Saturday 3 July 2021
Houston rapper wants it all – and is right on her way to getting it

We heard it’s a hot girl summer.

If you know 2019’s omnipresent meme, you know what we’re on about. And if not, you probably know the song, right?

It all traces back to Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion (real name Megan Pete). She’s one of the hottest new female rappers – and arguably the most high-profile new voice in hip-hop in recent times.

She has two US #1 songs to her name – the impossible-to-avoid “Savage” (the remix co-stars fellow Texan Beyoncé) and “WAP” in collaboration with Cardi B. The latter is 2020’s most talked-about tune with its graphic sauciness (watch).

The past couple of years have been a blur of back-to-back wins for the 25-year-old, from the mixtape and EP releases Fever and Suga – both top 10 hitters in the US – to being named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world according to Time Magazine.

And in November 2020 she unleashed her debut album, Good News, upon the world. An all-agreeing choir of critics hail Good News as really good news and a stellar album (look here, here and here).

Megan Thee Stallion is as beloved for her hooks and flows as she is the swagger of sensuality. The guttural confidence has become her brand. Meg is upfront, frank and meticulous about everything she has and wants. And she wants it all.

Although Megan Thee Stallion’s raps glory in pleasure, her public profile has been of a survivor of pain. In 2019, she lost her mother and her great-grandmother. She also overcame legal problems with her former label. That fuelled the everywoman appeal of “Savage”, a song that let women be “savage” and “classy”, “bougie” (bourgeois) and “ratchet” (ghetto).

This summer – in lack of live stages to perform on – Megan Thee Stallion did a ground-breaking virtual concert with full throttle on the production values. It underlined her mad skills as a performer.

Now, we’re waiting for the world to open again – and when it does, Megan Thee Stallion will step onto the stage at Roskilde Festival.