Megan Thee Stallion has already occupied several different roles in her career, but she's never truly been seen in her 360. From Tina Snow to Hot Girl Meg, she's been pegged in different areas, allowed a portion of the success she deserves by this industry, while also remaining hemmed in, bound by broader expectations. A lengthy, endlessly inspired, expertly curated full length, 'Good News' explodes those definitions, and finds Megan Thee Stallion asserting full control - and it's a joy to behold.
Megan Thee Stallion is coming to the end of a phenomenal year: first her tune Savage takes off astronomically, then veritable R&B legend Beyoncé hops on the remix, then she's involved with another international hit with the Cardi B duet WAP. The time couldn't be better for her studio debut, and Megan takes this opportunity to ramp up the sexually-charged lyrics, enlist some A-list features and dabble in a couple of other sounds occasionally as well. Lead single Don't Stop makes its mark with dubstep-esque squalls of bass and an uncharacteristically coy verse from Young Thug, while big-time producers such as Tay Keith and Juicy J flesh out the record with sonically varied contributions.
With unabashed raunchiness, shoot-to-kill confidence, and dizzying wordplay, rapper Megan Thee Stallion has been too often described as the "female version" of Southern hip-hop legends like Juicy J and her biggest influence, Pimp C. It's time to stop with the lazy and sexist comparisons and take Megan for what she is — a singular talent with more gusto and guts than most rappers out there, and her long-awaited debut album (following up the Suga EP from earlier this year) is unmistakable proof of her increasingly towering presence over the rest of the game. Coming mere months after she was allegedly shot by Tory Lanez, Megan answers all questions on the aptly titled opener "Shots Fired.
As her output grew from early mixtapes to chart-topping singles, Houston rap sensation Megan Thee Stallion created a winning formula of straight-ahead, no-nonsense beats and rhymes so heavy on sex, power, and confidence that she seemed superhuman. By the arrival of debut studio album Good News, Megan had become one of the more successful mainstream rappers of her era, already cracking the charts with various projects and even appearing on multiple number one singles. Rather than coast on her established success, Good News finds the rapper firing off at full power, decimating her haters, and delivering track after track of sex-positive, voraciously vulgar, yet stunningly clever rhyme skills.
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The Lowdown: Megan Thee Stallion's 2020 was one of turbulence with moments of immense triumph thrown in. She celebrated the two biggest hits of her career: "Savage" (which was accompanied by an epic Beyoncé remix) and her Cardi B collaboration, "WAP", a song that dominated the cultural discourse for months. Megan graced the covers of notable magazines: Time, W, Marie Claire, GQ, and Rolling Stone.