Thursday 30 June 2022
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 the omnipresent meme from a couple of years back, 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 one of the most high-profile new voices 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 was 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 27-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 late 2020, she unleashed her debut album, Good News, upon the world. An all-agreeing choir of critics hailed Good News as really good news and a stellar album (look here, here and here). Recently, she’s done some smashing collabs, for instance with Maroon 5 (“Beautiful Mistakes”), Lil Nas X (“Dolla Sign Slime”) and with South Korean boyband BTS (“Butter”). At the 2021 BET Awards she won the most awards of all (she took home four and was nominated for six).

2022 has offered a new summer hit where Megan Thee Stallion has teamed up with Dua Lipa (and yes, she’s also playing Roskilde this year) in the song ”Sweetest Pie”. It’s a kind of flirtatious cousin to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s sexually aggressive ”WAP”.

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).

Now, we’re eagerly waiting for Megan Thee Stallion to play Roskilde Festival 2022. It’ll be a show to remember!