Suga | Megan Thee Stallion

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Suga

Suga is the third extended play by American rapper Megan Thee Stallion. It was released on March 6, 2020, by 1501 Certified Entertainment and 300 Entertainment. It features guest appearances from Kehlani and Gunna. The project's release was preceded by legal troubles between the rapper and the label, following a contract renegotiation attempt, which led to the filing of a temporary restraining order towards the label.-Wikipedia

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  • Pitchfork

    The relatively short project from the Houston rapper reasserts her absolute domination on the mic and takes her to new melodic spaces to mixed effect.  

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  • COS

    Suga is a solid and cohesive EP that showcases Megan Thee Stallion’s unfettered appetite for destruction; she obliterates any beat she comes into contact with without batting an eyelash. Although the majority of the project is an exhilarating listen, its own ambitions prove to be its biggest challenge.  

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  • Variety

    “Suga,” Megan Thee Stallion is mixing the cold hard steel of hip-hop power, with the teasing romanticism of mod R&B — and it looks great on her. 

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  • BET

    The video introduced fans to her previously teased alter ego, which is also named Suga. The video opens with Tina Snow giving Suga a quick pep talk about standing strong in herself before the Tupac-sampled beat drops. Throughout the video, Megan dons multiple luxurious outfits, including a snake-print full bodysuit and black BDSM-esque black halter set as she raps about her refusal to dilute her raw and authentic realness for any potential lover. 

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  • All Music

    The melodic songs aren't good enough, the rap based songs are more of the same.  

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  • Black Boy Bulletin

    SUGA is a solid record. Megan delivered several excellent tracks under immense pressure and less than ideal circumstances and she really proved her fearlessness as an artist on this tape. 

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  • Msn

    Indeed, on “Suga,” Megan Thee Stallion is mixing the cold hard steel of hip-hop power, with the teasing romanticism of mod R&B — and it looks great on her. 

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  • Soul In Stereo

    I certainly get Megan’s appeal – she looks the part and has the charisma to match. But between this release’s brief run time and ultra-repetitive themes, Suga doesn’t capitalize on any of her potential.  

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  • Entertainment

    Hot Girl Meg just dropped her EP Suga, which features assists from Kehlani and Gunna, on Thursday night. The new release comes in the midst of her legal drama with her first record label 1501. 

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  • DCWS

    Megan’s latest album “Suga” was a surprise to me - there were more influences of pop and mainstream, bubblegum hip hop than her past works. The sassy H-town hottie used to be an emblem of Texas, body positivity, and hip hop realness that we haven’t seen since the likes of Lil’ Kim and Remy Ma.  

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  • Morning Dailies

    A week’s worth of grousing between hit Houston rapper-singer Megan Thee Stallion and her label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, over her right to release new music (and a Texas judge granting her a restraining order to do so) is a suitably dramatic setting for “Suga” to drop. 

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  • The Needle Drop

    Megan's foray into autotuned trap balladry on Suga's last few tracks is ultimately the EP's downfall. 

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  • Sputnik

    Dig it.  

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  • Ratings Game Music

    “Ain’t Equal” starts off Suga explosively! For starters, the track features this action-packed instrumental that I could definitely hear Tee Grizzley rapping over (Megan actually sounds like Tee in the song). From there, you get honest bars by Megan in which she mourns her mother and grandmother that she lost in the same month, stiff-arms her competition, and calls out her label. 

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  • Exclaim

    Megan's latest, Suga, introduces a subtle side to the rambunctious hot girl persona, but not one to be mistaken for soft under any circumstances, considering "ni**as say [she] taste[s] like suga, but ain't shit sweet." Luckily, this project is the high energy expected by a mare balancing sugar and spice just in time for the hotties — Megan's fan club — to warm up to for the summer.  

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  • DJ Booth

    The energy “Rich” brings to ‘Suga’ is unmatched, how Megan quickly and efficiently eviscerates the instrumental with her bellowing rap voice. 

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  • The Fader

    Megan’s singing tone is smooth, making the closing tracks on the EP more melodic and melancholic, a complete departure from her signature braggadocious brashness. Megan uses singing as a substitute for expressing vulnerability.  

