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Megan Thee Stallion Joined by Cardi B at Madison Square Garden



“Y’all, this is my first tour ever!” Megan Thee Stallion shouted with glee after selecting up a floral bouquet thrown onto the stage by a fan. Surprisingly, after headlining and acting at quite a few festivals within the years since her star started to rise in 2017, Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” is her first full-scale headlining trek, and on this Tuesday night time she’d bought out New York’s iconic Madison Sq. Backyard.

Whereas her third full-length album, introduced in January, has not materialized but, the Grammy-Award successful rapper is rolling behind latest singles like “Hiss,” “Cobra” and “BOA.” In reality, the present began with the first-named tune, a fierce diss monitor geared toward Nicki Minaj, whereas rising on a platform from beneath the stage, clad in a crimson sparkly jumpsuit, crimson boots and curly hair. Purple flames matching her ensemble lit up the stage’s video screens whereas a gaggle of dancers rocked away.

It wouldn’t be a Megan Thee Stallion present with out twerking, and there no scarcity of it. Whereas Stallion’s backup dancers adopted a set choreography, Stallion engaged in additional freestyle strikes — throwing it again in virtually each tune — and crowdmembers joined in, twerking within the middle aisles throughout “Big Ole Freak” “B.I.T.C.H.” and “Body.” The “New York Hotties,” as she known as them, apparently handed the vibe examine: Followers within the pit have been dressed up as anime characters (a la “Girls in the Hood” and the graphics in her music movies), and a few crowd interplay occurred throughout “Sex Talk” as she pointed to a fan, out of his seat and dancing to each beat. “All right you got energy — boy! But, we finna see which side can get the loudest tonight.” In fact, her trademark phrase “Real Hot Girl Shit!” and signature “Eh!” have been uttered many instances all through the present.

However towards the top of her eighth tune, Megan was sounding winded — was it’s nerves? Too many lyric-heavy songs in a row? Or was she simply overwhelmed? However throughout the subsequent tune, “Cobra,” a weak monitor about her psychological well being, it appeared clear that she truly was feeling emotional, taking moments away from rapping and choking up throughout the tune. She then left and made her first outfit change of the night time and returned in a big crystal formed like egg for the subsequent tune, “Plan B.”

The vitality peaked and the gang went batshit when a particular visitor walked onstage to indicate her assist: Cardi B. The 2 rapped “Bongos” and their smash single “WAP,” though Cardi was extra centered on dancing. Subsequent, Stallion’s opener GloRilla, whose set earlier within the night time received a go to from A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, got here out joined the pair for “Wanna Be.”

“Y’all wanna hear ‘Wanna Be’ with muthafuckin Cardi B?” GloRilla shouted. “‘Wanna Be’ muthafucking remix about to drop y’all — be ready. Stay tuned!”

However simply when it appeared the viewers couldn’t get any rowdier, “Savage Remix” got here thundering by the audio system, though Beyonce didn’t take part for his or her joint 2019 hit, which for a lot of is stuffed with recollections of studying TikTok dances at dwelling to move the time throughout pandemic lockdown.

She closed out “Savage” and the night time, selecting up one other bouquet as confetti drenched the stage, blowing kisses and saying a tearful goodnight: “I love you, New York Hotties!”

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