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Megan Thee Stallion - Good News (Album Review)

Thursday, 26 November 2020 Written by Milly McMahon

Megan Thee Stallion exudes overwhelming confidence, both on her records and IRL. Grabbing the world’s attention once again earlier this year, this time alongside Cardi B with the empowering anthem WAP, Megan warmed us up for the uncensored, high octane charge of her debut album ‘Good News’.

Megan’s rise has been built on hit after hit after hit, with each subsequent record appearing as a building block. WAP ran because tracks like Big Ole Freak, Hot Girl Summer and Savage (reproduced here in all its Beyoncé-featuring remix glory) showed the way.

‘Good News’ pushes a cavalcade of producers and guests—among them City Girls, SZA, Popcaan, Young Thug, Big Sean and 2 Chainz—to hit similar heights, and it stands as 49 minutes of fast-flowing music headlined by a rapper who is fearless, focused and magnetic. 

Dedicated entirely to self-love, gender equality, hedonism and sex, Megan's sense of conviction is unwavering throughout an album that feels like a greatest hits set.

Showcasing her smooth flow over the slick pop bop Don't Rock Me To Sleep, the 25-year-old Texan sings nonchalantly about chucking out a partner and feeling no remorse. Even in her stripped back, vulnerable moments, Megan remains impenetrably strong. Her self belief is unwavering.

The album highlight, though, is the opener Shots Fired. A diss track aimed at Tory Lanez after Megan was allegedly shot in the foot by the rapper, it utilises the sample Biggie repurposed for his 1995 classic Who Shot Ya?. “He talkin' 'bout his followers, dollars, and goofy shit, I told him, ‘You're not poppin', you just on the remix,’” Megan spits before pivoting: “Now here we are, 2020, eight months later and we still ain't got no fuckin' justice for Breonna Taylor.” 

Megan casts a spell from minute one here, owning her own trends in sound and style, and her inimitable attitude creates a beguiling exclusivity. In a year when doubt, depression and struggle were rife the world over, ‘Good News’ is aspirational, a much needed moment of outsized personality, sensuality and hilarity.  

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