Megan Thee Stallion talks overcoming gender biases within the hip hop industry in a new interview with Fader magazine.
When it comes to being a woman in any professional line of work, there are certain obstacles women typically endure that the opposite gender won’t have to. Up and coming rapper Megan Thee Stallion has beat her own set of odds, but acknowledges that her talent as a rapper is measured quite differently in comparison to her male counterparts. In particular, the current “mumble rap” trend is one the H-town hottie says is tiring, and a movement female rap artists can’t easily lean on.
“To see that it changed from something that I love so much to what’s going on right now really blew my mind,” she said. “Like, we not rapping no more?” Megan questioned. As a rapper who takes pride in delivering hard-hitting lyrics in her music, Megan says the new wave of rap is disappointing. “To see that it changed from something that I love so much to what’s going on right now really blew my mind,” she said. “Like, we not rapping no more?” In addition, Megan says the industry is much more critical of female rappers.
“Being a girl too—they criticize you harder than they criticize men,” she explained. “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.”
Nevertheless, the 24-year-old says she will stick with the classic hip hop style she was raised on. The songwriter also shared how she used to freestyle in college. “When you go to college you can just be whoever you wanna be. So I got there, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ma rapper,'” she recalls. “One day I was at this party, and these dudes was freestyling, and I was like, I could rap, and they was like, ‘No you can’t.'” Megan says she spit a couple of bars in an attempt to prove them wrong. “They was like Oh! So then everybody around school knew me as Thee Stallion. And she could rap.”
Thee Stallion’s debut album #Fever was released on May 17 and has received widespread praise.