Megan Thee Stallion Fans Roast Her Manager After He Signs an Artist They Say Sounds Just Like Her
Carl Crawford enjoyed a 15-year career with the MLB, but he is arguably more known for his working relationship with rap newcomer Megan Thee Stallion.
He’s managed the “Savage” rapper under his label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, for years, but the two had a major falling out earlier in 2020 over contractual issues. Now, fans say he’s trying to get back at Megan Thee Stallion by signing a copycat version of her — and they’re giving him an earful over it.
A recap of the fallout between Megan Thee Stallion and Carl Crawford, if you missed it
The drama dates back to March when Megan Thee Stallion went on social media and vented about having a bad contract with 1501 Certified Entertainment. She said she had tried to renegotiate it with her label but that “everything went left” as soon as she brought up the topic.
“So now  tellin’ a b*tch she can’t drop no music. It’s really just, like, a greedy game,” she said, per Complex.
Megan Thee Stallion then sued her label and Crawford to get out of her contract, alleging it was “not only entirely unconscionable, but ridiculously so.” A judge later granted her a temporary restraining order that prevented the label from blocking her music, leading to the March release of her EP Suga.
The legal drama is still ongoing at the time of this writing, but Crawford has defended himself and the contract Megan Thee Stallion signed with his label.
“She just has so many holes in her story, and it’s almost on some delusional type stuff,” he said in a previous interview with Billboard. “The bubble of Hollywood and her 8 million followers has really clouded her head, because the stuff that she’s saying is not true. It’s a whole lie.”
Carl Crawford’s new artist
As the legal saga continues, Crawford has been pushing a fellow Texas rapper who goes by the name Erica Banks. She signed with the label in late May and has since posted multiple videos where she raps and reps 1501. Banks went viral on Twitter on June 16 when fans latched on to a video they say reflects Megan Thee Stallion’s signature style.
The clip shows her rapping in a heavy southern drawl and using adlibs such as “unh” and “aye,” which have been popularized by the Houston, Texas rapper. Upon seeing the video, fans started roasting Crawford and questioning his motives.
“The devil works hard but Carl Crawford works harder …,” read one tweet.
“I need someone to tell Carl Crawford to leave Erica Banks alone,” read a second message. “He doesn’t deserve her, and she doesn’t deserve the bullsh*t she’s about to get cause he’s mad at Meg.”
“meg really got her own son. congrats @theestallion,” commented another.
Others, however, didn’t think it was unusual, citing Texas rap sounds.
“What’s killin me is y’all trynna drag her for sounding like Megan when really that’s just the Texas sound..believe it or not they both been rapping for about the same amount of time but SHE is just now signing which is why she getting all this attention,” one fan said, adding, “She lowkey cold.”
Echoing that, someone else said: “She does not sound like Megan, I love her but y’all just be saying anything. let’s support out black women artists please.”
Erica Banks addresses the criticism
Amid mounting criticism, Banks took to Twitter to share her thoughts on what people had to say. She wrote on June 18, “Only ppl from Texas understand that we all have the same ‘accent’ lol.” But even so, a lot of people still weren’t buying it and continued to make criticisms.
Megan Thee Stallion, on the other hand, has not commented on the ordeal at all. But she has said in the past that she does not have issues with any female rapper and that she wants to see everyone win. Read more here.