Fans were eager for the final project after the singer released teasers on October 28, 2023.
The phenomenal Rap/Hip-hop rendition has somewhat lived up to expectations, with the video recording over a million views in less than 24 hours after the premiere. As of November 6, 2023, Megan’s hit song Cobra had reached 4.3 million views on YouTube alone, as it continues to rise rapidly on other streaming platforms.
The lyrics of the track, analyzed closely, touch on a bit on sensitive issues about the singer who speaks about her past and dealing with depression. Cobra is a complete deviation from Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, as some fans insinuated in the previous weeks.
Meghan Thee Stallion opens her first verse saying, “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.” The video, directed by Douglas Bernardt, is said to be the biggest YouTube debut in 24 hours for any solo female hip-hop artiste in 2023.
Cobra has generated conversations online as some followers indicate that the singer poured out her heart, putting everything she had gone through in the past into a single track. Some say the record also throws a jab at her former record label.
The melody is Megan’s first solo release since her album Traumazine, which dropped in August 2022, and also her first project after leaving 1501 Certified Entertainment.
The Girls in the Hood creator now works independently under her new music and entertainment company, Hot Girl Productions.
Aside from the aesthetics of the video, Megan also shared a few lines about dealing with depression saying: “At night, I’m sitting in a dark room thinking… Probably why I always end up drinking, yes, I’m very depressed…How can somebody so blessed wanna slit they wrist?”
Despite the buzz the song has generated, some fans have called for support of the hip-hop star. “As supporters of Megan, we need to keep her uplifted. You can hear the pain she’s in. Depression hurts and we need to be there for one another in time of need. We love You Megan!” a fan wrote.
In 2020, Megan Thee Stallion filed a suit against 1501 Certified Entertainment, to renegotiate her contract. She, however, settled the legal battle with the record label before announcing her decision to go independent.