Megan Thee Stallion Needed To Read Her Contract

So, let me begin this post by saying that I’m not here to shit on Megan Thee Stallion. The truth is, she’s no different than countless artists who’ve fallen prey to the business of music. But, after watching her most recent Instagram Live video, it’s clear that she might be a little confused about the status of her deal. In any case, I hope her situation serves as a lesson to other up-and-coming musicians, man.

Ok, for those who missed it, Meg isn’t too thrilled with her record label at the moment. Now, to be frank, her situation is a convoluted one. To begin, she’s signed to Carl Crawford‘s 1501 Certified Entertainment. Side note, someone should’ve told her that signing to a label run by a former baseball player might not be the move. In any case, from there, she signed another deal with Kevin Liles300 Entertainment. Moving on, to make this a little more confusing, she also signed a management deal with Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation. So, she’s essentially beholden to three different entities, son.

Now, at the start of her IG video, she’s trying to emphasize that she’s an independent artist. Apparently, she feels that way because she’s signed to an independent label (1501) and has basically built up her own brand. The problem is, that’s not really the truth, fam. Look, regardless of her own self-promotion, the fact is, she’s still signed to a company. Meaning, she’s at the mercy of that company. So, despite the fact that she’s done a great job of making herself hot, the label she signed to still pulls the strings, bruh. This is why they currently have her music in a vice grip.

For clarity, Meg is stating that 1501 is preventing her from releasing new music. Now, as the story goes, based on her newfound success, she tried to renegotiate her contract. After the label refused, she’s now claiming that they’re stopping her from dropping new tracks. Needless to say, Meg is frustrated with all of the red tape that she’s now dealing with. However, it’s also perfectly clear that she’s not as independent as she thinks she is. Listen, just because her label is independent doesn’t mean that she is. In actuality, an artist can’t claim independence if there’s a chain of command, son. Sadly, Carl Crawford runs the show and Meg can only do what he allows her to. All I can say is, this is why artists need to read their contracts. For all intents and purposes, Megan Thee Stallion is an employee of Carl Crawford. So, her career can only go where he lets it go.

In the end, I hope that Meg can gain some sort of liberation. If not, I hope that Crawford will at least give her a little leeway so she can continue to thrive. Ultimately, it sucks that generation after generation keeps falling victim to the shenanigans of record labels. By and by, Meg wasn’t the first and she certainly won’t be the last, man. At the end of the day, I’m not anti-record label. Frankly, I just want all artists to have a CLEAR picture of what they’re signing up for. That is all. LC out.

Sorry, I Don’t Trust The NFL, Jay-Z

So, let me begin this post by saying that I don’t know. Like, I don’t know the details of Jay-Z‘s deal with the NFL and I don’t know what the long-term effects will be. All I can say is, this entire scenario makes me feel uncomfortable, son. I mean, the NFL doesn’t have a strong history of giving a fuck about social issues, man. With that being said, am I really supposed to believe that they have the best intentions, fam? Sorry, but I’m not rolling yet, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation just signed an exclusive deal with the league. Based on their partnership, Jay-Z and company will help the NFL choose performers for various events during the season, including the Super Bowl. In addition, Roc Nation will help the league with their social justice efforts. Now, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I have a ton of fucking questions, man. First, since when did the NFL give a flying fuckity-fuck about social justice? Second, why wasn’t Colin Kaepernick factored into any of this “reform,” fam?

Look, from a business standpoint, this looks like a coup for Jay-Z. Shit, he essentially controls the league’s entertainment brand, bruh. But, on face value, it looks like he put commerce over protest, son. Listen, it’s now a well-known fact that the NFL blackballed Kaepernick for kneeling. As of this minute, he STILL doesn’t have a job playing football, man. Furthermore, he basically had to bring a lawsuit against the league to expose their injustice against him. All the while, Jay-Z was apparently working with the NFL behind the scenes. Hell, the rumor is that this deal was being crystalized over the past year. Meaning, while Kaepernick was literally fighting with the league, Jay-Z was secretly working with them. Nah, I don’t feel good about any of that, man.

To make matters worse, I didn’t like Jay-Z’s response to the initial criticism. Fam, he literally said “We forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice. In that case, this is a success. This is the next phase. There are two parts of protesting. You go outside and you protest, and then the company or the individual says, ‘I hear you. What do we do next?… So what are we gonna do? You know what I’m saying? Help millions and millions of people, or we get stuck on Colin not having a job.” Bruh, Jay-Z can’t decide what the “next phase” is. Especially not when the original protester is still being treated unfairly.

