Megan Thee Stallion is not here to compete with Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, or anyone else for that matter. She’s just out here doing her own thing.
In a recent interview with i-d, Megan got real about being in the industry and fierce competition. Was it getting to her? Absolutely not. She explained,
“I just don’t give a fuck about competition. It’s not that serious. You know how many men make music without biting each other’s heads off? Why do we have to do that? There’s room for everybody. I really couldn’t care less what the next girl’s doing. If she’s shining, that’s good. It’s not taking away from my light.”
It’s clear from the rest of Megan’s interview that her laid-back attitude comes from her sheer, natural confidence. She told the magazine,
“I always thought I was the shit because my family always told me that I was, so can’t nobody tell me no different. If you wake up every goddamn day and your mama is telling you, ‘Oh my God, you’re so beautiful. You’re so amazing.’ That’s what you’re going to believe.”
“I’m just naturally a bad bitch, you know?”
Music feuds, particularly ones between women, are like catnip to the media. Cardi vs. Nicki, Taylor vs. Katy, Azaelia vs. Iggy – the internet pretty much eats it up.
It’s the reason why Taylor and Katy’s big reunion in Taylor’s “You Need to Calm Down” music video made headlines. It’s why a simple tweet from Nicki can send Twitter into a frenzy.
Of course, male artists have just as many feuds but female fights have always been treated differently. It’s as if we’re expected to fight, even perhaps, encouraged.
And sadly, it’s understandable. We’re taught from such a young age that, while there can be many men at the top, there can only be one woman. And we’re all expected to claw our way there, no matter how it affects other women.
But, hopefully, that’s all going to change with the latest crop of musicians. Wasn’t it Lizzo, after all, who sang, “If I’m shinin’, everybody gonna shine”?
Let’s put an end to the pettiness. Because there’s room for all of us at the top, especially if we help each other get there.
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