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  • Refinery 29

    Suga makes her appearance the eponymous EP. The nine-song project drips with a new type of energy from the Houston hottie. In comparison to the rapper's last few works, many of Suga's tracks are slowed down and smoother, songs to vibe to. Megan takes her time on the beat, cruising leisurely on songs like "Savage" and "Crying in the Car." 

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  • Vanity Fair

    This one is just gonna be an introduction to my newest persona. Her name is Suga and Suga basically is just going through it, but she getting through it, she’s just not afraid to say when she’s wrong, she’s making mistakes, and she’s messing up, but she’s still strong at the end of the day. 

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  • Vulture

    Thee Stallion simply couldn’t be tamed. Now, her nine-track album Suga, featuring Kehlani and Gunna. 

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  • The Grape Juice

    Boasting the top 40 single ‘B.I.T.C.H.,’ the EP – once branded her official debut studio album – made its arrival to digital shelves Friday (March 6). Coming as her first full body of work since 2019’s ‘Fever’ mixtape put her on the map, ‘Suga’ will ultimately serve as the Rap diva’s truest test of commercial viability as it follows the success of her breakout hit, the Nicki Minaj-assisted ‘Hot Girl Summer.’ 

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  • Essence

    Named after the rapper’s latest alter ego, Suga includes features from Kehlani and Gunna. Speaking with Ebro for Apple Music, Megan clarified that Suga is a project “not an album.” 

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  • Okay Player

    Arriving with nine tracks, Suga was worth the wait. The intro track “Ain’t Equal” has the same flair that came through the gates swinging on Cardi B’s “Get Up 10” off her debut album Invasion of Privacy. What Megan does on this first song is feed into what her fans were yearning for: her slick wordplay that was on full display on 2018’s Tina Snow.  

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  • Forbes

    Suga is expected to be released on all streaming platforms on March 6th. The EP will feature collaborations from artists such as Kehlani along with Gunna. She isn’t stopping just yet however, fans of Thee Stallion can expect to hear more a lot from the H-Town Hottie now that she’s gaining the freedom she rightfully deserves. 

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  • Hip Hop Dx

    The 300 Entertainment artist’s nine-track project is the follow-up to last year’s Fever mixtape. Kehlani and Gunna make guest appearances on the EP. 

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  • People

    Hot Girl Meg just dropped her EP Suga, which features assists from Kehlani and Gunna, on Thursday night. The new release comes in the midst of her legal drama with her first record label 1501. Megan Thee Stallion released the nine-track project following her May mixtape Fever, later amping up excitement further with the fiery track “Hot Girl Summer” in August. On the EP, Kehlani makes an appearance on “Hit My Phone,” while Gunna raps with Megan on “Stop Playing.” 

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  • Stereogum

    So despite the contentiousness of its release, Suga is in fact here. It was preceded by the single “B.I.T.C.H.” and it features guest spots from Kehlani and Gunna. 

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  • Texas Monthly

    Megan sounds like herself—the punched-up, boastful powerhouse—at the start of Suga, with the opener, “Ain’t Equal.” It’s almost too similar to the Megan we’ve heard before: her flow closely mirrors the approach she used in Tina Snow standout “Freak Nasty.” (“I’m running through your nigga house like the Tomb Raider” is the “Freak Nasty” line that immediately came to mind when “Ain’t Equal” started.) 

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  • Grunge Cake

    ‘Suga’ shows that Megan’s vulnerability, but only for a split-second (‘B.I.T.C.H.’). Stream the nine-track LP that divulges into how people are treating her now that she’s making money, and more.  

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  • Highs Nobiety

    Needless to say, the “Hotties” are loving it, particularly given the Houston rapper accompanied the album with an OTT music video for “B.I.T.C.H.” 

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  • Highs Nobiety

    Needless to say, the “Hotties” are loving it, particularly given the Houston rapper accompanied the album with an OTT music video for “B.I.T.C.H.” 

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  • Nylon

    The Houston Hottie's highly-anticipated EP Suga has finally landed, and the nine-track project (no bloated, 20-song album here, folks!) includes her single "B.I.T.C.H." and collaborations with Kehlani and Gunna. Megan also knows how to keep her fans satiated, and dropped the ultra-glam, Eif Rivera-directed video for "B.I.T.C.H." along with the album. Suga's release came with its fair share of complications. Megan opened up to her fans about the struggles she was experiencing with her label, explaining that 1501 Certified Entertainment was barring her from dropping new music after she had asked to renegotiate her contract. 

