Megan Thee Stallion has become a household name, just like she manifested in her Love & Hip Hop audtion tape from 2013, and her list of accomplishments just keeps growing since she enterted the music scene in 2017. She is now a Grammy-nominated rapper, her first album, Good News, debuted in the second spot on Billboard 200, she's one of Time Magazine's most influential people, and she broke records upon records with her "WAP" collab with Cardi B. Basically, unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard of Megan Thee Stallion and she's here to stay.
etalk's Tyrone Edwards got to put Meg in the hot seat and pick her brain on, well, everything. Meg broke down the best advice she got from Beyoncé, her pride in her Don't Stop scholarships, refusing to be silenced when it comes to injustice, owning her body (and encouraging her hotties to do the same) and much more. The "Body" rapper literally gave us the pep talk of our lives, and we're here to share the tea.
When it comes to the "bad news or good news first?" question, Meg is a firm "good news first" person. "Tell me the good news first. Let me just let that marinate in me so it won't be as hard of a blow when you hit me with the bad news," the 25-year-old rapper said.
Meg said she gave us Good News because she was sick of the bad news. "I was like, you know what? I need to see Good News trending; Good News needs to be number one; I need to see Good News on top," she explained. "I just wanted to see the headline Good News and I'm like, you know what? That's the name of the album, and guess who the good news coming from? Megan Thee Stallion." The Good News was delivered perfectly. Thank you, Meg.
The Texas rapper launched a scholarship fund for two women of colour pursuing college degrees. The Don't Stop fund was in collaboration between Meg and Amazon Music's Rap Rotation is meant to support, "female students of colour [who] are at a larger disadvantage when it comes to access to financial resources."
Meg said that presenting the Don't Stop scholarship was one of her proudest moments of 2020. "I just know what it feels like to be a young Black girl going to college, and I'm like, dang, my momma say she's not about to pay for this. She said something about a loan. Who is Sallie Mae?" Megan joked, adding, "I really had to figure it out."
"Now that I'm in a position to pay for my own college and I'm in a position to help somebody else pay for college I'mma do that because I know what the struggle feels like," she told Tyrone. We stan a queen who gives back to her fans and values education!
Speaking of college, the "Savage" rapper revealed what her go-to meal was when she needed to stretch her money out. "Do you know what I used to eat? I used to eat ramen noodles and hamburger meat," she said, "That's a whole meal."
Meg will talk to anybody who will listen about her time working with Beyoncé (because of course) and she also laid it out for Tyrone. She said, being a Houston girl herself, H-Town claims Queen Bey as theirs, just how all of us in Toronto claim Drake as ours.
"It is insane like Beyoncé is a treasure to us in Houston. I'm pretty sure she's a treasure to the world, but I feel like it's more so heavier on us because she's actually from Houston," Meg said, slowly morphing into a fangirl. "Just looking at Beyoncé when I was growing up, I was like, wow, this lady is really amazing; look at the way she performs; listen to the way she sings like she means it."
Being able to work with Beyoncé blew her mind. "I was like, no, this is a joke like y'all cannot be serious because when I met her, I was so nervous to say anything to her," the "Hot Girl Summer" rapper said. "When I finally got bold enough, it just felt like the conversation was so regular. I was like, oh my god, I'm really in here talking to Beyoncé, and she's so cool."
Meg said that Beyoncé's advice helps her remember who she really is. "She always reminds me to not let my crown tilt, like 'queen, you're a goddess, don't let nothing get to you. I'm so proud of you.' She's just always saying things to comfort me and to make me remember who I am, and she always got to end the message with 'H-Town hold it down,'" she said, adding that Beyoncé still remembers she's from the hood.
Justin Bieber has his Beliebers, Nicki Minaj has her Barbz, Beyoncé has her Beyhive (which Meg says she's also a part of), and Megan Thee Stallion has her Hotties. The rapper explained that she's actually friends with a lot of the Hotties.
"When I was first coming up, there was a group of Hotties from Dallas, and they would literally drive from Dallas to everywhere in Texas where I would perform. I could remember their faces and exactly who they were every time I saw them," she reminisced. "When my shows started to get bigger, and I would go to other places, I would make sure that these Hotties was always good. To this day, they still ride so hard, and I have met so many other Hotties that go just as hard and support to the fullest."
"I don't want to be that artist where you feel like, oh my gosh, I will never meet Megan Thee Stallion, I would never know Megan Thee Stallion. No, yes, you will," Meg said, reassuring all of us Hotties. "As bad as you want to talk to me, I probably want to talk to you. It makes me feel really good to know that I can have this type of relationship with the people who support me because I appreciate you."
