With its motley mix of slick bops and searing confessionals written straight from her “diary,” Megan Thee Stallion’s newly arrived sophomore album, Traumazine, is a thrilling rollercoaster ride of a listen.
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The 18 track album, which boasts previously released songs "Plan B," the Future-assisted "Pressurelicious," and "Sweetest Pie," featuring Dua Lipa, is split evenly between solo songs and collabs, each with a total of nine tracks. Megan's other collaborators include Key Glock, Latto, Pooh Shiesty, Rico Nasty, Jhené Aiko, Lucky Daye, Sauce Walka, Big Pokey and Lil Keke.
"I feel like they are going to be able to better understand why I am the way I am,” she added, “why I've started to be the way that I am.”
The Houston Hottie further elaborated on during her recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, telling Jimmy she treated the album "more like writing in my diary.”
"It looks like everybody knows me, and they have a perception of me, based on probably what other people say or what they see on the internet or just something that's not me at all," she shared. "And I feel like this time around, I wanted to like let everybody in my head and like, you know, form their own opinion based off of my story. I wanted to take control of my own narrative.”
For a while now, in various interviews, as in the one above, Megan has hinted that she has many dimensions that she’d like to unveil for us. And with her latest studio album, Traumazine, she showed another side of herself, and spoke her truth, while ultimately staying true to herself.
Getting into just a few of the tracks, like the opener “NDA,” Megan comes clean about the downsides that came with her meteoric rise to fame, over a creeping piano riff that transitions into an ominously slinky synthesizer.
On “Not Nice,” Megan fully asserts her FU, no BS attitude, to a harsh beat, dominant bass line, as expected. Rapping, “I’m on my f*** you s***, b****, I'm done bein' nice / and when it come to cuttin' people off, I don't think twice.”
There’s also “Who Me” with Pooh Shiesty, which if we’re betting, is one hundo percent about Tory Lanez. And we’ll just leave these lyrics here and let you decide for yourself — “Ayy, I feel like Biggie, who shot you?/ But everybody know who shot me, b****.”
Meanwhile on “Anxiety,” Megan peels back, expressing her feelings of worry, nervousness and unease in the best way she knows how, by spitting bars over a jaunty keyboard melodic track. “I'm a bad b****, and I got bad anxiety,” she raps, before name dropping “Britney, Whitney” and Marilyn Monroe. Letting her vulnerability show with lyrics like “Y'all don't even know how I feel / I don't even know how I deal / Today I really hate everybody / And that's just me bein' real.” And “bounce back 'cause a bad b**** can have bad days / All I really wanna hear is 'it'll be okay.'”
Meg of course still served up some ratchet tracks we’ve come to expect and ngl need. Like the punchline-packed Rico Nasty-assisted “Scary,” and no doubt soon-to-be strip club anthem “Budget,” featuring Latto.
So yeah basically, Traumazine is straight up mood, and a brand new vibe. Check out the entire album, along with each songs sick visualizer below.