Megan Thee Stallion Takes Charge: Fully Funds Her Music Career Amidst Label Battles

Behind the scenes, tensions rise for the rap star

by Nouman Rasool
Megan Thee Stallion Takes Charge: Fully Funds Her Music Career Amidst Label Battles
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Megan Thee Stallion, one of the most audacious voices in hip-hop, has made an assertive declaration: she's standing tall, on her own dime. In an intimate Instagram Live session on October 11th, later recirculated on X (formerly Twitter) by producer Max Julian, the 28-year-old rapper candidly admitted she is pouring her own finances into her forthcoming projects, having parted ways with her record label.

"The era of dependency is over. Everything, from this point forward, comes straight out of my pockets. Every penny, every beat, every line—it's all 'hot girl productions'," Megan voiced passionately in the video, with what seemed like Julian by her side, nodding in agreement.

Emphasizing her independent stand, she added, "This journey? It's me, all me, at least for now. Though there might be a new label on the horizon, I'm not in any rush. I want to bask in this moment of autonomy."

Megan's Rift with 1501

Megan's journey to this assertive decision isn't without its drama.

In a heartfelt revelation, she alleged her previous affiliation, 1501 Certified Entertainment, of undermining her 2022 album 'Traumazine.' This disclosure comes as no surprise, given her tumultuous history with the label.

Megan's rift with 1501 and distributor 300 Entertainment made headlines when she secured a temporary restraining order, barring them from obstructing the use of her track "Her" for promotional activities at the American Music Awards.

She jestingly remarked, "They didn't mince words. Told me straight up—‘Traumazine’? It's doomed." However, Megan isn’t a stranger to adversities. She has been enmeshed in legal wranglings with 1501 for a considerable time.

Back in August 2022, she initiated a move to claim $1 million in damages, asserting that her recent albums met the stipulations of her oppressive contract. Additionally, in 2020, she made allegations against 1501 for impeding her musical releases, a move that came after she sought to reevaluate her contract terms.

Yet, amidst these challenges, Megan's artistry remains undeterred. In a refreshing collaboration last month, she paired up with Cardi B to drop "Bongos", marking their first joint venture since the 2020 sensation, "WAP." As Megan continues to take the reins of her career, her message is clear: she’s here to stay, and on her own terms.