Meg said that she agrees with Dionne Warwick's tweet calling her a "smart young lady with a good heart." She wanted to clarify what a hot girl is because Warwick said she had no clue.
"I'm that too," she said of Warwick's description of her. "That's a part of being a hot girl, though. A hot girl or a hot boy is a person who is just kind, who is the life of the party, who spreads positivity, who can get they work done but still turn up," the "Girls in the Hood" rapper explained. "It's just about having a good time but still getting work down, and I don't care what nobody got to say about it."
There is no denying that this Houston Hottie is fuego! *Insert all the fire emojis here.* Whether she's stepping on the stage for a performance, spitting her iconic bars or just showing us her best twerking skills on Instagram, she grabs everyone's attention. Meg explained that the women who raised her helped her gain the confidence she has today.
"I had my grandmother, my great grandmother, my aunt and my mom. Every single day they would tell me, 'Megan, look, you're going to grow up, and you're going to be this type of woman, and you're not going to need a man for nothing,'" she shared. "You can have a man, but make sure that you take care of yourself."
"I never really thought of men as a necessity, but more so like, 'thanks,'" she quipped. All hail Queen Megan Thee Stallion. She said that her confidence comes "from the women who raised me to really value myself and take care of myself first."
When it comes to her sexuality and the way she owns it, she learned it all from experience and rap music she listened to growing up. "I listened to a lot of Pimp C, a lot of Three 6 Mafia growing up, Biggie, and I heard the way these men spoke about sex, and it felt like they owned sex," she explained. "I felt like this would sound really, really good if it was coming from a woman because sex goes two ways and not just one."
Meg gave us all a quick sex ed lesson and said, "Sex is not just about to please a man, and I think that a lot of times, people think that sex is just a one-sided thing, and it's like, no baby, this is about me too. This about my WAP."
"Girl, you need to go in there and you need to tell him this is what makes me feel good, and this is what I'm bout to do to you actually," the "Sex Talk" rapper said. "Own the sex, own your body. It's your body, and it's not just a thing that's supposed to make him feel good."
Meg uses her spotlight to shine a light on important topics and amplify civil injustices. She used her performance on the SNL stage in October to criticize Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron for his failings in Breonna Taylor's case. She also penned an opinion piece titled, “Megan Thee Stallion: Why I Speak Up for Black Women" addressing her alleged shooting by Tory Lanez in July, her protest on SNL against Breonna Taylor’s killing, and other factors that inform her fight to “protect Black women.”
Meg told Tyrone that she's not going to let tough topics like racism get swept under the rug. "Every time I get a platform to speak, I'm going to use it. If I know that I have a group of people watching me let me go ahead and put this on your mind while you're here," she said. "Nobody's going to silence me. Nobody's going to scare me into not speaking up for what I believe in speaking on. I don't care what nobody else is talking about. We gonna talk about this right now while you're watching Megan Thee Stallion."
"I just feel like it's very important for me to use my platform and speak on things that I feel strongly about," she added. "Sometimes when you speak up and speak your mind, it makes people uncomfortable, especially if it's a topic that they're not ready to talk about."
Meg declared that it's time to "stop watering it down, and sugar coating it for other people... You can't tell me how to feel about some sh-t that's happening to me."
"I do feel hopeful for the future because now we in your face," she said. "Social media is like a blessing and a curse. Even though it's weird to be online and see somebody literally die, the world is seeing this is how we are being treated," she said. "All that sneak attack stuff that I feel like people were trying to do, you're trying to hide it, you're trying to sweep it under the rug, no. Everybody in the world can see how terrible you are, so maybe that will force you to not be so damn terrible now that you know that we caught you."
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The Grammy-nominated rapper said that men have beeeeeeeeeen dominating hip-hop, but now it's women's turn. "We have a bunch of women embracing each other, big upping each other. There's a lot of confident women out right now, and we're all able to coexist, and we're all able to realize that just because we're female rappers, it does not mean we're rapping about the same thing or rapping the same way," she said.
"There are so many different women you can listen to. There's a female rapper for everybody. All you got to do is pick your flavour. Who you wanna hear?"
One of her greatest influences was Lil Kim. "Hearing that from Kim, she's somebody who is raw. She has a deep voice like mine, so hearing her rap voice made me feel good about my rapping voice because I'm like this is hard, this is tough, she mean it, she's raw, she's aggressive, this is what I want to hear from a woman. I've always respected that about her."
OK, Hotties, let's keep the same energy as this pep talk and make Meg proud!
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