In her newest single, Megan Thee Stallion is shedding her past like a snake sheds its skin. On “Cobra,” the “Thot Sh*t” rapper is letting fans in on the dark side of her life, rapping about her struggles with depression.
Megan is no stranger to adversity. Her being shot by fellow rapper Tory Lanez put Megan at the center of a media circus, and though Lanez was recently convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison, Megan received massive amounts of undue hate and doubt leading up to and during his trial.
She’s also lost both of her parents, with her mother having passed due to cancer in 2019, a trauma she references on “Cobra”: “Man, I miss my parents, way too anxious, always cancel my plans,” she says.
Megan may be queer herself, having told British Vogue she’s “kissed a few girls before.”
“For anyone who has survived violence, please know your feelings are valid. You matter. You are not at fault.”
Given all she’s gone through, it’s unsurprising that Megan has struggled with depression and suicidal ideation, though her candor about it in the lyrics of “Cobra” is still shocking to hear.
“Every night I cried, I almost died, and nobody close tried to stop me,” she raps in the first verse.
“Yes, I’m very depressed,” she continues. “How can somebody so blessed wanna slit they wrist?”
Fans praised Megan for being so open about her mental health. “I am so happy she shared this,” one fan wrote on X. “So many people can find healing here.”
The song’s second verse also brought a revelation about her relationship with rapper Pardison Fontaine, aka Pardi, which ended earlier this year. According to her lyrics, Pardi cheated on Megan in her own bed: “Pulled up, caught him cheatin’, gettin’ his dick sucked in the same spot I’m sleepin’,” she raps.
Needless to say, the Hotties are furious with Pardi. Their cries of “When I catch you…” should have him shaking — this is not a fandom you want to mess with.
Meanwhile, the video for “Cobra” stays true to Megan’s brand while still striking a darker tone. She’s serving looks and delivering fierce choreography, but imagery of gargantuan snakes and peeling skin bring the intensity of her lyrics to the foreground.
The video does end on a hopeful note, as a new clutch of snake eggs begins to hatch, symbolizing the start of a new era for Megan. Let the healing journey commence!