Court documents, first reported on by Billboard, reveal how the label “unlawfully” took steps to “to block or interfere with [Megan] Pete exploiting, licensing, or publishing her music”, in the run-up to the AMAs this Sunday, 20 November.
The court documents don’t provide specific details over precisely what 1501 Certified Entertainment has carried out, but they do say the Houston rapper has “provided evidence” that it “recently engaged and will continue to engage in threatening and retaliatory behaviour that will irreparably harm” her career.
It also states that because voting for the AMAs closed at midnight yesterday (November 14), she “will suffer irreparable harm if her music cannot be used in conjunction with her promotion for the AMAs”.
Megan Thee Stallion is up for ‘Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist’ at this year’s AMAs, following the release of her sophomore album Traumazine earlier this year.
This is the latest episode in the dispute between Megan Thee Stallion and her label, with the rapper having asked a court in Texas earlier this year to step in and end what she describes as her “tortured” relationship with the label. She had asked for $1 million in damages as a result.
In March 2020, too, Megan Pete claimed the label was in preventing her from releasing music.
A hearing for this latest incident is set for as soon as next week, November 22, where a decision will be made over the next steps of the rapper’s request for a restraining order.