Megan Thee Stallion isn’t backing down in her fight against 1501 Certified Entertainment.
Earlier this month, AfroTech previously reported on the timeline of the rapper’s battle with her label, which dates back to 2020. There seems to be light coming at the end of the tunnel with her latest album “Traumazine” being that she and her lawyers claim that her contract should finally be fulfilled.
“Y’all know I always have problems with dropping my music under this label, all these games and having to go to court just to put out my art has been so stressful,” she tweeted ahead of the music release.“ “Thank you hotties for rocking with me through the bullsh-t WE ALMOST OUT. LETS STAY FOCUSED AND RUN THIS LAST ONE UP.”
But, according to a recent report, Megan Thee Stallion isn’t taking her boxing gloves off just yet.
Megan Thee Stallion Vs. 1501 Continues
On the heels of her new album’s release, Rolling Stone reports that she and her lawyers have filed a new amended complaint. They requested for a Harris County judge to declare that “Traumazine,” and “Something for Thee Hotties” “both constitute an ‘album’ as defined in the parties’ recording agreement.'” With that said, they claim that Megan “has satisfied all option periods” in her contract signed in 2018, according to the outlet.
What’s more, she’s also asking for at least $1 million in damages. The monetary request comes in with the allegation of her label’s refusal to give up her share of the royalties from her music.
Solving The Mystery Of The Album's Leak
In addition to her requests, Megan has an inkling that 1501 was behind the leak of “Traumazine” on Aug. 4 — eight days ahead of its official release. As a result, she hired forensic investigators to look into it, per the filing.
While Carl Crawford — CEO of 1501 — and his lawyer Steven Zager have yet to share their input on whether “Traumazine” is considered a full album under her contract, they have denied any form of sabotage.
“There’s not a shred of evidence that we leaked Traumazine. I don’t even think my guys would know how to leak it. Nor can I think of a motive. We participate with Megan in the profits. Why would we want to do that? It’s coming completely out of left field,” the partner at King & Spalding LLP in Austin told the outlet.
On their end of the legal war, they also believe that Megan owes them more money than they owe her, which they claim to be in the millions.
When Will The Fight Come To An End?
The battle continues to unravel, and the outlet notes that Megan is due for an in-person deposition in mid-October. Additionally, “discovery in the case isn’t scheduled to close until next year.”
According to Zager, a trial isn’t expected until after May 2023.