‘Tis the season of Megan Thee Stallion, because the Houston rapper is staking her claim in hip hop. The 24-year-old artist has been around for a few years, but she seems to have burst onto the rap scene in 2019. Her single “Big Ole Freak” has been making waves, so much so that Trey Songz even tried to shoot his shot on social media. Her ever-growing fan base can’t get enough of her twerking videos and freaky lyrics, and if you think Megan Thee Stallion is a handful now, just wait until her alter ego “Hot Girl Meg” comes along with the release of her forthcoming album, Fever.
Fever was set to drop this month, but after her mother unexpectedly passed away, she delayed it further. “I definitely have to pray and spend a lot of time by myself when I can,” she told Billboard. “Sometimes, when you’re doing too much, things get overwhelming. So I just have to calm myself down and think, ‘What would my mama want me to do?’”
There have been a number of artists who have rallied in Megan’s corner including her “bestie” Q-Tip who “always encourages me to be myself and not let anybody change me,” Solange who Megan met and became friends with, and SZA who supports her at every turn. However, while many women have supported her give-no-%&$#s attitude, Megan shares that many men have attacked her on social media for showing too much skin or behaving too sexually.
“It really shows how insecure a lot of these dudes are,” she says. “Half the time it’s an up-and-coming rapper who’s trying to get a reaction so somebody can check out their music [instead]. Or some dude that’s probably been hurt before by a girl who looks like me. Or maybe a guy that I didn’t [direct message] back in 2013? I don’t know what it could be, but that’s just not my problem.”
“We gotta break these double-standards and get women to loosen up a bit,” Megan continued. “We gotta show them that we can do what we want to do how we want to do it. If someone doesn’t like it, they can get to stepping.”