Megan Thee Stallion – The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Artist
Having starred in a series of dance crazes and spoken up for women’s rights, Houston-native megan thee stallion is one of the most famous Black rappers on the planet. But that didn’t mean she was immune from the pitfalls of her stardom. Her career was hit hard by grief, betrayal, and media scrutiny.
She pushed back, and subsequently released three albums in two years. Her latest, Traumazine, is her most vulnerable work to date.
On the heels of the release, she’s toured and played to sold-out crowds in her home town of Houston. She’s also slated to play at Governors Ball, Firefly Music Festival, Austin City Limits, Mardi Gras World and Powerhouse in 2021.
The artist has become a social-media star and branded herself with the term “Hot Girl Summer.” She’s appeared on numerous magazine covers and is an ambassador for Revlon and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie line. She’s also been featured in a YouTube video about the sexy dance style of voguing.
Her music has won a slew of awards, including Best New Artist at the 63rd Grammy Awards. She’s been nominated for several other awards, too.
In 2020, she released an EP called Suga, which included the song “Captain Hook.” She also directed a music video for the track. Her single “Savage” with Beyonce was a huge hit on TikTok, leading to an invitation to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
She’s also a fan of pop music, especially Dua Lipa. She’s joined her on tour and will open for her on the Future Nostalgia tour this year.
Despite her struggles, Megan continues to deliver high-quality rap tracks. Her lyricism is still on point, even if her punchlines have less impact than on past records. On ’90s-inspired tracks like “Plan B” and “Not Nice,” she taps into the ruthlessness of a battle rapper and the galvanizing force of Queen Latifah to prove that lyricism and delivery are her weapons.
On a recent tour, she was seen taking a lot of selfies, and this trend is likely to continue as she tours throughout 2019. But she also shows her vulnerability onstage – like at her appearance at the Governors Ball. She’s able to take her audience with her, and she does so without making them feel like they’re being judged by her.
The singer has an incredible voice and can make any song sound better. She can turn a slow-burning love song into a banger and make the most of her vocal range, delivering powerful lyrics that wring the listener’s heartstrings with her sexy phrasing.
Her music has won prestigious awards, including Best New Artist at the 62nd Grammys and Best Rap Performance for her song “Savage” with Beyonce. She’s an ambassador for Revlon and Rihanna’s lingerie line, and she’s a judge on the YouTube show “Legendary.”
While her stance on gender and race is controversial, her lyrics have always been rooted in Black culture and society. Her songs are often infused with references to Black history, and she’s always accompanied by an all-Black cast of performers.