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Megan Thee Stallion Is Taking a Break From Music

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Megan Thee Stallion is one of the hottest rappers in the game. After being a local sensation in Houston, she became a superstar, taking home three Grammys this past year, including Best New Artist. After talking to social media, fans thought that “Thee Stallion” might be announcing the release of new music. But instead, “Hot Girl Meg” will be taking some time off to get re-energized, according to Billboard. After going non-stop for the last several years, Meg has earned some much-needed time away. Meg is taking a “Hot Girl Hiatus.”

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The “Savage” rapper shared an animated video of herself in a lab with a computerized message for all of her loyal fans that read: “Megan Thee Stallion is recharging! Due to the demands of the Hot Girl lifestyle has now entered a period of regeneration to prepare for what’s next. ….In her absence; mgmt will manage all social posting on behalf of Thee Hot Girl Coach. [[Thee Hotties]] lead a brave //RESISTANCE in anticipation for the return of their Fearless Captain!”

Meg will need all the rest she can get because she’s coming back full-steam ahead when she returns just in time for music festival season. She’s scheduled to perform at Rolling Loud Miami and Afro Nation Portugal in July as well as Bonnaroo and Parklike, which she’s co-headlining with Disclosure and Dave in September.

RELATED: Grammys 2021: Megan The Stallion Wins Best New Artist

While she gave no timetable for her return, she did say, “I’ll be back when it’s time.”

Check out Megan Thee Stallion’s full announcement below.

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See Megan Thee Stallion Perform ‘Southside Forever Freestyle’ in New Video

Megan Thee Stallion has released the new song “Southside Forever Freestyle” along with an accompanying video. “Happy birthday to me #MeganMonday,” the rapper, who is celebrating turning 26 today, captioned an Instagram post sharing the clip

In the Mike Ho-directed visual, Megan Thee Stallion pays homage to her hometown of Houston, both in the song and via her attire. Sporting a Houston Rockets hat and bikini top, she drops her verses over longtime producers Juicy J and LilJuMadeDaBeat’s beats. “Please bitch, do not try and cap on me/Like I ain’t the hottest out naturally,” she raps. “I go anywhere in my T-shirt and chain, ho, killing shit casually/Like I ain’t the hardest in Houston.”

Last week, she teamed up with Ariana Grande and Doja Cat for the remix of Grande’s “34+35” video. Earlier this month, she dropped the visual for “Cry Baby” featuring DaBaby from her debut studio album Good News, which arrived in November, and in January she shared a Joel Corry-assisted remix of LP track “Body.” Megan Thee Stallion’s Good News followed her EP, Suga, from earlier in 2020.

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Megan Thee Stallion Is the First Female Rapper to Win Best New Artist Grammy in Over 20 Years

Megan Thee Stallion continues to build upon her massive successes of 2020—the Good News rapper won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist on Sunday night.

The only other female rapper to win that same trophy is Lauryn Hill, who won the award in 1999. However, some people—like, say, the voters in the Recording Academy in the late ’90s—might argue that she was a singer who incorporated elements of rap and hip-hop into her music. Hill’s classic solo debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was categorized as an R&B album by the Recording Academy in ’99.

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Megan Thee Stallion performs on the red carpet during the 2019 MTV Video music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019, in Newark, New Jersey.
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As for male rappers, they actually haven’t fared much better in the Best New Artist category. Only three male hip-hop acts have won the award: Arrested Development (1993), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (2014) and Chance the Rapper (2017).

“I don’t want to cry, but first of all, I want to say everybody is amazing. Every artist that was nominated for this award is so amazing,” Megan said, fighting back tears, while accepting the award. “Secondly, I really just want to thank God. Thank you for putting life into my body for me to be able to even be here today.”

Megan finished with a special message to her late mother. “She’s not here with me today, but I know she’s here with me in spirit and she always believed I could do it,” she said.

Fans celebrated Megan’s on social media, including some famous admirers, like rap icon Q-Tip.

Congratulations to my lil sis @theestallion

I love u stalli. Moms is smiling and lighting up the sky for u right now✨✨✨

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) March 15, 2021


Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade also paid his respects.

Of course, plenty of non-famous fans were equally ecstatic.

Megan Thee Stallion had a hell of a year that most people wouldn’t have been able to overcome with as much grace, confidence, and talent as she did.

I don’t want to hear any trash ass takes about it being an “upset.” #GRAMMYs

— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) March 15, 2021


Megan Thee Stallion can now add this prestigious trophy to her already impressive list of accomplishments. The 26-year-old Houston native had one of 2020’s biggest singles with “Savage,” as well as one of the year’s best-selling albums with her proper debut, Good News. She also famously (and infamously) appeared on Cardi B’s single “WAP.” Both the “Savage” remix (featuring Beyoncé) and “WAP” went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, with the latter reaching the top spot on the charts in countries all over the world. In the pre-show to the ceremony, Megan Thee Stallion won Best rap Performance with Beyoncé.

