Double-edged sword: the album.
Megan Thee Stallion is a household name by now and she has easily already established herself as one of the most polarizing rapstars in recent times and all her success is definitely deserved as she is capable of making hit. Not only is she capable of that but she can also rap way better than her peers, she's easily one of the best female trap rappers out there. Even though there's not much worthy competition, it's still a compliment.
I'd definitely want her to flourish into a much more mature version of herself. She showed immense potential on the opener "Shots Fired" as this track only proves that she can rap about more than just the stereotypical female rapper talk. This one is assuredly a highlight, as she delivers a slick diss track towards Tory Lanez, setting the tone for the whole record in an imposing way. Nevertheless, I'm going to guess she was probably pressured and cornered by her label into rapping about sex for the whole album or maybe she just wants to cash out on her popularity as much as possible as that's what appeals the most to her primary audience. This LP is clearly very mainstream accessible.
When I mentioned that this project was a "double-edged sword" I truly meant it and I perceive that expression to perfectly summarize my thoughts on the LP. There are some bangers on this, and they are more than a handful, in which Megan Thee Stallion showcases her flamboyant personality, her impressive flows and manages to incorporate her provocative bars in an appealing way in order to create captivating songs. These tracks don't totally dominate the album though and most of what's present on it are generic female rapper cuts with very little personality.
Most of the tunes that I consider inferior are not primarly held back by the lack of ear-grabbing performances but mainly by underproduced beats and lazily written choruses. For once on a trap record the production can't be described by the word "generic", but that also doesn't result in it being good. Nearly all of the instrumentals are so skeletal that they really hurt what could've been a great album, during it I found myself thinking in my head, time after time, that a track could've been great if only it had an instrumental of the same caliber along with it. There are even some memorable samples on some songs but rarely do their respective beats carry on the same quality. As for the choruses, I mean, just listen to "Body" and "Movie", you can't tell me those are good choruses. And those are just some examples, they rely on repetitiveness so often and are never introduced in a witty way. There are some inexcusably awful cuts on here.
I was still surprised by some of the versatility shown on "Good News", even if not much, Megan The Stallion delivers a few smooth melodic hooks and they go over very well with matching atmospheric production. "Don't Rock Me To Sleep" was a nice, well sang R&B track.
I don't consider the features to be all that, they are just on the record to match its potential commercial success, as they are all succesful themselves.
Altogether, it's an album with its flaws that delivers a half a dozen of memorable cuts and most of them appear at the end. Cut it in half and it's thoroughly awful.
Favorite tracks: Shots Fired, Circles, Work That, Don't Rock Me To Sleep, Outside, Savage Remix and Girls In The Hood.
Least favorite tracks: Cry Baby, Do It On The Tip, Sugar Baby, Movie, Body, Intercourse and Don't Stop.