Since its release, she has a certified Gold single, a BET Awards nomination for “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” and two mixtapes, yes mixtapes, charting on the Billboard 200. From the start of 2019 it’s been Megan’s year and with Fever, she now has the summer on lock by officially turning it into a '“Hot Girl Summer”. Simply, she’s a strategic genius with bars to match.
Each mixtape showcases her alter egos of the pimp Tina Snow and the college party girl Hot Girl Meg , so I wanted to do a side-by-side review to analyze in-depth the qualities of each project and compare what makes them each personally stand out on their own.
Fan Favorite: “Big Ole Freak”
“Big Ole Freak” is Megan’s first certified Gold single. In interviews and on social media, she has always been vocal about the mission of her music to send across the message to all her listeners for them to feel confident in their bodies/sexuality, take charge of what they want and most importantly have fun. And, the samples of Al B. Sure’s “Nite and Day” Immature’s “Is It Love This Time” is so sonically clever. Megan and LilJuMadeDaBeat have become on of my favorite music duos.
Sleeper Track: “Good At”
We love singing Megan. And, what I love most about this slept on track is that Megan still stays true to what she spits about, but it’s on production that’s not her typical trap, gritty beats that she slides on; similarly to the smooth R&B feel of “Cognac Queen” which are both produced by MCV. She made the track’s vibe clear when she said, “F*ck the club/Where the kickback?” It’s a chill rap version of how Amerie’s “Why Don’t We Fall In Love” makes you feel once the warmth of spring finally hits and rejuvenates your bad b*tch spirit.
On Rotation: “Tina Montana”
If I had to choose one song to play for someone unfamiliar with Megan to prove she’s currently one of the hardest rappers out, it would be “Tina Montana”. Her flow is impeccable on the beat and always leaves me wanting one more verse. (But, an honorable mention is “Freak Nasty” because it’s addictive and the beat drop goes crazy every time.)
Fan Favorite: “Cash Sh*t” (ft. DaBaby)
The collaboration that the people have been waiting for. Not only does DaBaby match Megan’s Southern energy & fly, but also he matches her nastiness. LilJuMadeDaBeat killed it once again with how hard the production goes; it was perfectly created for two of the hardest rappers. Megan, we need a video!
Sleeper Track: “Ratchet”
Megan has another twerk anthem on her hands, with thanks to Prolific Beatz and Lil Ju. “Ratchet” is what Hot Girl Meg is all about which is getting lit, or as Megan likes to say, “Drive da boat!”. Your living room, the club, the gym, you can blast this anywhere and it’s guaranteed to get you turnt.
On Rotation: “Realer”
Intros, especially under the genre of rap, are so crucial when setting the tone of a project. Megan came fully loaded and prepared on “Realer” for what listeners can expect when tuning into her more than solid body of work. I loved that she released it the day before Fever officially dropped because it brought back that excitement in music where your mind lingers on what to expect and you’re genuinely anticipating to hit play and hear the project in its glorious entirety.
Z’s Verdict: Tina Snow
Although Fever is super fun to listen through from top to finish, Tina Snow wins by a margin for feeling more cohesive and the bars that were served on the project have kept me wanting more since its release in 2018. It’s made me so ready for Megan to kick into album mode.
Let me know in the comments below which mixtape you prefer or if you can’t decide!