Megan Thee Stallion knows that the path to becoming hip-hop royalty isn’t an easy one — especially for women — but it’s the path she was born to take.
Megan details her rapid rise as a reigning emcee in an exclusive interview with Nadeska Alexis and a soon-to-be-released mini documentary as part of Apple Music’s Up Next series, where Megan is this month’s featured artist.
“Girls, we have to go 10 times harder than guys,” Megan says over the documentary’s trailer. “We are still expected to give you the bars, give you the look, give you the routine. This is me — I wanna be a rapper, this is it.”Up Next featuring Megan Thee Stallion
The Houston talent has been a part of the hip-hop conversation since her early freestyles lit up Twitter and YouTube years ago, when she first started college at Texas Southern University. With the May release of her debut EP, Fever, she racked up more than 150 million streams, and peaked at No. 3 on the Apple Music charts the week of its release. The 24-year-old’s seemingly instantaneous success is due in equal parts to her unapologetic confidence and infectious, carefree, hot-girl mantra, which are referenced in her Beats1 interview and upcoming short film.
“The fact that Megan Thee Stallion initially captivated us with her freestyles is a testament to the skill and creativity that’s made her music hit so hard,” Apple Music host Nadeska Alexis says in a statement. “Factor in her slick-talking, rowdy alter-egos with her confident charisma and it’s easy to see that she is a born entertainer.”
The upcoming short (shot entirely on an iPhone XS), set to debut June 25 via Apple Music, centers on Megan’s early touring days, when she threw intimate house parties to build her fan base, and credits her two biggest influences, her late mother and hometown of Houston, as the propelling factors behind her drive.
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“My mom was a rapper and she really shaped me as a woman, and the music that she was letting me listen to as a child really pushed me in the direction that I’m going in right now,” Megan says. Her mother passed away from a brain tumor in April. “[And] I’m just happy that I’m getting so much love from my city because we Houston! We hard! We’re tough on people. Just to know that the people in my city are really rocking with me, I just love it.”
When it comes to how Megan wants listeners to approach Fever, however, her answer is simple.
“I just wanted [Fever] to be something that was super turnt up the whole time — every song you should be able to bounce to,” Megan says. “Put the swag on it for the summer.”
VIDEO: Every Chance That I Get
I told y’all this was one of the standout tracks from the album. It was a smart move to release the video, but the way Khaled is just dropping videos for this album really makes no sense. People don’t even know it’s out! Anyways, get into the video below.
J. Cole Announces New Album “The Off-Season”
J. Cole is back. After 6 #1 albums, and all of them are certified at least platinum, he is ready to take the music industry by storm. Since his last solo album, Cole has won his first Grammy as well as becoming quite the activist. He was spotted at Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
Today he took to social media, to announce that the world can enjoy new music from him as early as next Friday.
The Downfall of R&B, and the Overlooked Masterpiece
Once a thriving genre in the music industry, R&B has really fallen between the cracks.
We are in a place where singers don’t sing, vocalists are overlooked, and a whole genre was pushed to smaller radio, unless you talk about sex. Back in the 90s and 00s, you could turn on the radio and hear Toni Braxton sing Another Sad Love Song, then hear Tupac rap California Love. Nowadays, R&B is pushed to Adult Contemporary stations, unless you are singing about sex or drugs. It’s really time for mainstream Urban Radio to give R&B the respect it deserves. And to be honest, Jazmine Sullivan and HER are leading the way.
Today Jazmine Sullivan was awarded an RIAA certification for her single, “Pick Up Your Feelings“. While I am happy for her, it upsets me that this is her first song to ever get certified. Jazmine’s only other plaque is for her first album, which should really be Platinum but it’s only Gold. Jazmine has put out 4 amazing albums, and they’ve continuously went overlooked. Before Pick Up Your Feelings, Jazmine hadn’t charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 years! 10 whole years.
Meanwhile artists like Summer Walker, Kehlani, Jhene Aiko and more have had huge success on the charts. I’m not pitting them against each other nor am I comparing. But I will say a bulk of their music is about sex or “fuck niggas” vibes. But where’s that leave room for the lovers? It takes a huge name to get the love back on the radio, like a Bruno Mars with his latest single, “Leave The Door Open“. I have a feeling that real R&B is on it’s way back, and Vibe&B is about to take a little break. At least I’m hoping.
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