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  • Paper

    Overall, Suga is a highly convincing, nine-song dissertation on why Megan is that bitch. But there's also a newfound sensitivity to a number of songs, on which the rapper leans into retro sounds and R&B production.  

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  • NME

    The tracklist, meanwhile, reveals Kehlani and Gunna will appear on the record, with features on tracks ‘Hit My Phone’ and ‘Stop Playing’ respectively. 

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  • Rap Radar

    Keeping it simply sweet, Megan The Stallion officially introduces her alter-ego with her highly-anticipated debut project, Suga. Keeping the LP short with 9 tracks, Hot Girl Meg leads the way with her boss girl hit, “B.I.T.C.H.” and boasts collaborations with Kehlani (“Hit My Phone”), and Gunna (“Stop Playing”). Boss B.I.T.C.H. indeed. 

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  • Rap Up

    The Hot Girl plans to show a more “sensitive” side on Suga, named after her newest persona.  

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  • Hiphop n More

    As a musician she has begun to think about what her younger fans might need to hear from her. On lead single “B.I.T.C.H.,” Megan flips Tupac Shakur’s “Ratha Be Ya N.I.G.G.A.” to open up about a toxic relationship, rapping, “But it’s 2020, I ain’t finna argue ’bout twerkin’.” 

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  • Rolling Stone

    As a musician she has begun to think about what her younger fans might need to hear from her. On lead single “B.I.T.C.H.,” Megan flips Tupac Shakur’s “Ratha Be Ya N.I.G.G.A.” to open up about a toxic relationship, rapping, “But it’s 2020, I ain’t finna argue ’bout twerkin’.” 

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  • Metro

    Suga sees Kehlani hop on the track Hit My Phone, while Gunna joins Meg on Stop Playing.  

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  • Benzinga

    Named after her new alter-ego, SUGA, the project's character namesake exists within the same universe as previous incarnations Hot Girl Meg (from 'Fever') and Tina Snow (from 'Tina Snow'), acting as Tina Snow's best friend. Full of self-assured lyricism and steeped in glamour, SUGA is packed with messages of self-love, independence and female kinship in a statement that will no doubt push the hottie movement to incendiary new heights this year. 

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  • Urban Islandz

    Now that “Suga” has been out for a full week, album sales are in. 43,882 album equivalents sold may sound impressive on paper, but fans – and Megan herself — know that she is capable of so much more. In her defense, the project was dropped suddenly and haphazardly, without any build-up or a record label to promote it. 

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  • Crack

    Suga, the follow-up to last year’s Fever is set to land this Friday (6 March). The tracklist has also been revealed, and the LP features guest appearances from Kehlani and Gunna. Check out the announcement and full tracklist below.  

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  • MTV

    The nine-track project — which Meg has clarified is not her debut album — dropped at midnight on Friday (March 6) and includes collaborations with Kehlani and Gunna, as well as production from Timbaland and Pharrell. 

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  • Hip Hop Wired

    It fits the name of this album is Suga because Megan made sure to keep it short and sweet with it clocking in at 24:33 worth of listening time. That idea seems to be working out for her already because it has already been streamed over a million times on music streaming service Spotify. 

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  • Def Pen

    Featuring 9 songs in total, Suga goes on to feature fellow hit-makers, Kehlani and Gunna, and issues the birth of a new alter ego. 

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  • Hitupange

    Megan Thee Stallion has been working on her debut album Suga for the past few months with Kehlani, SZA, Pharrell and Juicy J being some of the confirmed contributors. 

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  • Ocolly

    If the release of “Suga” means anything, it shows that Meg is here to stay. The EP’s opening track, “Ain’t Equal,” opens up with the line “I lost my mommy and my granny in the same month.” Throughout the track, Meg talks about triumph over adversity and addressing the people who criticize her music and image. The use of sword instrumentals for the song “Captain Hook” completely entrances any listener. Meg’s rapid-fire bars combined with the weaponized beats make for a standout track that will surely be popular with the dance community soon. 

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  • Respect

    Suga, the project’s character namesake exists within the same universe as previous incarnations Hot Girl Meg (from ‘Fever’) and Tina Snow (from ‘Tina Snow’), acting as Tina Snow’s best friend. Full of self-assured lyricism and steeped in glamour, SUGA is packed with messages of self-love, independence and female kinship in a statement that will no doubt push the hottie movement to incendiary new heights this year. 

