Megan Thee Stallion says she is not signed to a label and will be funding her next album all on her own.
Shortly after the Houston native’s career started reaching new levels thanks to her single “Big Ole Freak,” things turned sour between her and Carl Crawford, founder of 1501 Certified Entertainment. As Blavity reported, Megan claimed the record label never paid her what she was owed, sabotaged album releases and even stashed money in order to not pay up, per court documents. Crawford denied the allegations, which has led to messy exchanges between the two across social media.
On Oct. 12, the three-time Grammy winner went to Instagram Live to discuss her upcoming album with her fans, aka the Hotties; she also used the time to share that she is now an independent artist.
“This part of my album is definitely very much funded by Megan Thee Stallion because you know we trying to get off… Y’all know what’s the tea,” she said on Instagram Live.
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As an independent artist, that means all studio sessions, marketing and music videos, for instance, will be funded by the 28-year-old star and no one else.
“The next s**t y’all about to see ’bout to be all straight from Megan Thee Stallion’s brain and Megan Thee Stallion’s wallet. Yes, we are in my pockets, hotties, so let’s do our big one.”
Megan’s next project will mark the first time in years since she’s worked as an independent artist. Her last studio album, Traumazine, reached RIAA Certified Gold status in September and spawned several singles, including “Sweetest Pie,” a collaboration with Dua Lipa.
More recently, the rapper joined forces with Cardi B for her “Bongos” single, which peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. For now, though, the Hotties can check Megan out in the Dicks: The Musical, which is in theaters nationwide.