When Megan Thee Stallion enters the Billboard places of work, she exudes a confidence of an artist that has been mastering the sport for a minimum of a decade. Yet the 23-year-old Houston native has solely been professionally rapping for 2 years, initially gaining steam when a cypher that includes her utterly obliterating a freestyle over Drake’s “4pm In Calabasas” went viral.
Since then, the rapper (born as Megan Pete) dropped her first EP titled Make It Hot in 2017, and adopted it up with June’s Tina Snow mixtape that discovered her channeling her greatest affect -- the late Pimp C. Standing at an imposing 5’10’’, the rapper’s stature is simply as intimidating as her lyrics, the place she audaciously boasts about displaying how she will be able to freak your man higher and proving how a lot she’s a foul ass bitch who didn't depend on a co-sign. "If you aren't courting any individual popping or you aren't simply appearing an entire ass, then individuals 9 occasions out of 10 are in all probability not going to know who you might be," Megan tells Billboard. "You discover out about me due to my music, and that's how I wish to hold it."
But not solely can Megan can spit simply as laborious as her male counterparts, she's doing whereas nonetheless in the course of getting her diploma in well being administration at Texas Southern University. And her abilities are making a mark: she signed to 300 Entertainment in November, house to fellow rappers Young Thug and Tee Grizzley.
“I'm simply able to take over,” she continues. “Everybody was in search of me. There have been so many alternative labels coming to me and so they simply didn't appear proper, however 300... they wished me unhealthy. It felt like a household.”
One of the primary duties on her agenda as a brand new signee is releasing one other mixtape, merely titled Fever. Highlights embrace the rowdy "Shake That," which can have girls prepared to indicate off their twerking abilities, and the bass-heavy "Sex Talk," which lays out all the specific methods Megan prefers to be seduced. But earlier than Fever arrives in January, the rapper spoke to Billboard about feeling underrated, the state of SoundCloud rap, and balancing college together with her rising fame.
Take me again to the second you realized you wished to be a rapper.
I used to be in all probability like seven. And my mother was once a rapper, and used to take me to the studio together with her. I might be within the little ready space, and he or she would in all probability assume I used to be in there asleep, or doing little child stuff. But I'm actually in there on the door, like, “OK, what's she in there doing?”
So in the future I simply took one in all her instrumentals from her CDs -- as a result of I don't assume YouTube was like popping like that again then -- and I began writing over it. And then ultimately, I simply step by step began stealing them! And she'd be like, “Where are my CDs, Megan?” [Laughs.] So once I was in all probability 18, I got here to my mother and was like I wish to rap. She [told me] “you'll be able to't rap.” I don't even know why I used to be hiding it from her. So I rapped for her, and he or she was like, “Oh you ain't popping out till you 21!” So that's how we bought Megan [Thee Stallion] began.
I didn’t know your mother was additionally a rapper. What did you study from her expertise?
She by no means actually needed to [give me advice] as a result of I suppose it was simply in me already. [I was] simply choosing up from the place she left off. She was like hardcore rap, however I'm a lover. So she positively simply tells me to wreck these hoes on a regular basis -- and that's what I do!
You had such a speedy rise this 12 months, however was it laborious to regulate to that immediate recognition -- particularly because you're nonetheless taking faculty lessons?
Everybody's telling me, “Oh Megan, it occurred so quick!" And I'm like, “Well shit. I really feel like I've been writing all my rattling life!” So for it to lastly occur for me, I'm simply considering -- we've bought to maintain working tougher. Because my important factor is simply to maintain outdoing myself.
I'm nonetheless in class and at first, I'm not going to lie, it was type of simple, as a result of I wasn't so booked. I solely need to go to highschool two days out of the week, however I'm there all day lengthy. But now that I've one thing to do nearly daily, it's fairly troublesome. So I'm simply doing my finest. I'm attempting to inform my classmates, “Look y'all, ship me my homework!” [Laughs.]
Only one in all my professors proper now is aware of that I'm like an entire rapper. She adopted me on Instagram and once I got here to class she was like “Megan, so you bought just a little alter ego!” I used to be like, “Oh my god. Don't comply with me!”
I learn that you just wished to open assisted dwelling properties in your hometown after you graduate. Is that also the plan?
