American rapper Megan Jovon Ruth Pete known professionally as Megan Thee Stallion has released a new track titled “Flip Flop” from her sophomore album titled “Traumazine.”
Megan Thee Stallion first garnered attention when videos of her freestyling became popular on social media platforms such as Instagram.
Megan Thee Stallion signed to 300 Entertainment in 2018 where she released the mixtape Fever (2019) and the extended play Suga (2020) both of which reached the top ten of the Billboard 200.
Megan Thee Stallion released her debut studio album Good News (2020) to critical acclaim, appearing on several year-end best album lists. She earned her first and second number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 with the remix of her song “Savage” (featuring Beyoncé), and her feature on Cardi B’s single “WAP”; the latter of which was her first number one in several other countries, as well as the Billboard Global 200 chart.
In 2021, Megan Thee Stallion was featured alongside Doja Cat on the remix of Ariana Grande’s 2020 single “34+35”, which reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. She followed this with her debut compilation album Something for Thee Hotties (2021), which reached the top ten on the Billboard 200, and spawned the single “Thot Shit”, which reached the top twenty in the US, and received a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance nomination.
Throughout her career, Megan Thee Stallion has received several accolades, including six BET Awards, five BET Hip Hop Awards, four American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Billboard Women in Music Award, and three Grammy Awards. At the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, she became the second female rapper to win Best New Artist, after Lauryn Hill in 1999.
In 2020, Time named Megan Thee Stallion one of the 100 most influential people in the world on their annual list. Outside of music, she has focused on her education, graduating from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration in 2021.
Megan Thee Stallion is known for her confidence, sensuality, and explicit lyrics. She presents her sexuality throughout her lyrics, videos, and live performances. In an interview with Pitchfork she stated, “It’s not just about being sexy, it’s about being confident and me being confident in my sexuality.” On her Texas rap origins, she told Rolling Stone, “I don’t feel like we ever really had a female rapper come from Houston or Texas and shut shit down. So that’s where I’m coming from.”
Megan Thee Stallion cites her mother as her first and biggest influence. She has considered Pimp C and his 2006 solo album, Pimpalation, an influence since her childhood, admiring his talk-rap delivery and “cockiness”, and stating that she wants to inspire the same confidence that the rapper does through his music.
Other inspirations Megan Thee Stallion has named are the Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim, Queen Latifah, and Three 6 Mafia, and she credits Q-Tip as her mentor. She has said in interviews that when she was coming of age in the 2000s, she would listen to her favorite rap songs from acts like Three 6 Mafia and Pimp C, and ask herself, “How good would this sound if a girl did it?”
She has also been influenced by Beyoncé. In her Grammy Awards acceptance speech with Beyoncé for “Savage”, she said: “Ever since I was little, I was like, ‘you know what? One day, I’m gonna grow up and I’m gonna be like the rap Beyoncé.’ That was definitely my goal. [..] I love her work ethic, I love the way she is, I love the way she carries herself.” In a Teen Vogue interview, she spoke about Nicki Minaj as another influence: “[she] was here before us, so this is who we had to look at, at this time. So, definitely she has been an inspiration to me.”
Megan originated the viral catchphrase “hot girl summer” on social media. It is a derivative of another of her most-known catchphrases, “hot girl”, also derived from “real hot girl shit”. She first used the phrase in a tweet on April 14, 2018. It later appeared on the Fever album cover, which read, “She’s thee HOT GIRL and she’s bringing THEE HEAT.”
Megan Thee Stallion defined the term as “women and men being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up their friends, doing you.”Megan Thee Stallion officially trademarked the term “hot girl summer” in September 2019 after applying for it in July of that year. A song of the same name was released on August 9, 2019.
In addition to “hot girl” and “hot girl summer”, Megan Thee Stallion is known for her signature ad-lib which involves sticking her tongue out, creating a “creaky”, audible “agh” or “blah” sound.
In August 2019, Twitter created an official emoji for this tongue symbol which could be spawned directly after the hashtag “#megantheestallion”. This symbol also inspired the cover art of her EP Suga which was revealed in March 2020.