Okay I know it’s been a while, and what better way to say “I’m back again!”, than to let you know what I think about the official anthem for us hot girls, which has finally dropped just this morning. So because it’s been so long, I’m going to do what I can to make it abundantly clear that the words which will follow are not hate at all.
I’d just like to start this out by saying I love Megan Thee Stallion. I love her music, I love her persona and everything that she’s about. This big ole freak came through swinging onto the scene with her debut song and we haven’t stopped loving her since. Megan has impressed me more than any other female rapper I’ve grown to love by far, just because she set the bar so high from the very beginning. I think by now we all know that we females love a woman who is so unapologetic-ally herself and just gives zero fucks. But one thing we all admire about Megan is that whilst her image is so raw and sexy, none of what she’s about says that it is for the attention of other men. It’s all about feeling confidently sexy in yourself as a woman, an empowering movement which introduced the rise of Megan Thee Stallion and the birth of our Hot Girl Summer.
So for those of you still stuck in Cold Bitch Winter, having a Hot Girl Summer is all about enjoying yourself and living your best life, just generally being the life of the party and enjoying yourself, and not giving a fuck what other people say in the process. This is the mantra that Megan Thee Stallion completely embodies; no matter what day of the year, whenever she’s out she always looks like she’s having a Hot Girl Summer.
Anyone following Megan would have been aware that her single Hot Girl Summer was finally supposed to drop on Friday 2nd August. But suddenly, shortly after a FaceTime call between the hyped Nicki Minaj and the gassed Megan Thee Stallion began circulating everywhere, she announced that she would be pushing her release date back to Friday 9th August. The general consensus amongst Meg fans was that this had to mean Nicki was hopping on the track, and I only had to watch a couple of Rumour Reports on The Breakfast Club to confirm that this was in fact the case. Hot Girl Summer was going to be featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. Well that in itself set the bar high, which was a perfectly reasonable reaction with any new Megan Thee Stallion single at this stage. But considering that our anthem, which was now so close yet so far away from our outstretched fingertips, would now feature Nicki Minaj, a female icon many consider the current Queen of Rap? Yes, this was definitely a release to await eagerly.
However it is with a heavy heart that I must admit, I did face disappointment this morning. I wasn’t 100% sure about the short snippet that I’d heard on The Breakfast Club a few days ago, but I reserved my judgement then because the sample was really only a few seconds. I hate it to say it, but unfortunately Hot Girl Summer just didn’t do it for me. If I’m going to be completely honest, the song wasn’t bad at all. But as I mentioned, the bar has already been set pretty high, as it should be considering it is a feature between Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj, contrasting flows tied together with the melodious bars of Ty Dolla $ign. Let me just be clear, Megan is one of the reasons why in my previous paragraph I referred to Nicki Minaj as “a female icon many consider the current Queen of Rap” instead of just calling her the Queen of Rap. It is because today’s female rappers are taking not just hip hop music, but all genres of music, to a completely different height. The likes of Cardi B, Lizzo, City Girls, Kash Doll, Saweetie and Megan Thee Stallion, amongst others, have been a huge contribution to this fact, and there’s no denying it. I don’t quite know if I’d say that any of them are ready to take the crown from Nicki, but at the very least the order of who’s next in line may need to be re-established.
Anyway I say all this to explain that I really did not enjoy the absence of the feeling that I wanted to jump off the sofa and twerk my ass off as soon as I heard Hot Girl Summer for the first time. Then when I had barely tapped my foot to the beat hearing it the second time, and only started to perk up slightly when hearing it the third time, I knew that it hadn’t done what it should have done. This should have been the tune that I was listening to on repeat as I was writing this, because I was just that obsessed with it. The tune that would make me go fucking crazy if it drops later tonight when I’m out. A song we could put on our pre-drinks playlist and blast in a couple weeks as we get ready for carnival and get lit at the same time. But no, no ladies, it’s not that tune. Well, not in my opinion anyway. Like I said, the song is okay. But that is the best thing I can honestly say to describe it…”It’s okay.” It’s not giving me Hot Girl Summer vibes, more like Lukewarm Girl Summer vibes. But I don’t want a Lukewarm Girl Summer, thank you very much. I was very much enjoying the entry level vibes of our Hot Girl Summer. As I mentioned, Carnival is still a couple of weeks away. At best, this will be the tune you’ll throw on for a minute, before you get it popping with the real twerking favourites. But even in that case, what’s better than a little Bodak Yellow to set the vibes?
What I’m trying to say, in my very special long-winded ramble, is that this single is one I had already prepared to love. But it just didn’t give me everything I wanted or expected. It didn’t showcase anything anywhere near either Megan or Nicki’s real abilities, and I barely remembered Ty Dolla $ign was in it throughout. Although I can’t say that I don’t like the song, I would definitely say that out of all the Megan’s songs that I do like, it is the one I like the least. As for my favourite Nicki Minaj features, this one wouldn’t even make it onto that list.