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  • Brock Press

    As much as Megan has a distinct style, she rarely steps out of this established sound and look. “Captain Hook” sounds unbelievably similar to other tracks of Megan’s. “Rich” on Suga unfortunately also fell into the abyss of Megan-Thee-Stallion’s-songs-that-all-sound-the-same. These two tracks were forgettable and melted together as they lacked distinction in every possible way. The repetitive ad lib of her sticking her tongue out grew incredibly annoying as it appears on almost all of her songs. 

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  • Uproxx

    But where the album truly shines is in getting Meg out of her trunk thump comfort zone and expanding the range of her musical palette. 

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  • The Line Of Best Fit

    However, the rapper’s brazen, unabashed confidence belies the stakes surrounding her second release. Preceded by intense scrutiny of her love-life and followed by a turbulent period of legal trouble with her record label, all the signs pointed towards the all-too-familiar eventuality of a sophomore slump.  

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  • Vibe

    Suga dropped on Friday (March 6), running through nine tracks in under 25 minutes. It’s not the rapper’s best work, but it depicts her developing artistry, failing at new styles while refining what she does best. 

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  • Pop Dust

    And Megan, as Suga shows us, has grown a lot. On the gym playlist-ready "Savage," she spits about avoiding Instagram clothing brands, growing tired of fighting with other girls, and keeping her suitors' identities confidential (although she reminds us with a wink that every man she's slept with is "still attached" to her). "Crying In the Car" gives a hint at what kind of pain Megan has been enduring behind the scenes: "Please don't give up on me, Lord, Lord / Promise to keep goin' hard, hard / All of them nights that I cried in the car / All them tears turned into ice on my arms," she croons over the chorus, leading into closer "What I Need," which takes a big-picture scope at a real-deal love. 

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  • Legends Will Never Die

    For a while I’ve been saying that Megan Thee Stallion is the best female rapper in the mainstream right now (with Rapsody being the best female rapper right now PERIOD) & this just proves my point. There are a few weak spots, but the catchiness of Fever is being quadrupled on here with her best songwriting & instrumental choices to date.  

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  • Tiny Mixtapes

    Rap is an extrovert’s game, but the dynamism that Megan possesses is nearly unmatched. Her verses are absolutely electrifying, packing the heat she sponged up from her favorites. 

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  • Genius

    Suga is Megan Thee Stallion’s third EP and her first full-length release of 2020. The project boasts features from Kehlani and Gunna. 

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  • The Box Houston

    Clocking in at just nine tracks, the project will feature guest appearances from the likes of Kehlani and Gunna, the former being a not so well kept secret since Kehlani was also spotted “driving the boat” with Meg.  

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  • Sound Digest

    “B.I.T.C.H.,” which is set to appear on her upcoming debut album Suga, holds much of the same sentiments of Megan’s recent releases. Following the girl power of the Normani-featuring “Diamonds” (which served as the lead single for the upcoming soundtrack Birds of Prey: The Album), “B.I.T.C.H.” sees Megan continue to demand the respect she knows she deserves. 

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  • Broadway World

    With both 'Captain Hook' and SUGA, Megan Thee Stallion has asserted her dominance on hip hop's main stage. A creative talent that has now established herself as a true polymath, 'Captain Hook' places Megan's unmistakable flow, no holds barred wordplay, ear for production and now deft video direction into the spotlight, forcing those around her to step their game up or get left behind. Thee Houston Hottie is doing it all, and on her own terms. 

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  • Vibe

    Suga dropped on Friday (March 6), running through nine tracks in under 25 minutes. It’s not the rapper’s best work, but it depicts her developing artistry, failing at new styles while refining what she does best. 

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  • Pop Dust

    And Megan, as Suga shows us, has grown a lot. On the gym playlist-ready "Savage," she spits about avoiding Instagram clothing brands, growing tired of fighting with other girls, and keeping her suitors' identities confidential (although she reminds us with a wink that every man she's slept with is "still attached" to her). "Crying In the Car" gives a hint at what kind of pain Megan has been enduring behind the scenes: "Please don't give up on me, Lord, Lord / Promise to keep goin' hard, hard / All of them nights that I cried in the car / All them tears turned into ice on my arms," she croons over the chorus, leading into closer "What I Need," which takes a big-picture scope at a real-deal love. 