Son, Kaepernick’s suit against the NFL literally concluded this year. Am I supposed to believe that after battling that man for so long, the league is actually sincere about social justice? Frankly, it’s easy for Jay-Z to say that we’re “past kneeling.” Real talk, he’s not the one who’s had his career destroyed in the process. Man, there are still a ton of owners in the league, like Jerry Jones, who hated everything that Kaepernick represented. On top of that, the owners are the ones who really control Commissioner Roger Goodell. So, sorry if I don’t believe that they want to alter anything about how they do business.

In the end, I really wish that something positive comes out of this situation. However, I’m not getting my hopes up, fam. Ultimately, the NFL has shown on countless occasions that they don’t give a fuck about social issues, bruh. By and by, I think Jay-Z is being a little flippant with his reaction to people’s questions. At the end of the day, Kaepernick was trying to bring awareness to racial injustice in America. Keeping it a buck, I don’t see how planning a Super Bowl Halftime Show will help with that, son. But, only time will tell. Just please, don’t disappoint us, Jay-Z. That is all. LC out.

Who Pissed In Kid Cudi’s Cereal?

Man, what would Twitter be if it wasn’t a venue for celebrities to lose their shit in a barrage of 140 characters? Honestly, ain’t that the best part of following public figures on social media, son? With that being said, I’d like to thank Kid Cudi for throwing all types of shots at Kanye West and Drake yesterday. While I’m not sure who rubbed their nuts on Cudi’s Corn Flakes, I’m absolutely here for the show, bro. Now, let’s get to it.

Now, I have to be honest, son, I don’t know where to start with this story. This is mainly because it has so many layers and they’re all hilarious. So, apparently, Cudi stubbed his toe on a staircase bannister and then decided to fire off some tweets. At first, Cudi spoke in generalizations about artists who consider themselves Top 5 despite having “30 people” write for them. He continued to wax poetically about how the “fake ones” won’t last and he even used my favorite word in the universe: fuckery. Now, even though he shouted out artists like A$AP Rocky and Travis Scott, he made it perfectly clear his derision was aimed at Kanye and Drake.

While I have no idea what these two dudes did to Cudi, he firmly declared the notion that neither one of them care about him. In his mind, they only needed him when he had something to offer them. Furthermore, he believes they only kept him close because of how “powerful” he is. Look, it sounds like a bunch of BFF beef to me, but I can’t fault a man for feeling the way he feels. However; that doesn’t mean I can’t laugh at how emotional these tweets are, bro. I mean, let’s be real, Cudi did the same thing on Twitter that Kanye does on a regular basis. At this point, Kanye is Regal Ruler of Random Ranting and Rambling. No wonder him and Cudi were friends for so long, son.

With all of that being said, there was NO way word was going to get back to Kanye without a response. During his Saint Pablo tour stop in Tampa, Yeezy decided to respond to his former protégé. After a flurry of comments like “I birthed you” and “don’t never mention Ye name,” Kanye expressed being hurt because he was the first one to be called names for wearing skinny jeans. Ok, he didn’t necessarily say that was the only reason he was upset, but c’mon son, he literally brought up wearing skinny jeans first. So, a former mentee airs him out and that’s one of the first things that comes to his mind? I swear, Kanye is one of the funniest human beings on the planet, son. Any man that can mention skinny jeans and Malcolm X is adjoining sentences is a genius, bro.

In the end, can’t we all just get along, man? Look, I’ll give Cudi his credit, son. While I’m not his biggest fan, I’m well aware of the wave he started. He was a driving force behind Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak, which essentially created Drake’s whole aesthetic. So, yeah, his influence can’t be denied. However; I don’t see how this ends well for him. I mean, regardless of what Cudi puts out musically, I doubt it can harm the reign of Drake and Kanye. In case he forgot, they’re the two biggest rappers on the planet. And no, this isn’t up for debate, son. They just are. It is what it is, bro. Good day.

P.S. I know Drake responded to Cudi too, but I can’t help but shoulder shrug, son. Once again, he takes shots onstage, but he probably ain’t got no bars for Cudi. Until then, miss me with the jokes. I’m out.