Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Suga’ is the rapper’s third EP and contains within it her hit single ‘Savage’. In the project, Megan unabashedly embraces herself and her sexuality. This much is clear from the EP’s very first track – ‘Ain’t Equal’ – where Megan refers to herself as “a born leader” and declares “Bitch, you know your favorite rapper could never keep up with Megan”. This confidence continues to shine through on second track ‘Savage’ (“Bitch, I’m a savage, yeah / Classy, bougie, ratchet”) and on third track ‘Captain Hook’; an unapologetically sexual, explicit track that is definitely not safe for work.
Megan also heavily references her other hit single – ‘Hot Girl Summer’ – and her alter ego ‘Hot Girl Meg’ almost to the point of tedium on this album – doing so on four of this project’s nine tracks. However, Kehlani’s feature on ‘Hit My Phone’ is a highlight on this album – offering a welcome change of pace from the rest of the EP’s sound, while also being cohesive to the rest of the record.
The lyrical content on this record feels somewhat unremarkable in places. At times, the lyrics on this record feel uninspired (“I’m lit like a match”) and at other times they feel nonsensical (“I know I’m from the South, but you need your goggles”). However, penultimate track ‘Cryin’ In The Car’ is an exception, with Megan dropping the braggadocious lyrics in favor of a more raw, introspective moment of reflection (“Please don’t give up on me, Lord”, “All of them nights I cried in the car”).
Ultimately, it is in these most vulnerable moments that the album comes into it’s own. With the smooth, professional production on this EP and Megan’s strong vocals, all this record needs to become a masterpiece is some better lyrical content. Megan comes across as her strongest and most authentic self when she is willing to cross uncomfortable territory and confront her own pain. The moments in this album where she does that makes you wish such moments weren’t so few and far between. While this album has significant room for improvement, it’s also packed to the brim with potential.