Megan Thee Stallion Signs W/ Roc Nation, Carl Crawford Says “Blogs Don’t Understand” + Inks Deal With J.Prince
Friday (Sept. 13) marked a major shakeup in the music industry.
Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion is officially a part of the Roc Nation roster!
She made the announcement via Instagram Friday (Sept. 13) as she posted up with the company’s founder Jay-Z.
According to reports, Megan has only signed with Roc Nation’s management team, and will still release music through the record label that first signed her, 1501 Certified, founded by former pro baseball player Carl Crawford.
Crawford responded to the news on Instagram as well.
“Congrats to @theestallion for signing with @rocnation!! Blogs don’t understand what’s going on now but we know u #DownbyLaw… That’s Texas [slang] for u outta towners”
He also responded to a critic who said he “fumbled” by letting Stallion take his artist.
“Go do yo research”
He then confirmed that Megan is still under the label.
Meanwhile, J. Prince of Rap-A-Lot music label also shared his thoughts.
His message comes as Rap-A-Lot announced it is teaming up 1501 Certified.
“J. Prince (@jprincerespect) and Rap-A-Lot Records (@rapalotrecord) have built one of the most impactful independent music labels in the world and we are thrilled to be working with them to expand the audience for our artists globally. Improving opportunities all around, it’s great to partner with a solid individual known to solve many issues in the rap industry. #1501 #JPrince
P.S.. Ain’t no body taking s*** from me????????”
1501 Certified also said in a statement to theJasmineBRAND,
The Texas based label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, founded in 2016
started making it’s name with a slate of releases that was largely
comprised of young, up-and-coming talent looking to release high
quality projects with a unique approach to distribution, streaming,
promotion and marketing while remaining in creative control, releasing
their works outside of the traditional label system. 1501 Certified
Ent. quickly saw its reputation bolstered by the formulated integrated
marketing and promotion strategies and within 3 years the label
reached national heights with their Billboard Chart topping artist,
Megan Thee Stallion. (3 Gold Plaques, Over 25 Million streams on all
CEO & Founder Carl Crawford’s perspective on the value of independent
music and where it rests with the youth has not wavered. In a bold
step forward 1501 Certified Ent. joins forces with Iconic businessman
and music executive, J. Prince with in multi year consulting deal. The
Rap-A-Lot head chiefs entrepreneurial footsteps are major, to say he
knows a thing or two about the music business would be an
With this new venture J. Prince will consult on creative
development, sonic branding, strategy services and more to 1501
Certified Ent. non exclusively.
“J. Prince and Rap-A-Lot Records have built one of the most impactful
independent music labels in the world and we are thrilled to be
working with them to expand the audience for our artists globally,”
said Carl Crawford, “Improving opportunities all around, it’s great to
partner with a solid individual known to solve many issues in the rap
“The music business is a business filled with sharks and cut throat
people. So congratulations to the homie Carl Crawford owner of 1501
Records for breaking your first artist Megan Thee Stallion. Carl is
from my hood, better known as 5th Ward and I’m proud to be his new
partner moving forward.” declares J. Prince, “Surprise to all that had
plans on taking something from him, good luck with that. This is just
Founded in 1986, Rap-A-Lot Records became a pre-eminent independent
hip hop label generating more than 100 Million in sales with little to
no radio airplay. Led and executed by J. Prince who has been credited
for putting Southern rap on the map and the legendary Rap-A-Lot army
of influencers and southern rap aficionados, aka the “street team,”
definitely paved the way for the label to be known for the
true-to-life gritty southern sound and lyricism of its pioneering
groups – Ghetto Boys, Devin The Dude, Scarface, Slim Thug, Z-Ro,
Juvenile, Pimp C to name a few. Remaining active with current artists
such as Drake, Turk, YBN Nahmir and Bun B.
What do you think of all the changes? Tell us in the comments.