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Houston’s Megan Thee Stallion is currently gracing the cover of The Fader‘s 2019 Summer Music issue.

In the issue, the “H Town Hottie” talks about how she got the courage to showcase her rapping skills while she was in college.

“When you go to college you can just be whoever you wanna be. So I got there and I’m like, Yeah, I’ma rapper,” Thee Stallion said. “One day I was at this party, and these dudes was freestyling and I was like, I could rap, and they was like, No you can’t.” Megan says she dropped a couple bars for them to show off her stuff. “They was like Oh! So then everybody around school knew me as Thee Stallion. And she could rap.”

Hot Girl Meg also discussed how the rap game has changed in regards to the way that today’s rappers flow.“Like, we not rapping no more?,” Megan Thee Stallion asked rhetorically before talking about the double standards in hip-hop culture.

“And then being a girl too — they criticize you harder than they criticize men,” she said. “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.”

Last Friday (May 17), Megan dropped her debut album, Fever, and the Houston rapper is also a part of Live Nation’s Femme It Forward tour.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.