Megan Thee Stallion has in short order become part of the pop music firmament, a potent blend of personality and power. She won best new artist at last year’s Grammys, her latest album, “Traumazine,” debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard album chart and she’s released big collaborations with Cardi B, Dua Lipa and Future.

But as she’s been ascending to hip-hop stardom, she’s been plagued by noise on all sides. There is ongoing tension and a legal battle with 1501 Certified Entertainment, the local label that first signed her, and public fallout and an upcoming court case related to the 2020 incident in which the rapper Tory Lanez is charged with shooting her in the feet.

On this week’s Popcast, a conversation about Megan Thee Stallion’s musical growth, the power of holding firm to an artistic vision, and the ways in which the public discourse about a musician can be both a detriment to her art, and also its fuel.


  • Mankaprr Conteh, staff writer at Rolling Stone

  • Heven Haile, editorial fellow at Pitchfork

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