Just like depression isn't always a seasonal thing, hot girl summer can last the whole year if you let it.
Even though it's been snowing on the East Coast, Megan Thee Stallion made it clear that hot girl summer is a state of mind when she lit up the Tiny Desk Concert in Washington D.C. this week as part of their extended live-stream series.
Stallion has had an incredible year, and it looks like she's only going to keep ascending. A year ago, she was taking classes at Texas Southern University and performing at local shows. Then her song "Hot Girl Summer" sparked an entire meme-based online movement, inspiring people everywhere to cast off their reservations and embrace love for themselves (and, of course, for others).
She started off her Tiny Desk performance by breaking the ice, saying, "I'm gonna get real comfortable with y'all, so I'm need y'all to get real comfortable with me." From there, she performed with a live band for the first time—Brooklyn's Phony Ppl, a multi-genre group that added new sonic scope to her songs. Her setlist included "Hot Girl Summer," of course, as well as "Cash S***" and a new song called "F**** Around." The latter track seems to be about the thrill of infidelity, though Stallion clarified, "We don't condone cheating… Sorry to my future boo."
Regardless of the song's implications, Stallion made it clear that just because it's winter, that's no excuse to hibernate or shut down. If anything, it's time to bring the energy of hot girl summer—whatever that means to you—into the holiday season and beyond.
Watch Megan Thee Stallion Perform at NPR's Tiny Desk Fest pitchfork.com