2 million that we spent on her, building her up so that Roc Nation would wanna come [around]. Where was Roc Nation at when we was grinding and riding around on them backstreets? Roc Nation was nowhere to be found.”
While scoffing at her claims about not understanding her contract when she first signed it, he accused her of lying about her age. “She signed two contacts. You signed one with me and 300 [Entertainment]. You mean to tell me, you, your mama and your lawyer didn’t read over that stuff every time? Stop lying. You wasn’t 20, you were 23 years old. You was a grown up. You’re just a liar.”