Megan Thee Stallion‘s solo career is back in full swing, this time on her terms. The rapper dropped her first independent single and video since cutting ties with her former label, 1501 Certified Entertainment.
According to Variety, the song, titled “Cobra,” was released under the Houston native’s Hot Girl Productions. In it, the 28-year-old raps about the consecutive challenges she’s had to overcome.
“Breakin’ down and I had the whole world watching,” Megan asserts on the track.
Later, she unpacks the impact of having all eyes on her.
“Every night I cried, I almost died/ And nobody close tried to stop me/ Long as everybody gettin’ paid, right?” she questions.
It’s clear “Cobra” is the first chapter of a new era for the rapper, which she alludes to at the top of the song’s music video.
“Just as the snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past, over and over again,” Megan says before the song begins.
The song’s visuals match the ethos of “Cobra.” Snake imagery is peppered throughout the video, with the rapper emerging from and battling a venomous cobra. A particularly memorable scene shows Megan as the main attraction among a group of people. They take pictures of her as she literally sheds pieces of her skin off like a snake.
“This p***y depressed/ I’m about to stress him,” she raps in the chorus.
Other lines include:
“Damn, I got problems / Never thought a bitch like me would ever hit rock bottom”
“Breaking down and I had the whole world watching… Every night I cried, I almost died / And nobody close tried to stop me
“How can somebody so blessed wanna slit they wrist”
“Pulled up, caught him cheatin’, gettin’ his d**k sucked in the same spot I’m sleepin’ / Lord, give me a break, I don’t know how much more of this s**t I can take,” read the lyrics.
“Cobra” provides an inside look at the rapper’s struggles the last few years, including her tumultuous fall out with 1501 Certified Entertainment, which finally settled its disputes with Megan last month after reaching a settlement that allowed both parties to “amicably part ways,” Variety reported. And then, of course, there was her highly publicized court case against Tory Lanez, who shot the rapper in 2020.
Regarding this new era in her career, Megan went on Instagram Live and opened up to her fans about how she’s moving forward.
“This part of my album is very much so funded by Megan Thee Stallion because we’re trying to get off. … Y’all know what’s the tea. But I have no label right now,” she said, Billboard reported. “We’re doing everything funded straight out of Megan Thee Stallion’s pockets. So, the budget is coming from me. Motherf**king Hot Girl Productions! The next shit y’all about to see is all straight from Megan Thee Stallion’s brain and Megan Thee Stallion’s wallet. We are in my pockets, hotties, so let’s do our big one.”
“Cobra” follows Megan’s 2022 sophomore project, Traumazine, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.