Megan Thee Stallion wants Black women to speak up and “demand more”

Since the start of Megan Thee Stallion’s career, she’s been known for her raunchy, braggadocious lyrics about women’s sexuality and their power in the bed. Whether through “Don’t Stop” or her “WAP” collaboration with Cardi B, she provides the women’s perspective of the Juicy J and Three 6 Mafia songs she groups up listening to.

Her daring spirit and self-assuredness — instilled in her by her mother and two grandmothers — is what she hopes to pass on to her women fans so they can reclaim their power in all aspects of life.

“I want Black women to be louder. I want us to be sassier. I want us to demand more, be more outspoken, keep speaking and just keep demanding what you deserve. Don’t change,” she said during a recent interview with GQ.

Megan — whose rapidly developing rap career was briefly tainted when she was shot by Tory Lanez — had her moments where she questioned herself and her actions, most recently the moments she held her tongue back to protect others. She told GQ that she wished she would have trusted her first mind to get another way home on the day of the shooting, but understood that like many Black women, she withheld the truth from officers in fear that their arrival could suddenly turn into another incident of police brutality. But she doesn’t want to be apologetic for her feelings or for standing in their truth.

“Grow from these situations. Don’t be beating yourself up about these situations, because that’d be a lot of problems too,” said Megan. “I feel we keep this stuff in, and there’s some kind of way we flip it on ourselves. We didn’t fuck up—We didn’t do something wrong, and it’s like, ‘No, girl, relax. You just needed somebody to come stir the Kool-Aid.”

To Megan, Black women are amazing not because she says so, but because they’ve always been. As an acclaimed rapper with a huge platform, she’s called for their protection, but she’s taking it upon herself to also remind and inform them of their innate beauty and power. 

“Even if it’s me rapping or if it’s me having a conversation with somebody, I’m going to make you feel like you are that bitch,” she said. “Because you’re already that bitch—you somehow just need it stirred up for you. It’s like, when you put the Kool-Aid in the water and it all fall to the bottom. But when you mix it up with the sugar, now it’s Kool-Aid. You just need somebody to stir it up for you. That’s me.”

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