Houston rap newcomer Megan Thee Stallion is a total star; that much has been obvious since she showed up on the national radar months ago. And it’s cool to see her go through the new-star checkpoints — like last night, when she got a showcase guest-performer spot on The Tonight Show. On last … More »
Unofficially, Hot Girl Summer ended last week, on Labor Day. But technically, Hot Girl Summer is still going for another 11 days. So Maxo Kream got in just under the radar, taking advantage of the dying days of Hot Girl Summer to team up with Megan Thee Stallion and to make a video for “More »
Today, Quality Control, the Atlanta rap imprint that brought us Migos and Lil Yachty, releases its new compilation Control The Streets Volume 2. The album could work as an argument that the label’s name is supposed to be a joke. Not a whole lot of quality control went into this one. It’s an hour and … More »
If you have any sort of online presence, chances are you’ve heard of Hot Girl Summer — the self-empowerment trend started by Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion. But in case you haven’t, allow me to get you up to speed. Her song “Cash Shit,” which blasted her into mainstream stardom earlier this year, included … More »
Last night, as promised, Drake brought his OVO Festival back to Toronto. Drake’s annual festival had taken last year off, but Drake couldn’t resist the opportunity to gloat about the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Championship win, so he walked out onstage with a Larry O’Brien trophy, and a giant version of the trophy was … More »
Megan Thee Stallion
[300 Entertainment; 2019]
We need to first give props to Three 6 Mafia. The type of club anthems so evident on Megan Thee Stallion’s Fever seem to come straight from the Memphis institution, the album acting like a monument to the unhinged 4 AM music solidified in Southern black culture. But she doesn’t merely ape Crunchy Black, Juicy J, and co (Juicy cameo notwithstanding). Rather, there’s an unhinged power in Megan’s forceful rapping about feminine authority, and it’s in part what makes Fever so enthralling.
But Fever’s success also hinges more simply on its chaotic energy. Browsing social media, “the summer of Megan” is held up as a standard to which artists can aspire: unconcerned toward the vapidity of others’ feelings, consistently wildin’ out, and bringing out the id through bangers perfectly suited for the warm weather. Even for homebodies, Megan imbues spaces with a sense of grandeur while capturing the essence of Houston rap through brute force, with a faux-blaxploitation cover to top it off.
Rap is an extrovert’s game, but the dynamism that Megan possesses is nearly unmatched. Her verses are absolutely electrifying, packing the heat she sponged up from her favorites like UGK, Project Pat, and Trina. Sprinkle a little Memphis here, some Miami bass there, and a bit of Houston swagger, and it’s a chemistry experiment gone horribly right. Besides Juicy J’s appearance as the approving forefather passing down the metaphorical torch, the only other guest on Megan’s wild ride is DaBaby. Their song, “Cash Shit,” is downright nasty, showcasing two rising rappers at the top of their game, with Megan giving disapproving sneers verse by verse and DaBaby bringing out his PornHub audition tape. (Their faces say it all.)
Megan Thee Stallion has thrown down the gauntlet with Fever, serving as an introduction to a new breed of down-South conqueror: a confident woman built for Instagram fame but steadfastly disciplined and technically excellent. The daughter of a former rapper, her ascendancy seems like destiny, in a way that even George R.R. Martin would think cliché. She’s on her Derrick Rose MVP season shit, smacking down naysayers with music undeniably accomplished, fully formed, and without blemish. This is the path of Megan Thee Stallion: destroyer of worlds, holder of the crown.
A sure future icon of this strange, waning decade continues her chaotic ascent: there are two new Bhad Bhabie singles in the world.
“Lotta Dem” and “Spaz (feat. YBN Nahmir)” are out now. And you can listen to botha dem right now down below.
The partnership with YBN Nahmir continues a streak of canny pairings for Bhad Bhabie, including Megan Thee Stallion’s appearance on the recent “Bestie” remix, Lil Yachty’s appearance on “Gucci Flip Flops” (which was recently certified platinum, making Ms. Bhabie the youngest person to go platinum with a single this decade), and DMX’s appearance in the video for the original version of “Bestie.”
Bhad Bhabie is also presently on tour. Check out her tour dates below.
Bhad Bhabie tour dates:
06.30.19 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Locals Only 2019*
07.03.19 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
07.04.19 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
07.08.19 – St. Amman, Jordan – Opera House
07.13.19 – Odessa, Ukraine – Red Line Club
07.14.19 – Kiev, Ukraine – Atlas Weekend 2019*
Megan Thee Stallion is a rap fundamentalist. In the new FADER cover story about the surging Houston rapper, Megan talks about listening to ancestral Southern rap with her late mother, who was a rapper herself. As a young rap kid, Megan developed some specific ideas about what rap was supposed to be. And … More »
Most big-name producers have a tag — a quick soundburst that lets you know who you’re listening to and, ideally, makes the song a tiny bit more exciting. You know them when you hear them: “Just Blaaaaze!,” “If young Metro don’t trust you I’ma shoot you,” “Murda on the beats, so it’s not nice.” Usually, … More »