• McKinley Conru-Knudson

Album of the Week Review: Megan Thee Stallion Delivers In Her Debut, "Good News"

Updated: Nov 23, 2020


Megan Thee Stallion has had quite a year. From dropping bangers like Savage (and really, the entirety of Suga), to being shot by Tory Lanez (I promise this will be one of the few times where his name is mentioned), 2020 has been tumultuous for the Houston-bred rapper. Megan’s fans, referred to as “hotties,” have helped blow up her career this year, with no sign of slowing down. So, when Megan announced that her first-ever studio album, titled Good News, would drop on 11/20, the internet went into a frenzy. What would it sound like? Who would feature? How many songs would there be? Luckily, there were only 8 days between the album announcement and the actual release. Like the rest of the world, everyone in PB Press was extremely excited for Good News, so we knew we had to do something big.

Enter: The listening party. Special credit goes to PB’s Marketing x Media team, who organized a Zoom release party, for which over 100 people registered to attend! On the day of the event, everyone (this writer included!) arrived ready to party, with LED-lights flashing, twerking tutorials aplenty, and a mix of Megan’s previous hits playing in the background before the clock hit 12AM.

Full disclosure: I am not a Megan Thee Stallion StanTM (cue the gasps). Don’t worry - I am most certainly a fan! But as someone who only knew Megan’s hits, I was a little wary of attending a release party for her album. Megan’s hotties are very cool, and I am not, so I figured I would stick out like a sore thumb. I could not have been more wrong. The entire event was so inclusive and heartfelt and if I dare say it (and I do), cute. Everyone on there was so invested in Megan and so happy listening to her album, it just made me feel all warm and fuzzy (even as I was listening to songs like Intercourse - we’ll get to that in a second).


As it got closer to midnight, the mood grew more electrified, leading up to The Big Moment. It was here. I’ll spare you the summary of the events that ensued, but just know that there was lots of dancing, lots of vibing, and lots of praise for Hot Girl Meg. Keep scrolling to read my thoughts and review of Good News, and be sure to check out the rest of the PB Press website!



I love a good sorter, so I’ve divided the songs into 3 categories:

  1. Eh: Listen if you have the time - Although Megan’s amazing, some songs have gotta be at the bottom. That would be these.

  2. A Bop: The songs that are good, not great. But also, not the worst on the album.

  3. Essentials: Self-explanatory. You just have to listen to them.


Eh


Cry Baby (feat. DaBaby)

I don’t remember much about this song, and I think that sums it up well. DaBaby and Megan’s voices and lyrics blend well together, but was DaBaby really needed on the song in the first place? In my opinion, he didn’t add much to the track, but it also needed him to spice it up. It’s a bit of a Catch-22. It just didn’t feel like Megan or DaBaby brought their A-Game here.


Do It on the Tip (feat. City Girls & Hot Girl Meg)

Anything with City Girls is exciting, and we love a Hot Girl Meg alter ego MomentTM. I really like the beat of the song and Megan’s verse was excellent. That being said, I was a little disappointed that it was less upbeat, and the chorus felt repetitive. But still, all things considered, it’s a good song.


Movie (feat. Lil Durk)

The chat section on the Zoom while this played was my favorite part of the song - is that bad? As listeners encapsulated, this song gave me “sexy felony vibes.” I feel like I would walk into a room dramatically and confront all my enemies while this blasts in the background. Props to the lyric “I’m a boss, I could buy the same thing my man bought” because that is exactly the attitude we need in 2020. The whole thing felt straight out of a movie scene - just maybe not the best scene of the movie, ya feel?


Work That

Look. I wanted to like this. I love the “Rodeoooooooo” that repeats often. At the listening party, everyone was jamming. I was one of them! It’s a catchy song, and I could definitely see it blowing up on TikTok. In the words of Tyra Banks, I was rooting for this song. So imagine my dismay when I see that R. Kelly was credited as a writer on here. I cannot in good conscience give that man a high rating when he’s been accused and arrested for countless cases of sexual abuse. Love you Megan, but that choice didn’t sit well with me.


Go Crazy (feat. Big Sean & 2 Chainz)

This song sounds like the Mega