While Megan Thee Stallion has been encouraging us all to have a “Hot Girl Summer” it was admittedly hard to do without an official theme song to turn up to. Megan/Tina Snow/Todoroki Tina finally gave us the gift we’ve been waiting for with her newest track “Hot Girl Summer”!

The track, which comes in at just over three minutes is the summer anthem we needed back in May. Stalli however, made this song worth the wait by linking up with one of the greatest rappers to ever do it Nicki Minaj. The song itself is an ode to what Stallion has been telling her “Hotties” to do since stepping on the scene and that is to have fun and be unapologetically yourself! The song also bodes a chorus from the slept on king of melodies, Ty Dolla $ign.

The song is not Stallion’s best outing as there are plenty of songs in her repertoire that easily body this…but that’s not the point. The point is for this to be a fun-loving song about having a good time however you deem necessary and that point comes off loud and clear in the lyrics. “Handle me? Who gone handle me? Thinkin’ he’s a player, he’s a member on the team.” Seriously, who doesn’t want to play men this hard right now?

The song came after a live stream that featured both Megan and Nicki showing their mutual love and support for each other. This of course sent the internet on a frenzy because so many people were waiting for the day these two baddies would link up. But for Stallion this conversation is another on a long list of link ups we’ve been seeing lately. The interactions, mainly captured on video and posted to social media, often show her and her famous “hotties” driving the proverbial boat by taking a shot of Dusse straight from the bottle as Stalli pours it. The list includes SZA, Kehlani, Kamaiyah, Maliibu Miitch and who can ever unseen Stalli shaking her ass while Lizzo played Too $hort and Lil Jon’s “Shake That Monkey” on the flute????

This collaboration with Nicki showed that not only is Megan respected by her peers and predecessors but that she is here to enhance female artistry in a way that we haven’t seen in a long time. The camaraderie she shares with fellow women in the industry is so pure in fun loving that it is hard to hate on. Women in music, especially the women who are rappers, are no longer competing with each other but instead trying to get everybody fed. This notion is breaking down the stereotypes that women have to tear each other down in order to be on top, when in reality there’s enough room on the mountain for everyone.

Having a “Hot Girl Summer” has progressed from an internet movement to a real life tangible goal. Stallion and Minaj became the first woman duo to have a #1 song on iTunes. If they manage to grab the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 they will also be the first black female rap collaboration to go #1 in history.

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