Perhaps the crowd should have read the promotional flier more closely.


At least that’s what one concertgoer said in an astonished tone at Megan Thee Stallion’s sold-out show at Express Live on Thursday. Promoted as “Megan Thee Stallion and Friends,” some felt the event was more “friends” than the headliner.


The 24-year-old Houston native took the stage late into the night after seemingly endless opening acts, but only remained for about 30 minutes—at best.


Prior to her disappointing exit, Megan was entertaining and the crowd was engaged. They shouted her sexually suggestive lyrics and cheered as she and her dancers showed off their moves (many of her “hottie” fans have lamented that their own “weak knees” can’t keep up).


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Quickly into her set, featuring songs off her first full-length project, 2019’s “Fever,” Megan showed one reason why she’s so beloved: accessibility. She personally selected and invited “hot girls”—and one “hot boy”—onstage for the world’s most exciting game of “Simon Says,” a dance contest to her song of the same name.


She then got back to “regular, hot-girl programming.” It was exactly 25 degrees outside when she performed “Hot Girl Summer,” her hit song—just shy of the top ten—with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dollar $ign. But “Tina Snow,” the relevant name of Megan’s alter ego, quickly made an appearance for “Big Ole Freak,” which some would say catapulted her into the mainstream earlier this year.


But after whipping the crowd into a frenzy with “Cash Sh*t,” her song with DaBaby, she abruptly left.


There’s still reason to root for Megan Thee Stallion. She admirably ignores the obstacles awaiting rappers who happen to be women: being forced into either the “stripper rapper” or “conscious lyricist” category with no room for scope; being placed on “best-of” lists with an asterisk next to their names, if they’re acknowledged at all; or being labeled a “feminist,” which comes with the weight of representing your entire gender.


For example, any other time, it’s liberating when she raps, “Don’t worry ‘bout why I do what I do/Cause I ain’t worried ‘bout you.”


But when it’s at a show left too early, it takes on a more off-putting tone. Let’s hope she keeps shaking off the critics and not her most loyal fans.


ethompson@dispatch.com


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