OROn YouTube, you can still watch one of Megan Thee Stallion’s songs. first appearances at a 2016 rap cypher in Houston. It’s a very revealing performance. She is twenty-one years old and still an unknown student (“Support the artists,” says the accompanying text, “this is just the beginning of her journey”). She is vastly outnumbered by her male counterparts who don’t seem to take her very seriously. . It could be that they’re laughing and high-fives while she acts because they’re in disbelief at her abilities, but it doesn’t really look like that. However, she seems incredibly self-assured and collected, ending her performance with the lewd and mocking taunt of “ahhh” that has since become her trademark. It’s not just the benefit of hindsight that makes her seem like the artist most likely to do so.
Hearing his debut album four years later, it’s tempting to say that not much has changed. He falls with the same confidence you see in the video of his freestyle on that rooftop in Houston. But then why not? End 2020 on the cover of Time magazine, one of the 100 most influential people of the year. It culminates 12 months during which he has enjoyed viral ubiquity on TikTok thanks to a dance challenge based on his single Savage, which sold 3 million copies in the United States alone; She was granted a temporary restraining order against her record label, which, according to her, prevented her from publishing the music she wanted; created a huge storm, involving everyone from Republican Congressional candidates to Russell Brand, with his Cardi B WAP collaboration, none of which hurt the single’s record commercial success; gave a speech on racism in the middle of a performance on Saturday Night Live; and managed to not only cope with the misogynistic consequences online of an incident where he was shot, allegedly by rapper Tory Lanez, but cleverly turned it into a conversation about protecting black women.
So Good News has some of the victory lap about it, but its content also highlights something basic that has occasionally been drowned out by the uproar of controversy and conversations on social media – it’s phenomenal at what it does. The internet is full of memes in which grumpy, middle-aged hip-hop fans lament the state of the art in recent years, but Megan Thee Stallion is a traditionally talented rapper – her flow is crisp and forceful, her lyrics are packed. sharp and fun lines. – “Invest in this cunt, boy – support the black business”; “All those bitches scare cats, I call them Carole Baskin,” and humiliating put-downs. Whatever the outcome of the upcoming court case about the shooting incident, the opening song, Shots Fired, administers its own kind of justice, ripping apart its (unnamed) assailant along with his online followers: “They hate me, but watch my videos pounding their cocks. ” She has a fantastic line for inviting male rappers to be guests and then deftly undermining them. “Tell him to move, drop off his friends and take off his pants,” suggests Lil Durk in Movie. “Tell him to spend it, he has no money, don’t put your hands on him,” he replies. He responds by bragging about the cost of his jewelry. “I’m a boss,” she answers sarcastically, “I could buy the same thing my man bought.”
While there are pop-up moments here, including the slightly over-appetizing Don’t Rock Me to Sleep, it’s an album that gleefully ignores many of the prevailing trends in hip-hop – it’s 11 tracks before someone pulls out. AutoTune, and even then it’s guest star Popcaan. Instead, its PVU involves placing its author in a lineage of classic rap artists. You lose track of musical references to hip-hop’s past. Shots Fired is based on Notorious BIG’s Who shot you?, while Girls in the Hood rework Eazy-E’s Boyz-n-the-Hood. Juicy J’s production of Three 6 Mafia (favorites of Megan Thee Stallion’s late mother, who was also a rapper) on Freaky Girls has its roots in early ’90s G-funk, and the Go Crazy sound contains a sweet nod to Naughty By. The success of Nature in 1991 UP.
Other samples appear pointed in their intention. The beautiful electric piano motif in Outside comes from Something in My Heart by Michel’le, the R&B singer-songwriter who endured a physically abusive relationship with Dr. Dre – amidst a variety of assaults, once shot her.
More often than not, they serve to show that Megan Thee Stallion’s talents are a moving feast: he sounds right at home growling over Girls in the Hood’s minimal ’80s gangsta rap as he does with Beyoncé’s voice lacing hers on Savage Remix . And, of course, they imply that these artists are their ancestors – in its own way, that’s just as daring as the SoundCloud rappers’ penchant for dismissing the history of hip-hop, but, as we’ve established, trust isn’t really a problem for Stallion Megan Thee. Time will tell if your implication is correct. For now, Good News is more than enough.
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