Fever (mixtape)

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Fever
Megan Thee Stallion - Fever.png
Mixtape by
ReleasedMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
GenreHip hop
Length40:09
Label
  • 300
  • 1501 Certified Ent.
Producer
  • Crazy Mike
  • DJ Chose
  • DJ WillAye
  • Juicy J
  • KC Supreme
  • Koncept P
  • LilJuMadeDaBeat
  • Project Pat
  • Prolivik Beeats
  • Suede
  • Supah Mario
  • DJ Zirk
Megan Thee Stallion chronology
Tina Snow
(2018)
Fever
(2019)
Singles from Fever
  1. "Sex Talk"
    Released: March 22, 2019
  2. "Realer"
    Released: May 16, 2019
  3. "Cash Shit"
    Released: May 17, 2019

Fever is the debut mixtape[1] by American rapper Megan Thee Stallion. It was released via 300 Entertainment on May 17, 2019,[2] and features 14 tracks.[3] The mixtape includes the single "Sex Talk", as well as the songs "Simon Says" featuring Juicy J and "Money Good".[4] The album’s third single, "Cash Shit" featuring DaBaby charted number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Promotion[edit]

Megan Thee Stallion formally announced the mixtape with a trailer posted to her social media accounts on May 8, captioning it "MEET HOT GIRL MEG 🔥", the name of her alter ego for the mixtape.[5] In the trailer, Hot Girl Meg drives in a red convertible with three other women before a snippet of a song plays.[3]

Singles[edit]

The lead single from Fever, "Sex Talk", was released to all major streaming services and digital platforms on March 22, 2019.

The opening track, "Realer", was released as a promotional single on May 16, 2019. The single was premiered by Zane Lowe on the Beats 1 radio show. Its music video was released to Vevo on May 21, 2019. It received one million views within 48 hours of uploading.

The song "Cash Shit" featuring DaBaby was released as a single and has so far reached a peak of number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] This is her second song to reach the Top 40 of the Hot 100, her first being "Hot Girl Summer" featuring Ty Dolla Sign and Nicki Minaj.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

Fever debuted at number ten on the US Billboard 200 with 27,956 album-equivalent units, of which 3,725 were pure album sales.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
Exclaim!8/10[9]
HipHopDX4/5[10]
Pitchfork8/10[11]
RapReviews6.5/10[12]

Fever was generally well-received by contemporary critics, upon its release. On Metacritic, the mixtape received a score of 81 out of 100 from eight reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".

Amongst the positive reviews was Fred Thomas for AllMusic, who claimed that "With near-peerless levels of confidence, fearlessly bold lyricism, and relentless, expertly crafted beats, Fever establishes Megan Thee Stallion as a figure in Southern rap."[8] Pitchfork awarded the mixtape a score of 8.0 out of 10 and noted that Megan Thee Stallion's debut album is "steeped in sex, pimpin, and power; it sounds like a once and future Houston rap classic"[11]

Accolades[edit]

Award Year[a] Category Result Ref.
BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 Best Mixtape Won [13]

Track listing[edit]

Adapted from Megan Thee Stallion's Twitter.[14]

All tracks are written by Megan Pete except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Realer"Megan PeteLilJuMadeDaBeat2:29
2."Hood Rat Shit"Pete
  • KC Supreme
  • Koncept P
3:01
3."Pimpin"Pete
3:23
4."Cash Shit" (featuring DaBaby)LilJuMadeDaBeat3:12
5."W.A.B"Pete
2:57
6."Best You Ever Had"PeteDJ Chose2:39
7."Simon Says" (featuring Juicy J)
  • Juicy J
  • Suede
  • Crazy Mike[a]
3:20
8."Shake That"PeteLilJuMadeDaBeat2:52
9."Money Good"PeteDJ Chose3:17
10."Dance"Pete
  • Juicy J
  • Crazy Mike[a]
2:56
11."Ratchet"Pete
  • LilJuMadeDaBeat
  • Prolivik Beeats
2:14
12."Sex Talk"PeteDJ WillAye2:11
13."Big Drank"PeteLilJuMadeDaBeat3:27
14."Running Up Freestyle"PeteLilJuMadeDaBeat2:04

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer

Sample credits

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[15] 10

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "*mixtape lol 🔥🔥🔥 real HOTGIRL SHIT". Instagram. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Ch, Devin (May 9, 2019). "Megan Thee Stallion Teases 'Fever' Debut With Her Ragtop Armada At Full-Strength". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Coley, Jordan (May 8, 2019). "Megan Thee Stallion Announced That Her New Album 'Fever' Will Be Released This Month". Uproxx. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Johnson, Jasmine (May 7, 2019). "Megan Thee Stallion's 'Fever' Project is Coming Soon". The Source. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Maicki, Salvatore (May 3, 2019). "Megan Thee Stallion's debut album Fever is dropping in two weeks". The Fader. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Charts, Billboard (2019-08-19). "Billboard Charts on Twitter". @billboardcharts. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Fever by Megan Thee Stallion". Metacritic. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Thomas, Fred (May 17, 2019). "Fever - Megan Thee Stallion | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  9. ^ Wallace, Riley (May 22, 2019). "Megan Thee Stallion Fever". Exclaim!. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Clark, Trent (May 24, 2019). "Review: Megan Thee Stallion's "Fever" Sets Bubblegum Competition On Fire". HipHopDX. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Crumpton, Taylor (May 23, 2019). "Megan Thee Stallion:". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  12. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (May 21, 2019). "Megan Thee Stallion :: Fever – RapReviews". www.rapreviews.com. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  13. ^ Lamarre, Carl (September 12, 2019). "Cardi B Leads 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards With 10 Nominations: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  14. ^ "#FEVER track list". May 10, 2019. Retrieved May 11, 2019 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Billboard 200: June 1, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved May 31, 2019.