Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” remix featuring Beyoncé is currently sitting at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 after 20 weeks on the chart, and having already peaked at #1. There’s something really special about that record, especially considering Beyoncé is very selective about hopping on other people’s songs. She’ll make exceptions for her friends (Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled) though and Megan Thee Stallion is revealing just how strong their budding friendship really is.
Variety picked Megan are one of the marquee names highlighted in their Power of Young Hollywood issue, where she discussed her next moves in a skyrocketing career, recovering from recently being shot, and of course, the woman to whom she owes her first chart-topping single: Beyoncé.
“In the first five minutes of the conversation, I felt like I’ve been knowing her all my life. She treated me like family, and now I feel like I am family. We talk all the time.”
Part of the Carter family? Talking all the time? I’m going to take Megan’s statements as hyperbole because even if everything I’ve heard about her authentic, incredibly kind personality is true, I didn’t know you could get on Beyoncé’s speed dial in under eight months. Meg and Bey met at Jay-Z’s New Year’s Eve Party. That’s where they had the conversation Megan is referring to. It’s interesting that that quote is the only thing Megan said about Beyoncé. The rapper is new to the game, but she already knows that to stay in the Carters’ circle you speak about them without detail and as infrequently as possible.
Beyoncé, over the last few years, has been flexing more of her rapping skills than she had in a while. Her link-up with Thee Stallion comes six years after she appeared on Nicki Minaj’s “Feeling Myself” — which she used as a soft launch for Beyoncé, the rapper. She’s a smart business woman, but I’m sure there’s also real friendship between her and Meg. Bey was one of the people who sent Megan flowers after she was shot, a shocking incident she says she’s trying not to dwell on.
“I’m not the type of person who can stay down for a long time. I don’t like to be sad or keep myself in a dark place, because I know it could be the worst thing happening, but the pain and the bad things don’t last for long.”
BeyoncÃ© sends a flower composition to Megan Thee Stallion:— Tina Snow Room â„ï¸ (@stallionroom) July 29, 2020
â€œQueen, Sending You All My Love. God Bless, Beyonceâ€ pic.twitter.com/u7j58xGs6k
Next up? She says she wants to release a proper debut album by the end of the summer, but first she’s appearing on Cardi B’s new single “WAP.” So far, it’s unclear what “WAP” stands for but we’re hearing it’s going to be a female empowerment anthem. Cardi’s last few singles haven’t done so hot, so there’s a lot riding on this — it’s the lead single from her sophomore album. The cover art is stunning, and reminds me of the Halle Berry film B.A.P.S., which stood for Black American Princesses. Knowing Cardi "WAP" probably stands for something a little more explicit.
At this point, with Cardi’s personality, she’ll always be famous, but she still needs to prove her music career will last longer than 15 minutes. The label hired one of Beyoncé's go-to choreographers JaQuel Knight (“Single Ladies,” “Formation,” Beychella) for the music video, so I’m expecting production.
Cardi and Megan’s late-in-the-game Song of the Summer entry drops Friday.