Megan Thee Stallion is a success and it’s is clearly a threat to the male ego
Earlier this week, infamous non-journalist and man with a podcast Joe Budden came for Megan Thee Stallion by making heinously false claims that she is not a rap superstar. On his loud and wrong podcast he stated, “She ain’t sold shit.” As if it already wasn’t bad enough that a disappointed mother’s dirty basement dweller also known as DJ Akademis made false tweets about DNA evidence in her case against Tory Lamez. It’s been a rough week for the Hottie, to say the least. But for Joe Budden to get on his platform and spread blatant lies about an artist that’s made major contributions is, egregious, as Steven A. Smith says, and here are the reasons why:
1. Megan Thee Stallion is the Queen of the Internet
Megan Thee Stallion is one of the most talked-about hip-hop artists on the Internet. In 2021 alone Cognac Queen was one of the top 10 most used sounds on TikTok and in 2020 she was TikTok’s most listened to artist.
2. Her streaming numbers are astronomically high
Meg has over a billion streams on Spotify alone, which isn’t surprising considering TikTok sets the precedent for streaming numbers. And being that Megan is one of the most talked-about Hip-Hop artists on the internet this isn’t surprising. But the argument made that Megan doesn’t sell albums is absured to me for various reasons. One is the fact that her mixtape, Something for the Hotties, sold 33K albums in its first week which, is more than the 22.5K Culture III by the Migos sold in its first week. Let’s be real, in the age of streaming record sales don’t matter anymore. Especially, when it comes to the success and popularity of musicians and artists of today. I mean hello kids when was the last time you went out of your way to go to a store and buy a CD?
3. Megan has a dedicated stan base
The Hotties are not to be played with and will troll your entire life if you talk about Meg disrespectfully. Most “superstars” that these hip hop old heads don’t have an iota of fandom that Megan has. And when you really think about it, people that are categorized as superstars all have a committed fanbase.
4. Her musical resume is impressive to say the least
Megan has collaborated with some of the most iconic and mainstream artists and artists in the game before gaining mainstream attention. From Juicy J to Gucci Mane to Nicki Minaj, Megan has created musical magic with these other artists that put her on the map prior to bringing a brand ambassador for Revlon. And how can you forget Savage, a FEATURE from Beyonce? Remember, Beyonce doesn’t just work with any newbie.
5. She is THAT girl in the marketing world
Aside from the fact that Black women start damn near every trend in fashion and beauty, Megan has become a personality beyond a music career. She’s been able to lock down multi-million dollar endorsements and brand deals with Revlon, Fashion Nova, Savage x Fenty and more. The girl is an influencer marketer’s dream.
Instead of coming up with excuses for your shortcomings as an artist in a rapidly changing industry, maybe cis straight male artists need to step their pussies up when it comes to making music that sells in a world of steaming and virality. Remember kids you’re only as great as your last hit because do you remember Joe Buddens?