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Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Good News’ Is What We Thought It Would Be

The 17-track release gives Megan an opportunity to clear the air on highly publicized moments she experienced this year.

Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a shit show, thankfully Megan Thee Stallion finally released her debut album Good News on Friday after months of teasing. Hotties have been waiting on this moment for quite some time.

No surprise here, the release is stacked with features from the crème de la crème of the industry. That includes DaBaby, Lil Durk, SZA, Young Thug, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, City Girls, and more. The album is equipped with singles she’s been dropping this year like “Savage (Remix),” featuring Beyoncé, “Girls In The Hood,” and “Don’t Stop.” 

Earlier this year, Megan dropped the mixtape Suga and it was met with biting commentary, Good News is filled with stronger songs. The first half of her new release proves that she’s been spending quality time in the studio getting back to her mixtape roots. But we also notice she’s still experimenting with her sound quite a bit.

We decided to break down our favorite songs on the album below. Keep reading to take a look at our thoughts. 

“Shots Fired”: Megan starts her debut album by snatching up Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya” sample. Over the sample, she takes literal shots at Tory Lanez. Her delivery is reminiscent of her work on Tina Snow, this is a strong intro track. Also, it’s worth mentioning, she throws jabs that point to why she decided to stay mum until she was ready to speak after the shooting incident. It’s fitting that she decided to let the music speak for her. 

“Circles”: The bounce inclinations on this track are really enjoyable. For its entirety, Megan really focused on her wordplay. Not only does she tap into feeling like she’s in competition with herself she also touches on how men can be distracting. We can’t quite call the sample that’s used, but it sounds familiar. (It’s actually Jazmine Sullivan’s “Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles.”)

“Cry Baby”: Megan and DaBaby are chasing the feeling that was on “Cash Shit.” This is a good attempt. But, honestly, Meg comes harder than her counterpart. The level of aggression she brings to “Cry Baby” is admirable. The track is sex-positive and it’s a surefire staple on the release. 

“Do It On The Tip ft. The City Girls”: This track is honestly a favorite on the album. JT never disappoints when she’s featured, Yung Miami was also surprisingly uptempo when she delivered her verse. Megan’s delivery throughout the entire song just works. The beat is what makes this track stand out. 

“Sugar Baby”: Webbie’s “Bad Bitch” is a Southern anthem that never seems to age. Over the beat, Megan manages to make the song her own. She flips the script and touches on the messiness that comes with juggling men and having extremely high standards. 

“Freaky Girls ft. SZA”: SZA decided to come out of hiding for this feature that makes this bounce-inspired track a bop. It’s a weird fusion, but Megan is the highlight of the track. The chorus is really, really good. Honorable mentions: “Body,” “What’s New,” and “Intercourse” featuring Popcaan and Mustard.

On the first half of the album, Megan’s sex-positivity bleeds through alongside the elite production she now has access to. The second half of the release isn’t as strong, it makes us wonder why the album is so lengthy. Regardless, Good News is a fitting way for Megan to round out 2020. It’s also a way for her to silence the naysayers who have been questioning if she’s the biggest hip-hop star of the year.

Listen to Good News below.

Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is a Staff Writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind on Twitter at @robyn_mowatt.

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