Megan Thee Stallion has opened up about taking control of the narrative on her sophomore album Traumazine and also gave her song “Her” the visual treatment.
The Houston hottie stopped by Apple Music to speak with Ebro and Nadeska about the process behind Traumazine and said her vulnerability on the record came after she got sick of people speaking for her.
“I don’t write songs about how I feel, I write songs about how I want to feel,” Meg said. “So I feel like on this album, it’s probably the first time I figured out how to talk about what I want to say… express myself a little bit more. So that’s just how I’ve been living life.
She continued, “And I feel like it’s been so easy for people to tell my story for me, speak on my behalf because I’m a nonchalant person, I feel like. And people be talking about me and I be like, okay. But like I see now that it can get out of control so I feel like I wanted to just take control of my narrative, take control of my own story. Tell it my way, tell it from me.
“I just don’t be talking about how I really feel in my music. I could never really figure out how to talk about how I felt and still make it sound good. Like, how can I get on here on a beat that I like and talk about something that I might be sad about?”
Elsewhere in the interview, she reflected on the death of her mother Holly Thomas, who passed away from a brain tumor in 2019, and said her death has still shaken her to this day.
“When I would do something good, my mama could say, ‘good job… that was good… we did that,” Meg said. “I feel like by now I’d would have been able to get my shit together when I talk about my momma, but every time I talk about my momma I cannot hold it together.”
She added, “She was just so cool and I just trusted her so much. And her opinion just meant so much to me. And I just feel like when she would say I did a good job, it would feel like, ‘okay, I did that. I did a good job,’ but now when I do, I’m just like, ‘okay, what’s next?’ Because I don’t know if I’m doing that good of a job.”
Alongside the interview, Megan Thee Stallion also dropped off the black and white visual for “Her,” which finds the 27-year-old addressing the very same haters who have tried to slander her name these past few years.
“All this hate givin’ me a pretty face/I eat hate, that’s why I ain’t got a waist/The more hoes hatin’, more money I’ma make,” Meg raps.
Meg added in her interview with Apple Music that despite all these hardships, she’s on the road to recovery.
“We talked about this a little bit earlier and I feel like I’m not doing enough,” Meg said. “That’s probably one of them times. But I feel like it’s okay, like I said, it’s okay not to be okay. I don’t have the answer still. I don’t know how I feel right now. I feel better than I felt six months ago. All of those experiences and all of those emotions I wrote about that already. And now I want to start writing about how I came out of Traumazine. Who am I today? I don’t know yet, but we getting there.”
Check out the video for “Her” below.