Megan Thee Stallion talks new album, being inspired by Queen Latifah

The rapper performed for "GMA" as part of the Summer Concert Series.

August 12, 2022, 10:04 AM

Megan Thee Stallion channeled her "real feelings" on her new album, "Traumazine."

The rapper, who performed on "Good Morning America" Friday as part of the Summer Concert Series, told "GMA" that not only was this album "a whole new experience" for her, but she wanted to give her fans -- called Hotties -- a chance to get to know her on a deeper level.

"Like, y'all know me, but I really wanted y'all to get to know me, so I had to make up a whole new word for what we're doing right now," she said of the album's title.

Watch Megan Thee Stallion perform "Her" for "GMA" Summer Concert Series:

VIDEO: Megan Thee Stallion performs ‘Her’ on ‘GMA’
The rapper performs the song from her new album, "Traumazine," for the Summer Concert Series.

"Traumazine," out Friday, is Megan Thee Stallion's second studio effort and boasts 18 tracks, including previously released songs "Plan B," the Future-assisted "Pressurelicious" and "Sweetest Pie," featuring Dua Lipa.

The album is split evenly when it comes to solo songs and collaborations. In addition to Future and Dua Lipa, other collaborators include Key Glock, Latto, Pooh Shiesty, Rico Nasty, Jhené Aiko, Lucky Daye, Sauce Walka, Big Pokey and Lil' Keke.

Watch Megan Thee Stallion perform "Body" for "GMA" Summer Concert Series:

VIDEO: Megan Thee Stallion performs 'Body' on 'GMA'
The best new artist Grammy winner performs the fan favorite for the Summer Concert Series.

Megan Thee Stallion said she was "nervous" to make this album because she talks about her "real feelings" on it, telling the Summer Concert Series crowd on Friday that, "just to know that y'all really rocking with me like this and I could be myself, it makes me feel really good."

"So usually I could be sad and I can write a song like 'Body,' or I could be mad and I can write a song like 'Big Ole Freak,' but on this album I wrote my feelings accordingly," she added. "Like, I was sad and I wrote a sad song, I was angry and I wrote a more aggressive song. I feel like I was really confronting my real feelings."

Watch Megan Thee Stallion perform "Pressurelicious" for "GMA" Summer Concert Series:

VIDEO: Megan Thee Stallion performs ‘Pressurelicious’ on 'GMA'
The hitmaker joins "GMA" for the Summer Concert Series to perform the single from her new album, "Traumazine."

Aside from music, Megan Thee Stallion is excited for "Megan Thee Director" to "jump out," she said, as she recently signed a first-look deal with Netflix, giving the recent Texas Southern University graduate even more room to express herself in all sorts of new ways.

"I have more stories to tell, more than just on music," she said, revealing the one person she looks up to as a role model in her career.

"Like, I'm a big fan of Queen Latifah. I really look up to her," she continued. "I really like how she not only did her thing in music, but she expanded it to be the boss she is now -- and I see that for myself."

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