Megan Thee Stallion unleashes her debut album, ‘Suga’

A dramatic legal battle with her record label couldn’t halt its release.

After a week of legal drama and uncertainty, Megan Thee Stallion has released her highly anticipated debut album, Suga.

The nine-track album arrives less than a year since the Houston rapper’s 2019 mixtape, Fever. It also lands amidst a legal battle between Megan and her record label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, which threatened to jeopardize its release. The dispute erupted last Sunday when Megan claimed 1501 balked when she asked to renegotiate the terms of her contract, and refused to let her put out new music.

Megan filed for a temporary restraining order against 1501 that would allow her to drop Suga, which label head Carl Crawford in turn tried to halt with an emergency motion on Tuesday. But that was denied by a district court judge on Wednesday, Complex reported. That same day, Megan confirmed the Friday release of Suga.

There are only two featured guests on Suga: Kehlani sings on “Hit My Phone” and Gunna appears on “Stop Playing.” Other heavyweights contributed to production: The Neptunes produced “Stop Playing” and “Crying in the Car,” while Timbaland is credited on closing track “What I Need.” (Neither of those Neptunes-produced tracks are the Megan collab the production duo previewed in a CBS This Morning segment broadcast in January, which might mean that Pharrell and Chad Hugo have more tracks with her in the vault.)

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Besides dropping Suga, Megan also unleashed the video for first single “BITCH.” The clip, which was directed by Eif Rivera, also marks the official passing of the baton from one Megan rap persona to another. Suga is named for Megan’s brand-new persona, who receives advice from her 2018 character Tina Snow in the video’s opening scene. “You can’t keep letting motherfuckers walk all over you,” Tina tells Suga. “You don’t need to be playing too nice to everybody.” Suga takes the advice to heart for the rest of the clip.

Watch the video for “BITCH” here:

And stream Suga now:

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