In her songs, Megan is direct and unfiltered, sparing no detail of her sexual conquests, which, in contrast to the slowed-down swing that Houston pioneered, she recounts with electrifying pace and precision. In addition to Pimp C, Megan counts the lyrics of Notorious B.I.G. and Three 6 Mafia as influences; when I bring up how those artists could sometimes exude sexism in their music, she agrees. “When I’m listening to them, I’m like, This would be really live reversed,” she explains. “I really feel like if men can talk this much shit, women can too.” Indeed, when Megan raps, “Everything ‘bout me poppin / Got face, I got body, you name it, I got” on “Cocky AF,” she means it. There’s little difference between how self-assured Megan is in her music from how she is in person.Talking to her feels like catching up with an old friend. [The FADER]

Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion deservedly picked up buzz last year for her Tina Snow project (the above quote is from a FADER profile published not long after its release), and she's continuing to drastically rise. Later last year she became the first female rapper to sign to 300 Entertainment (Migos, Young Thug, etc), and she just dropped the video for "Big Ole Freak," which has quickly turned into her breakout song. Its hook is arguably the most fun, catchy, and undeniable hook that Megan has written yet, but not at the expensive of the aggressive, hard-hitting bars that Megan built her reputation on. It's already a big moment for Megan Thee Stallion, and it's sure to only become a bigger one, especially now that it has the approval of fellow Houston native Solange:

Megan is planning to keep the momentum going and release her new project Fever this year. She told HipHopDX, "I’m not sure if I want to give a release date. I always liked to surprise my audience. It’s coming out really soon." And talking about what it might sound like, she added that it would sort of be the flip side of the coin to Tina Snow. "I definitely wanted to bring the cold to the summertime [with Tina Snow]… with Fever I’m looking to bring that heat to the winter." While you wait for Fever, watch the "Big Ole Freak" video and stream Tina Snow below.

She also has some upcoming live dates, including SXSW in Austin. She also plays Silver Spring, MD with Saweetie beforehand and Dallas' 97.9 The Beat Spring Fest with DaniLeigh and Asian Doll afterwards. No word on other dates just yet, but possibly more TBA. For a taste of her live show, watch some Instagram videos of her recent Norfolk show below.

Megan Thee Stallion -- 2019 Tour Dates
3/7 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD w/ Saweetie
3/11-16 SXSW Austin, TX
3/31 97.9 The Beat Spring Fest Dallas, TX