Fresh from releasing her major label debut FEVER, Megan Thee Stallion is the star of FADER Magazine’s Summer Music issue.
Hot Girl Meg, in her interview with writer Lawrence Burney, speaks on her rise (which took several false starts before kicking off), trying to balance earning her college degree (her plan is to “open a string of assisted living facilities around the city with her rap money, and hire her classmates to run them”) while becoming one of rap’s most exciting newcomers, and the tragic loss of both her mother and great-grandmother just as things picked up.
On the duality of rap music…
She also sees a double standard when it comes to who is allowed to veer off the conventional path. “And then being a girl too — they criticize you harder than they criticize men,” she says. “If I was out there making little noises like Uzi and Carti be making, they would not rock with that. And not saying that they don’t be going hard, because we definitely finna turn up to both of them, but if it was a chick, like — no.”
On gaining strength through loss…
“No matter what I’m going through, I still want to keep going,” she continues. “Just to show people you can still be strong and you can still face your everyday life. Even when everything coming down on you. I didn’t cancel none of my shows ‘cause I just knew — I know — how my momma is, and I know she wouldn’t want me to stop.”
The full interview can be read here.