One of 2019’s hottest Hip Hop artists, Megan Thee Stallion garners a cover of The FADER’s Summer Music issue. Senior Editor Lawrence Burney traveled to her native Houston just as Megan prepares for her biggest headlining hometown show and before the release of her major label debut Fever to talk about her unsteady but tenacious rise to fame.
In the interview Megan speaks about being inspired by her mother, a known local rapper, and her mom’s freestyle DVD’s that she watched growing up, how icons like Q-Tip and Pimp C’s family sought her out, her first-ever rap performance at a strip club, and her plans for using her college degree.
Megan also speaks openly about the shocking loss of losing her mother this year to cancer, and how she uses her mother’s strength in spirit to carry on. Read the cover story here
Check out key quotes from the story below:
Megan on her mom’s advice for her bullies in school:
“I finally told my mom, and she was like, ‘Look Megan, fuck them hoes. They don’t like you ’cause they hating on you.’ So I went to school the next day, you know when yo’ mama give you the green light, you go all out. Ever since then, I been turnt up.”
On the double standard she sees in the industry today:
“And then being a girl too ‘they criticize you harder than they criticize men,’ she says. “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.”
Q-Tip on supporting her rise in music:
“She’s just an amazing MC…She’s barred out. Some people may think her stuff is just over sexualized, but it is her approach to it. It’s her tact with it. It is very innovative to me ‘especially to see a young woman like herself being in a position of standing in her power, to stand in her royalty and never let that be shaken. It was just something in her that I really love.”
Megan on her mom inspiring her to be strong, even after her passing:
“My momma wasn’t a weak person and she wasn’t a complainer. So I don’t wanna be like that…No matter what I’m going through, I still want to keep going,” she continued. “Just to show people you can still be strong and you can still face your everyday life. Even when everything coming down on you. I didn’t cancel none of my shows ’cause I just knew. I know, how my momma is, and I know she wouldn’t want me to stop.”
That’s not all. The FADER also put out a short documentary on Megan, which you can watch below.