Megan Thee Stallion will run this summer with her 300 debut, Fever. As one of the most celebrated women in hip-hop, Megan dedicated a portion of her new FADER cover story to point out exactly why her accolades are hard won.
“And then being a girl too—they criticize you harder than they criticize men,” she told writer Lawrence Burney. “If I was out there making little noises like Uzi and Carti be making, they would not rock with that. And not saying that they don’t be going hard, because we definitely finna turn up to both of them, but if it was a chick, like—no.”
What Megan identifies here is the double-standard women in hip-hop face. Their every move is scrutinized and women must rap with double the ferocity of men to be considered, most of the time, half as good.
There is a heavy show-and-prove sentiment that comes with appraising women in rap. Yet, with Megan Thee Stallion, Dreezy, Rico Nasty, Noname, Tierra Whack, Asian Da Brat, and more running this rap shit as we speak, it won't be long until these standards are overturned—for good.