Music producer Isaac Hayes is weighing-in. The hip-hop entertainer has come forward to provide his insight on rap star Megan Thee Stallion going to war with her record label.
In a new “It’s Just My Opinion” video, Hayes focuses on Meg’s decision to call out her 1501 record label. He specifically addresses musicians prematurely wanting to renegotiate their contracts.
“With regards to her as an artist, I think artists need to be mindful of something called the 99 and the 1 percent factor. That means that granted, an artist is 99 percent of the success sometimes. … That 1 percent is those little nudges in your life that steer you in the direction or give you an opportunity that changes the trajectory of your entire life – I don’t know her relationship with her label or anything like that, but what I do know is when she was with that label, regardless of what the contract said, her music as an artist was better. Most artists don’t really get the opportunity to renegotiate until they achieve a certain level of success. Way more than the success that Megan has had.”
Isaac also said Thee Stallion should have waited things out. Hayes referenced some music groups changing their deals after reaching worldwide popularity.
“Boyz II Men renegotiated their deal and things changed for them. They put an album out and sold like crazy millions of records. So did the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync and Dru Hill. There are a lot of artists but you’ve got to get there first. You gotta have the leverage in the game to be like, ‘Yo, let’s change it up.’ And a lot of times, your label doesn’t have a choice because at that point you’ve made them enough money that they’re still going to be involved in the picture but let you do your own thing. The first deal is always a wack deal.”
Wait, There’s More
Last night, Hayes joined the surge in social media users weighing in on Megan Thee Stallion’s contract. He took to both Twitter and Instagram to speak out.
Before You Go
This past weekend, Megan went online and kept it fully honest. The Houston native revealed her intent to renegotiate her 1501 record label contract ultimately fell on deaf ears.
“When I signed, I didn’t really know what was in my contract. I was young, I think I was like 20. And I ain’t know everything that was in that contract. So when I got with Roc Nation, I got management, real management, I got real lawyers and they was like, ‘Do you know that this was in your contract?’ I said, ‘No damn, that’s crazy. I didn’t know.’ So I’m not mad at 1501, I wasn’t upset. I’m thinking in my head, ‘Everybody cool. We all family. It’s cool, it’s nice. Let me just ask them n*ggas to renegotiate my contract.’ Soon as I said I want to renegotiate my contract, everything went left. It just went all went bad, it all went left. So now they’re telling the b*tch you can’t drop music.”