Kiss Away the Pain


Noah Techoueyres, Staff Writer

Traumazine’ serves as emotional outlet for Megan Thee Stallion

After two years of waiting, Megan Thee Stallion’s album “Traumazine” has come out and is an unapologetically sassy and surprising addition to her impressive discography. With features such as Future, Pooh Shiesty, Jhene Aiko and Rico Nasty, the album is able to cover a wide variety of genres, as well as dive deep into Megan’s personal life through her notably profound lyrics. Despite this, the album does not stray far from her famously charismatic and energetic personality.

On her second studio album, she exhibits a more developed style and sound throughout, especially when compared to her older projects. During the second half of the album, the song “Pressurlicious” expresses a 70s groovy side of Megan’s music. Later, in “Southside Royalty Freestyle,” she calls back to her Texas roots through a heavy drill song, a genre of music synonymous to Houston. If someone were to listen to these songs back-to-back, it would be hard to believe that they were on the same album.

In the song “Who Me?”, Megan mentions her experience of getting shot by fellow musician Tory Lanez. Despite the event being a traumatic moment in her life, she integrates the theme effortlessly in the song. There are several examples of her rapping about personal issues, such as her self-image and high standards as a musical artist. These exclusive takes give the album a more personal feel when compared to her previous works, like “Good News” and “Fever,” which lyrically feel more bland. The consistent and seamless switching of genres, such as RnB, Hip-Hop, Dirty Rap, and Drill, gave the other album another step up above her past works, elevating the album to be her best work so far.

Singles “Plan B” and “Sweetest Pie” stand out as the album’s strongest songs. “Plan B” acts as a female empowerment anthem, where her lyrics come off as enticing and confident. Throughout the song, Megan gives bar after bar of some of her best lyrics. The song “Sweetest Pie,” featuring Dua Lipa, found widespread success as a trending song on social media platform TikTok. This attention is well deserved, as Dua Lipa and Megan give the best duo performance off the album. “Traumazine” easily achieved the title of Megan’s best project so far and proves itself to be one of the better albums of the year.