Tina Snow

by: Megan Thee Stallion

Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion enjoyed a relatively quick rise to fame, going in just a few short years from posting videos of freestyles to her social media to having charting hit singles streaming in the millions. Influenced by a lineage of sexually charged rappers, but bringing an updated flow all her own, the emcee delivered her first fully formed tracks with 2018's brief but powerful Tina Snow mixtape. Overflowing with confidence, booming production, and hypersexualized lyrics, each of the ten tracks here hits hard and finds Megan Thee Stallion calmly adjusting her crown after tearing through rhymes as hungry as they are vulgar. Single "Big Ole Freak" is perhaps the most visible of Megan's hits, but "Freak Nasty," "Neva," and "Cocky AF" all follow a similar formula: sex rhymes and confidence so inflated it borders on belligerence. Only in the silken grooves of "Cognac Queen" and the feel-good summertime bounce of "Good At" does Tina Snow show any signs of slowing things down, opting for a slightly mellower R&B flavor instead of the explosive party-minded bangers that make up the rest of the mixtape. Megan Thee Stallion's lyrical powers are characterized by unexpected punch lines and the kind of bold personality that makes rappers of average ability into superstars. This personality is coming into focus on the strongest moments of Tina Snow. ~ Fred Thomas

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