In an interview with Billboard, Crawford denied any claims of him or his label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, trying to prevent Megan's output of music, claiming her lawsuit is full of lies.
"It's a whole lie," says Crawford. "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."
According to Crawford, since Megan inked a management deal with Roc Nation in September, she has not spoken to him nor paid 1501 its share of her merchandise and live touring proceeds, a tactic he says stems from Roc Nation and is intended to pressure him into cutting her loose so she can sign to Roc Nation’s record label. "Now, she fell for the oldest trick in the industry: the conquer and divide theme."
As for her current deal, Crawford tells Billboard, “It’s a great contract for a first-timer. What contract gives parts of their masters and 40 percent royalties and all that kind of stuff? Ask Jay-Z to pull one of his artists’ first contracts, and let’s compare it to what Megan got… I guarantee they won’t ever show you that.”
Meg filed a lawsuit against 1501 on Monday, alleging that she "didn't know everything that was in that contract" when she signed it, calling the terms of the deal “unconscionable.” Crawford acknowledged that under the deal, 1501 takes 60 percent of Meg's recording income, however, iterates that the rapper agreed to the deal of her own volition.
"How didn't you read your contract? She signed two contracts. 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 [...] She wants to talk about a bad deal — she's disrespecting her mother by saying that, because her mother and T. Farris are the ones who did it. Those two worked out the deal with the lawyer."
Megan Thee Stallion currently has a court-issued temporary restraining order against 1501 Certified Entertainment, preventing the label from blocking the release of new music.