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  • Legends Will Never Die

    For a while I’ve been saying that Megan Thee Stallion is the best female rapper in the mainstream right now (with Rapsody being the best female rapper right now PERIOD) & this just proves my point. There are a few weak spots, but the catchiness of Fever is being quadrupled on here with her best songwriting & instrumental choices to date.  

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  • Tiny Mixtapes

    Rap is an extrovert’s game, but the dynamism that Megan possesses is nearly unmatched. Her verses are absolutely electrifying, packing the heat she sponged up from her favorites. 

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  • Genius

    Suga is Megan Thee Stallion’s third EP and her first full-length release of 2020. The project boasts features from Kehlani and Gunna. 

    See full Review

  • The Box Houston

    Clocking in at just nine tracks, the project will feature guest appearances from the likes of Kehlani and Gunna, the former being a not so well kept secret since Kehlani was also spotted “driving the boat” with Meg.  

    See full Review

  • Sound Digest

    “B.I.T.C.H.,” which is set to appear on her upcoming debut album Suga, holds much of the same sentiments of Megan’s recent releases. Following the girl power of the Normani-featuring “Diamonds” (which served as the lead single for the upcoming soundtrack Birds of Prey: The Album), “B.I.T.C.H.” sees Megan continue to demand the respect she knows she deserves. 

    See full Review

  • Broadway World

    With both 'Captain Hook' and SUGA, Megan Thee Stallion has asserted her dominance on hip hop's main stage. A creative talent that has now established herself as a true polymath, 'Captain Hook' places Megan's unmistakable flow, no holds barred wordplay, ear for production and now deft video direction into the spotlight, forcing those around her to step their game up or get left behind. Thee Houston Hottie is doing it all, and on her own terms. 

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  • DBK News

    Megan Thee Stallion is back, ad-libs and all, on not only a new project but with a new persona. On her debut album, Suga, she ponies out a woman of the same name.  

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  • Opinionated

    Solid flow, as usual, she touches on the loss of her mom and granny in the first sentence, then bam we slide back into the same old Megan. We are back at the club, talking about her pussy, this and that and well it’s pretty much repetitive. That’s pretty much the whole EP’s vibe. 

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  • News Break

    Megan Thee Stallion is making her Suga era one to remember. Less than a week after dropping a music video for her single, “B.I.T.C.H.,” a second single off the album is getting the music video treatment as well. On Tuesday (Mar. 10), a visual arrived for the fan-favorite track, “Captain Hook.” The music video came with a clear message for anyone trying to get in the way of The Stallion: she runs the show. 

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  • Northern Soulers

    One minute, Megan thee Stallion – arguably the hottest female rapper in mainstream hip-hop at the moment – was set to drop her latest EP/LP/album/playlist whatever they’re called these days. 

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  • Celebrity Hub

    Crafting anthems around those same skills is her signature: a talent not to be taken lightly considering how even and un-dramatic many hip-hop and pop hits have been since 2018. Megan Thee Stallion has a way with finding the histrionic within the deceptively simple. And on this newest album, she moves mountains through the aegis of “Suga” as something of an alter-ego, with the production aid of The Neptunes, Helluva, Lil Ju, Timbaland, J-White, Tommy Brown and more. 

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  • News Jack

    Indeed, on “Suga,” Megan Thee Stallion is mixing the cold hard steel of hip-hop power, with the teasing romanticism of mod R&B — and it looks great on her. 

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  • Edge Music

    Love this album. Favorite song is Savage of course. Looking forward to more music from THEE STALLION.  

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  • Dankanator

    We are so happy for the talented rapper and how she came out on top despite the hurdles she faced. We love her rap and we can now enjoy it once again. More power to you, Megan. 

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  • Izod News

    The nine-track project — which Meg has clarified is not her debut album — dropped at midnight on Friday (March 6) and includes collaborations with Kehlani and Gunna, as well as production from Timbaland and Pharrell.  

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  • H Wing

    Megan uses the moment to level up as an increasingly important voice of female empowerment and at the same time remind us how easily she can traverse some of the most beloved sounds of contemporary rap. 

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  • Flipboard

    The Hot Girl plans to show a more “sensitive” side on Suga, named after her newest persona. Something a little deeper. 

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