Carl Crawford Calls Megan Thee Stallion A Liar & A Fraud, Criticizes Jay Z & Roc Nation: That’s What They Do, Harp On The Weak
Carl Crawford is speaking out, addressing the claims that Megan Thee Stallion (real name Megan Pete) recently made on social media. The former NBL star is also addressing responding to the accusations that were made in the 25-year-old rapper’s recent lawsuit.
Over the weekend, Megan hopped on social media, explaining that she attempted to renegotiate her contract and that 1501 was preventing her from releasing new music.
Megan Thee Stallion says that 1501 isn’t letting her drop new music due to her requesting to renegotiate her contract. pic.twitter.com/4Uz5vXwmD0
— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) March 1, 2020
On Monday (March 2nd), she filed a lawsuit and was awarded a temporary restraining order. [Click here for the story].
Carl Crawford spoke to Billboard. See some excerpts below.
On what his initial reaction was with Megan going on Instagram Live and accusing his label of preventing her from dropping new music:
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.
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 how he found out about Megan’s management deal with Roc Nation:
The guy T. Farris — the one who was helping me with my business — he was handling Megan for me. She’s a girl, so he was used to being a road manager. I was letting him handle all the business, and he said, ‘We’re going to Roc Nation. We got a meeting.’ I said, ‘Oh cool. We gon’ get to meet Jay-Z.’ I’m actually excited because I get to go meet Jay-Z myself. You know, we looked up to this man.
I said, “What’s going on?” He said, “Ain’t no big deal. He just finna show us around the building. Little small s–t.” I’m like, “Cool. Do I need to be there?” He was like, “Nah. You know it ain’t that serious.” I said, “Well, OK. Cool.” I don’t go because we were just on tour with her. Me and Megan are perfectly fine at this moment. Next thing you know, I’m on a plane and I’m thinking the whole industry is going to try to take Megan from me, not my homeboy.
So I go and link up with J. [Prince, Rap-A-Lot CEO]. Next thing you know, the picture [of us together] is posted up on the Internet and everybody is like, “Oh, you bitter.” No, I was already posting J [Prince] before. When I found out like everybody else, I got emotional and made one comment. They took that and ran with it like, “Oh, he’s bitter, he’s mad.'” Look, I’m just trying to see what’s up. I thought they had enough respect for me to at least tell me something. But it’s cool. She don’t have to tell me about that. That’s fine.
But 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.
They’re using that as a strong-arm tactic so that I can renegotiate the contract. 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.
On where the “family” dynamic may have gotten lost in the midst of the situation:
She got the dude [T. Farris] right up under her. He’s the snake. He did the contract. They had the lawyers. How didn’t you read your contract? 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.
On the last time he spoke to Megan and if he feels like this relationship can be salvaged outside of court:
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 tried to do nothing. She hasn’t made one payment since August. You do the math and see how many months that is and add it up. Anybody would be pissed off.
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. That’s how it is, and she’s just young and doesn’t know the business and how you’re supposed to honor contracts. They wanna take advantage of me because I’m new to the business and don’t know nothing. This is what Roc Nation do. They harp on the weak.
Click here for the full interview.