Megan Thee Stallion is bringing some new music to NPR’s inaugural Tiny Desk Festival, a four-night series based on the hit Tiny Desk concerts.
On Monday, the 24-year-old Houston rapper joined Brooklyn band Phony Ppl in surprising a live audience in Washington, D.C. with a performance of her biggest hits, including, “Realer”, “Freak Nasty”, “Big Ole Freak” and “Hot Girl Summer”.
“Now, don’t be scared to get ratchet,” Stallion, who gave her first live NSFW performance with a band, tells the crowd before heating things up from behind the desk with a 25-minute medley, which included tracks from her mixtape Fever.
During night one of Tiny Desk Fest, the rapper also surprised fans with the debut of her Phony Ppl collaboration “F***ing Around”, coming out in January.
Following the concert, Stallion joined NPR for a post-show conversation in their Studio 1 event space, where she opened up about her rise to fame.
“I’m always trying to one-up myself,” she told NPR. “I don’t feel like I’m in competition with anybody […] If I’m worried about beating somebody else, I’m not going to be the best version of me. It shouldn’t be a competition because somebody else winning is not going to make me lose.”
Revealing her plans for her upcoming debut album out next year, Stallion said, “I never wanted to do an album ’cause I was like, ‘Oh, that feel like marriage. That’s a commitment.’ But now, I’m ready to settle down with an album.”