In winning the Best New Artist award, Megan Thee Stallion beat out a slew of acclaimed newcomers: Ingrid Andress, Phoebe Bridgers, Chika, Noah Cyrus, D Smoke, Doja Cat and Kaytranada.

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Megan Thee Stallion Is Helping Her Hometown Houston Rebuild After Devastating Winter Storm

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Megan Thee Stallion attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for dcp)

Megan Thee Stallion is lending a helping hand to her hometown of Houston, following the devastating Texas winter storm that left millions of people without electricity, heat, and water. On Thursday, the rapper announced that she was joining forces with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and the National Association of Christian Churches Disaster Services to help rebuild the city.

Seeing the devastation and hearing the heartbreaking stories that have surfaced, I knew I had to do something to help my hometown,” Megan said in a statement to People. “I am so happy that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the NACC and I aligned on the goal of repairing the homes of the elderly and uninsured single moms who are the most vulnerable and often displaced by these kinds of devastating events.”

Pastor Ortega, with the NAAC Disaster Services, also shared a statement, adding that it was “an honor to join forces with Houston native Megan Thee Stallion to rebuild water-damaged homes.” “Our heart joins hers as we assist those most affected, especially seniors and single mothers,” the statement continued. “We encourage those who can to support our efforts by becoming a volunteer or making a donation.”

Megan is just one of the many stars who have given back to Texas following winter storm Uri. Taraji P. Henson, Maroon 5, and others have pledged to help the city, while fellow Texas-native Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD foundation announced on Instagram that it was working alongside Adidas and Houston disaster relief organization Bread of Life to “bring urgent relief” to fellow Texans by offering up to $1,000 in aid.

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Megan Thee Stallion Partners With NACC, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to Help Rebuild Houston

Megan Thee Stallion has partnered with NACC Disaster Services and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to help rebuild her hometown of Houston, which has been devastated by Texas’ historic freeze, rolling blackouts and water shortages.

The rapper will enlist the help of Fashion Nova, 300 Entertainment, Mielle Organics, Maroon 5, Revlon, The Coach Foundation, Dolce and Gabbana and Taraji P. Henson, as well as additional donors, who have pledged to help her in her efforts. The initiative will launch immediately and continue throughout the next two years.

“Seeing the devastation and hearing the heartbreaking stories that have surfaced, I knew I had to do something to help my hometown“ Megan said in a statement. “I am so happy that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the NACC and I aligned on the goal of repairing the homes of the elderly and uninsured single moms who are the most vulnerable and often displaced by these kinds of devastating events.”

NACC will manage the rebuilding process and provide updates, collaborating with Lee’s office for referrals and from online submissions through www.helpinghoustonrebuild.org. The organization will prioritize aid based on critical need and lottery to ensure fairness of selection. Public adjusters will assess damages and volunteers will remove water-logged materials. Additionally, licensed professionals will address plumbing, electricity and structural repair issues, among other damages.

Megan Thee Stallion joins fellow H-Town native Travis Scott and his organization Cactus Jack Foundation in assisting the city amid the fallout of the storm. Last week, Scott announced a partnership with the City of Houston and Houston Health Foundation to launch an emergency food program providing 50,000 hot meals to residents in need.

“The historic and tragic disaster that was driven by the freeze and lack of preparation of the Texas electric grid caused lives to be lost and families to be displaced,” Lee said. “The collective efforts of Megan Thee Stallion, the NACC and the 18th Congressional District will help restore the lives and hopes of people who suffered from no fault of their own. Our goal is to rebuild and restore these homes, which is imperative for my constituents to feel safe and secure. Thank you to Megan the Stallion and NACC, and I look forward to working with you on this very important project of restoration of people’s homes.”

“It’s an honor to join forces with Houston native Megan Thee Stallion to rebuild water-damaged homes.” Pastor Ortega, with NACC Disaster service, said. “Our heart joins hers as we assist those most affected, especially seniors and single mothers. We encourage those who can to support our efforts by becoming a volunteer or making a donation.”

Megan, who has occasionally called herself “H-Town Hottie,” has often paid homage to her roots. In her cover story with Variety last summer, Megan Thee Stallion said the city and music in her home, such as her mom’s and late Houston hero Pimp C, shaped her as a musician.

Texas’ record-breaking winter storm began in early February, leading Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration on all counties the Friday before Valentine’s Day. Two days later, Texas’ declaration was approved by President Joe Biden, unlocking federal aid, as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas decided to continue on with rolling outages, which it claimed avoided a blackout though it left millions of residents without power for days. Residents were also left without water as a result of low water pressure due to burst pipes, with the state issuing a boil-water notice. At least 58 people have died as a result of the crisis.

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