Yes, that's nonetheless the plan. And you know the way it's so laborious to get a job after faculty? So I assumed it will be tremendous simple for my classmates if I simply opened up one thing that they may go get a job at. I knew I didn't wish to be a nurse. And as soon as I began getting tremendous common with my music, I knew I in all probability wasn't going to go to medical college. And then blood type of makes me just a little squeamish, so I used to be like, "I don't wish to contact no one." But I wish to run the hospital. I don't wish to do the soiled work, however I positively wish to put it there for individuals to come back and assist others.
Taking it again to music now -- this 12 months noticed an inflow of feminine rappers who didn’t get their due shine. Do you are feeling underrated?
I really feel that artists basically, however positively ladies -- if you're not courting any individual popping or you aren't simply appearing an entire ass, then individuals 9 occasions out of 10 are in all probability not going to know who you might be. So I simply need to hold going laborious with my music, as a result of the best way individuals know me is from my music. They don't know me from anything. There's no drama. I'm not with anyone. So when you discover out about me, you discover out about me due to my music, and that's how I wish to hold it.
What are your ideas on feminine illustration in rap? What’s lacking?
I really feel that there must be a greater illustration. There all the time have been so many feminine rappers. It's simply that quite a lot of feminine rappers don't get the chance to come back and showcase our abilities. This 12 months, they've been placing the highlight on us. I really like how all people is popping up and making the most of it. But it's quite a lot of play-play feminine rappers [who don't take music seriously] and I simply need the true ones to only be capable of come take over.
In normal, do you want the place rap goes with the rise of all these younger, tattooed SoundCloud rappers?
I hate that folks have made the time period SoundCloud rapper into a foul factor, as a result of quite a lot of artists are underground and so they don't have a technique to put their music on. But to get that clout, to get that reputation, you would possibly wish to add your music to SoundCloud -- as a result of how else is all people going to listen to it?
But that mumble rap? There's a time for mumble rap and there's a time for severe rap. You go to the membership and also you wish to flip up put that mumble rap on, as a result of we drunk. We're not attempting to listen to your acutely aware rapping! We don't wish to sing all them lyrics. So I simply really feel like all people is doing a very good job of doing their factor. I really feel like we'd like simply to ensure it's a very good steadiness.
Houston is thought for its chopped & screw type, however your music is extra intense, vibrant. It's refreshing. Was that intentional?
But we're not even on that wave proper now. We'll without end be chop and screw. But positively, we're evolving into one thing extra loopy. I can't wait to see what it appears like in a 12 months from now.
I don't need that stigma on me. Like, I'm from Houston, however that doesn't imply that I'm simply nonetheless going to hold out one thing that was taking place within the '90s into proper now. I respect it, as a result of I'm from there. I take heed to my very own music chopped and screwed. But all people in the entire huge world will not be on that.
And you've all the time regarded as much as the legendary Pimp C.
My favourite rapper! I like Pimp C's cockiness. He makes me really feel so assured and he makes me really feel so cool. So positively when individuals are listening to my music I would like them to really feel like that too. Biggie evokes me too. I really like his wordplay -- he might be speaking about spreading jam on toast and he’ll phrase it in such a cool approach. So I'm like “Okay, how can I do this?”
I really like that you just’re so assured together with your sexuality, and you appear to be a go-getter. Do you've gotten recommendation for girls who could also be afraid to actually go after what they need in life?
When I make music, I hope it will get within any individual and so they really feel like, “You know what? Fuck this, I'm a foul bitch!” I do know that I've to remain the best way that I'm to proceed to encourage different ladies to really feel [the same]. Confidence actually begins from your self. You need to go look within the mirror at your self. If you don't like what you see, you're going to offer off that vitality.
I really feel like individuals can inform that you just're not assured in your self, so that they're going to deal with you such as you're not assured. You simply need to get up and assume, “Okay possibly this isn't going good for me right now, however that doesn't imply it's not going to go good for you subsequent month.” You didn't get this job, however that don't imply that God didn't already make you not get it, as a result of he is aware of he about to hook you up in six months. So positively it's all about your individual private psychological. You've simply gotta keep sturdy and by no means quit. Just as a result of one thing’s not taking place proper now doesn't imply it's not going to occur later.