Tune of the Week breaks down and talks in regards to the track we simply can’t get out of our head every week. Discover these songs and extra on our Spotify High Songs playlist. For our favourite new songs from rising artists, try our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, Megan Thee Stallion reminds us all precisely who she is.
“I don’t care if these bitches don’t like me, ‘trigger, like, I’m fairly as fuck,” Megan Thee Stallion asserts within the opening strains to “Her,” with all of the informal matter-of-factness of a cheerful hour gossip session. However, jokes apart, how might she even have the power to care? Although her constant string of feel-good, booty-shaking anthems — and her astonishing ascent to hip-hop royalty — would have you ever satisfied in any other case, the H-City Hottie’s private life has dragged her by means of hell and again. It’s spectacular sufficient that she will nonetheless rise up straight.
A couple of yr earlier than “Savage” launched her to superstardom, Megan misplaced her mom and grandmother inside the similar month. However turning into a family title actually didn’t make issues a lot simpler: In 2020, Tory Lanez allegedly shot Megan within the foot, a narrative she, understandably, can hardly recount publicly with out crying. She referenced the encounter on that yr’s Good Information, however with an total air of nonchalance — shit occurs, she appeared to say, letting her success communicate for itself.
However bullet wounds go away gnarly scars, and on her new album Traumazine, Megan makes it clear how a lot she’s been harm. “Her” is upbeat, however the place Good Information felt like she was dismissing the ache, the brand new track seems like she’s discovering the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel after she’s lastly processed all of it. “I’m her, her, her, her, her, her, her, her,” she chants within the refrain over one of the vital house-influenced beats Meg’s ever used — it virtually feels tailored for drag reveals or vogueing, a number of the most unfettered declarations of delight.
“Her” overflows with boastfulness, however it’s just about unimaginable to not be on Megan’s facet: “The hate marketing campaign ain’t workin’ in any respect/ I ain’t Jack or Jill, bitch, I ain’t gon’ fall,” she spits. Let’s hope that’s true — however, God forbid she does fall, we all know she’ll be capable to decide herself again up once more.
— Abby Jones