BALTIMORE, MD –
She tricked me.
I stood over my white top counter as the coffee dripped into my black coffee maker. My iPhone speakers were finally blaring Suga. I wanted to hear it at midnight on the day of its release, but I wanted to listen to it with a completely clear mind.
Sounds perfect for a beautiful Saturday morning in Baltimore.
She tricked me with the opening number “Ain’t Equal”. I blogged earlier this week about how bad I wanted to hear Meg’s story on this project. “I lost my mommy and my granny in the same month,” Stallion opens the album. I for sure thought that we were headed down a musical journey of lyrical depth and storytelling.
She tricked me.
The Suga album was honestly one that I could have skipped. As I say all the time, Megan is a sweetheart. She’s hungry, ambitious, and at her core I feel like she wants to represent for women. In fact, she’s been on record saying how much she wants to devote herself to empowering women. I love that!
To be honest, I even love when the music gets NSFW. My only gripe is that as an adamant music lover, I can’t help but want to hear Megan’s story but she didn’t deliver that on Suga.
By the track.
Unfortunately, Cardi B’s “Get Up Ten” makes everyone else’s “Dreams and Nightmares”-ish intro feel like getting a big Amazon package for a small little wristband. That was a lot but if you get into the album, you’ll feel it. Again, the opening line is worth cheering for but it’s downhill from there.
“Savage” sounds good, sonically. Great post-production and a mesmerizing beat that bops under Meg’s tone. Lyrically, it may hit home for women but nothing was really memorable. I can surely appreciate the collective work but I think it would have delivered if the intro was a better lead-off or if “Savage” wasn’t track two. Interested to hear some opinions on that track.
I thought (and still kind of think) that Saweetie was on “Captain Hook”. But nonetheless, Meg can flow. She definitely took a sub-high tempo beat and showed her versatility. Not to mention, she was talking that talk. I can say that I enjoyed this record near the top of ranking the songs on the album. With a better intro, this could have served beautifully as track two. Could be a single. Again, the sex talk is unavoidable at this point, but just based simply on her lyrical abilities, this is good.
We headed west on “Hit My Phone” featuring Kehlani; a trip that I always enjoy. Especially, if Kehlani is involved (bae #4). The dynamic between the two artists is worth the two and half minutes. It’s another party record but I give Meg kudos for seeking a different vibe. Instead partying with her in ‘H-Town’ for what feels like eternity sometimes, we partied with her out west. Cool little change of scenery but I’m still a little partied out.
We play “B.*.*.*.h” three million times on the radio. Next.
“Rich” was decent and finally brought a little substance to the album. It probably won’t make radio (which is often times good), but she’s basically laying out the facts of how she went from a college student trying to make it, to a college student who made it. Oh, and apparently she’s got millions to prove it. Sure, she’s boastful about it but at this point, I’ll take it.
I liked Meg’s flow on “Stop Playing”. I also enjoyed the dynamics of her and Gunna together with a different tempo track than what we’re used to. I don’t really subscribe to the idea of thinking about what others are thinking. Well, I mean, ok. I do. We all do, actually. But I don’t want to think about that. I don’t really want us to do that either because I understand that wherever we are headed in life, we won’t get there if we’re worried about “flexing” for others. With that being said, the lyrical nature of the record was pretty much non-existent, but from the aspect of music sonics, it was ‘ok’.
“Crying in the Car” is the one. I love this record (minus the auto-tune). This record is my favorite and is the lyrical substance that I think can bring something positive to someone’s life. She details how she used to spend nights crying in the car before she made it big. We’ve all experienced those sad moments to ourselves and it’s quite refreshing to hear that she has experienced them as well. Thank you for this one, Meg. Really happy to see your glow up!
I like “What I Need” too. It’s one of those young love records that we all can relate to. I really adore the lines about how she’s happy to have had someone who understands that she’s a “big baby” sometimes. Although it sounds like this love is something from the past, I do appreciate her taking the time to bring us into that relationship arena. It’s true, sometimes we don’t know what we have until it’s gone. It sounds like one of the parties (her or her ex) may have realized this a little too late. But Meg knows that you still want it.
Let’s wrap this up. I’m trying to go play Madden.
Seems like Meg saved the best for last but I hope that she doesn’t put out any more music for a while. We are on overload and I don’t want to risk her experiencing the same fate that DaBaby is experiencing: artist burn-out.
Meg, we love your flow and your delivery but in order to protect those talents, you’ve got to let us miss you. Nonetheless, congratulations on all of your success and I wish you the best with promoting this album. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you soon when you come back around the way.
Note: Updated March 7th. Original post is below.
Megan Thee Stallion has (kind of) announced her next album SUGA. The album is set to release Friday (May 6th).
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) March 4, 2020
The 9-track project features Kehlani and Gunna and I hope that Juicy J is behind the production. She’s a sweetheart and I can honestly say that seeing her live last year was a good experience. It was fun. But I do worry whether we’re getting too much music from her right now.
However, no matter what I think; the music is coming out and I am looking forward to seeing one thing; growth.
The true Megan Thee Stallion, please.
I love Meg’s style and her voice. Not to mention she’s got one of the tightest flows in the game. She can attach herself to a beat like none other.
What I am looking forward to the most is hearing how much Meg let’s us into her life. Better yet, let me rephrase that. I’m curious to meet Meg’s demons.
For me, music that lasts forever is the music that you can feel the artist wrestling with something. No matter the genre, we can feel when the music has healed the artist. We can also feel when it’s party time and that’s fine. That’s been her gambit since she came into the game so I wouldn’t want her to venture too far from herself.
But man, I swear it would be an unforgettable moment to press play on Friday and hear her talk about fighting her demons. Meg, you never know who is fighting those same things.
That’s the power of music. It makes us all feel better.