By Andrew Millman
Given her near-ubiquity on my playlists for nearly two years now (she was also in my Top 5 artists this year), the fact that Good News is technically Megan Thee Stallion’s first album was kinda shocking to me. It’s been a rollercoaster year for the rapper, from putting out hit songs like “WAP” with Cardi B and “Savage” with Beyonce, to literally getting shot in the foot, to consistently delivering stunning performances (like her SNL gig). Megan kicks off her debut album with the song “Shots Fired,” in which she directly addresses the incident with Tory Lanez from this summer, delivering insults like “you’re not popping you’re just on the remix” before moving on to bigger issues, “eight months later/and we still ain’t got no fucking justice for Breonna Taylor.”
Consistent with Megan’s status as one of the biggest rising stars in music right now, she has some big-name features on the album, like DaBaby (“Cry Baby”), City Girls (“Do It on the Tip”), SZA (“Freaky Girls”), Young Thug (“Don’t Stop”), and Big Sean & 2 Chainz (“Go Crazy”), but some of my favorite songs from the album were Megan going solo, like “Body” (which you’ve probably heard on TikTok, if nowhere else, by now) and “Don’t Rock Me to Sleep.” This album made me realize what I find so appealing about Megan’s music. It’s her combination of empowering, feel-good bad bitch confidence with an intelligence and depth that belies stereotypical portrayals of sexually-empowered women. In her music, Megan is simultaneously tons of fun, rightfully super confident, and knows herself and the world better than most will ever.
The only downside of this album is that this pandemic is preventing me from experiencing it in a club setting, where it’s designed to be consumed. I can’t wait to see what Megan Thee Stallion does next and, hopefully, this pandemic will be over by then.