• Tomisin Sobande

Megan Thee Stallion


On November 12th, to the delight of her many fans, Megan Thee Stallion announced the release of her debut album “Good News.” So, I dedicate this article to Megan Thee Stallion and her achievements in music.

Megan Thee Stallion has dominated the rap industry for the last few years, but it may surprise some that she has not released a full album until this month. Previously, she had only four mixtapes available on Spotify: “Make It Hot,” “Tina Snow,” “Fever,” and “Suga.” Many of her songs, like last year’s “Cash S***” from “Fever,” have garnered national attention and have trended on TikTok and Twitter in the U.S. 2019 had been her most successful year yet in terms of awards and recognitions. She won the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Mixtape, and her single “Hot Girl Summer” won the MTV Award for Best Power Anthem and became a people’s catchphrase all over the world. Little did we know, 2019 was just the start of Megan’s rise to the top of the music industry. In 2020, her mixtape Suga included some of the biggest hits of this year: “Savage” and “Captain Hook”. Both of these songs became huge dance trends on TikTok and iconic songs of the summer. Even when “Savage” was huge, it only continued to grow. Megan remixes it with Beyoncé, and the song became an even bigger phenomenon. So far this year, Megan Thee Stallion has won seven awards for her incredible work.

Most prominently this year, Megan Thee Stallion broke the internet when she and Cardi B released their single “WAP.” With its sexually explicit lyrics and video, the song predictably sparked lots of controversy and attention. However much criticism it faced, “WAP” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #1 and became Megan’s second number one single in the US. It also broke the record for the most streams of a song in its first week of release in the US with a whopping 93 million streams. To make this achievement even more special, only four female rappers have ever debuted songs at number one on the Billboard charts: Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Overall, Megan Thee Stallion has made her place in the rap industry, and she’s done it without even having an album out. She’s smashed record after record, earning a rightful place in history. Her work, a meaningful indicator of the world’s social and political climate, strikes a chord with young listeners. She’s even spoken out on issues herself. For example, Saturday Night Live featured Megan in Season 46’s premier episode as the night’s musical guest, where she gave a striking performance with a clear message: “Protect Black Women.” She has proven her skill through her mixtapes and freestyles, and rap enthusiasts are eager to hear her new work. If you are interested in listening to more rap artists, Megan Thee Stallion is a perfect place to start.