If you pay attention to music at all, chances are you’ve been hearing a lot about Megan Thee Stallion lately. And if you haven’t, well, you’re welcome, because I’m about to change your life for the better. It’s tough to keep up with all of the up-and-coming artists in the music industry, but Megan Thee Stallion is definitely one who needs to be on your radar. “Who is Megan Thee Stallion?,” you ask. Well, to start, she’s a 24-year-old rapper from Houston, TX, and she’s on a mission to take over the world. She’s been steadily grinding since 2016, and this year, her career has really blown up with her first major project being released. Now, Megan has gone especially viral with the spread of the Hot Girl Summer meme, and it’s time that the whole world knows exactly who she is. Here are five things you need to know about Megan Thee Stallion.
Her Mixtape Needs To Be On Your Pregame Playlist
Megan has been making music for a few years, but she really arrived this year, with her first full-length mixtape, Fever, dropping in May. It debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard charts, and has gotten rave reviews from basically every publication, including as a New York Times critics’ pick. The mixtape is the perfect combination of intricate lyrics and amazing beats, and it’s clear from the jump that Megan didn’t come to play around.
She’s The OG Hot Girl
If you’ve been unleashing your inner Hot Girl Summer lately, you have Megan Thee Stallion to thank. Her nickname has been Hot Girl Meg for a while, and her recent song “Cash Sh*t” helped to kick off the biggest trend of the summer. I wrote a more detailed explanation of the Hot Girl Summer here, but it’s basically all about living your best life and being a bad bitch.
Megan’s attitude in her music and on social media is all about feeling yourself, whether it comes to how you look, your professional successes, or whatever is happening in your personal life. Life is too short not to be a Hot Girl, and Megan knows it.
Her Talent Is No Joke
As fun as Megan’s Hot Girl schtick is, don’t let it overshadow the fact that she’s an incredibly talented rapper. Her new mixtape Fever shouldn’t leave any doubts, but this freestyle that she posted on her Instagram yesterday is fierce as f*ck. Megan doesn’t hold back with her raps, and her flow is mesmerizing to keep up with. With freestyles like that, people won’t be asking “Who is Megan Thee Stallion?” for long.
I’ll be excited to see what she does next, now that her resources and connections in the industry are rapidly expanding. I could easily see her having Cardi B and Nicki Minaj levels of success, because she has the talent to back up her amazing attitude.
She’s Still In School
Megan is booked and busy lately, but she’s still focused on finishing her education. After taking some time off from school, she returned to online classes at Texas Southern University earlier this year. She’s acknowledged to Atlanta Black Star that it’s gotten harder to keep up with her coursework since getting big last year: “Now that I have something to do almost every day, it is pretty difficult. So I’m just doing my best. I’m trying to tell my classmates, ‘Look, y’all, send me my homework.'”
Despite the challenges that come along with juggling fame and college, her recent Instagram above shows that she’s dedicated to getting her degree. I’m impressed with the dedication, considering that I wasn’t famous in college and could still barely drag myself to class.
She’s A Trailblazer
Despite the legacy of successful female rappers going back decades with people like Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah, it’s still a completely different game for men and women in rap. When Megan was signed to 300 Entertainment last November, she was the first female rapper ever signed to the label. She was recently announced as a member of this year’s XXL Freshman Class, an annual list of the biggest up-and-coming rappers. She’s one of three women on this year’s list, which, sadly, is way more than usual.
Who is Megan Thee Stallion? Now you know she’s 100% that bitch. Keep an eye on Megan, because she’s not going anywhere. In the mean time, have the best, hottest summer ever, and don’t forget to give Fever a listen. Hot Girl Meg demands it.
Images: Getty Images; theestallion (6) / Instagram
In the world of internet memes, some are funny, some are stupid, and some are unbelievably offensive. But every once in a while, one of these viral black holes is actually pretty awesome, which leads me to today’s topic: the Hot Girl Summer. It’s been everywhere on the internet over the past week, and while I love it, I wasn’t sure exactly where it came from. If you want to participate in Hot Girl Summer, but feel like you need a little more background, keep reading.
The Hot Girl Summer craze can be traced back to rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who recently released her debut mixtape, Fever. Megan is a badass, and all her music is great, but people got especially into the song “Cash Sh*t.” The song is an anthem about getting what you want and not taking sh*t from men, which is obviously a relatable sentiment. Megan says “real hot girl sh*t” at the beginning of the song, and the cover of Fever also says “she’s thee HOT GIRL and she’s bringing THEE HEAT.”
Even if you’re confused about why she says “thee” all the time, it’s hard not to feel inspired by Megan’s attitude. Anyone can be a hot girl—it’s all about confidence and knowing you’re a bad bitch. Megan’s fans took the inspiration from the song to social media, and from there, the Hot Girl Summer was born.
Hot Girl Summer is all about living your best life and acting up while it’s hot outside. Wear what makes you feel like a hot girl, send the text that makes you feel like that bitch, and generally just don’t take anyone’s sh*t. When Megan spoke to The Root about what Hot Girl Summer means to her, she said “It’s about women and men being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up their friends, doing you…You definitely have to be a person who can be the life of the party and just a bad bitch.” Yeah, I’m very on board with this.
Tons of women online have been getting into their Hot Girl Summer moods, including my absolute favorite Kardashian outcast, Jordyn Woods:
I love a queen posing on a hotel bed in a high fashion Star Trek outfit. People might remember Jordyn most for her tearful appearance on Red Table Talks, but she’s been looking amazing on Instagram recently, and she recently hit 10 million followers. You go Jordyn, enjoy your Hot Girl Summer.
Also partaking in Hot Girl Summer 2019 are sisters Chloe x Halle, who look hot af in their matching Ivy Park outfits (and also all the time). Halle was just announced as the star of Disney’s upcoming The Little Mermaid remake, and this post makes me very excited to see her bring the Hot Girl energy to Ariel. Haters, go away.
Of course, once the celebs and the average people of Instagram started participating, it wasn’t long before Hot Girl Summer became one of the biggest memes of the moments.
The newest season of Stranger Things came out last week, and people were quick to point out the similarities between Megan Thee Stallion and these awkward teenagers from Indiana. Okay, maybe there aren’t that many similarities, but I’m glad Millie Bobby Brown is living her best life with that ice cream cone.
max and eleven livin their hot girl summer yessssss #StrangerThings3 pic.twitter.com/bzQAxco8sq
— b r o o k l i n ✰ (@brooklinrichard) July 4, 2019
Also, I present to you my eternal mood:
My mind says hot girl summer but my heart says mozzarella sticks
— sarafcarter (@sarafcarter) July 8, 2019
BUT WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T HAVE BOTH??? This summer is officially dedicated to being a Hot Girl AND eating mozzarella sticks, because I said so.
And even though Hot Girl Summer is the best, you don’t have to have one if you don’t want to. We can’t all feel great all the time, so feel free to be a Hot Girl on your own schedule.
I missed summer but based on my schedule I’ll be having a Hot Girl Autumn
— RAVEN B. (@RAVIEB) July 9, 2019
So, to recap—literally anyone can (and should) participate in Hot Girl Summer. Even if that means staying in on Friday night and watching 14 episodes of Friends, do what makes you feel like a bad bitch at all times. Life is too short to not be on your bullsh*t.
And if you’re really about your Hot Girl Summer moment, now you can get your very own Hot Girl Summer Wine Bag. Hot Girls love cold wine, that’s just the rules.
Images: theestallion (2), jordynwoods, chloexhalle / Instagram; brooklinrichard, sarafcarter, ravieb / Twitter