Megan Thee Stallion is one of those artists who stay busy. After performing festivals domestically and abroad all season, she’s not ready to take a break yet. Quite the opposite. Now, she’s gearing up for the release of her sophomore record, following 2020’s Good News.
According to Stalli, she finished up recording last month. For the last week, she’s been teasing Traumazine, the album’s title. On IG, Megan defined the word as “a chemical released in the brain when it is forced to deal with painful emotions caused by traumatic events and experiences” in a post.
Recently, she shared a visual teaser with a somber piano track. Visually, it seems like a funeral is taking place, and Megan is seen in mourning clothing. She pays respects with a black rose and walks away. Then, a woman dressed in white also walks away, contrasting everyone dressed in black, before the album title covers the screen.
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She’s also posted promo photos, saying in the caption “It took a lot of self reflecting to get to the point in my life where I am right now… I ain’t saying I finally figured everything out or that I’m finally at peace, bc I’m not… buttt im excited for the hotties to get a better understanding of what’s happening in my head.”
Stalli tweeted that she wrote the album for her, and it’ll have 18 songs. Yesterday, she confirmed that the album will drop August 12, today, and will include features from Latto, Rico Nasty, Jhene Aiko, and Future. That’s all we know so far, but from what’s been posted, we can infer that this record is going to give her fans an inside look into how she’s been handling her fame up to this point, and the theory that things have to be laid to rest in order to move forward.
Making art can be therapeutic for many creatives, and as a fan, hopefully that rings true after what Megan’s had to deal with the past few years. Here’s an inside look into just a fraction of what she’s had to handle while in the spotlight.
Give the album a listen below.
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