“Your actions make you a ‘hot girl.’ You have to be someone who is like energetic, the life of the party, just really nice, you know what I’m saying? You have to be able to put that confidence in other people and get along with all the girls and just like have a good time. Just unapologetically you. You just have to be lit.” – Megan Thee Stallion, Founding Hot Girl

In case you haven’t heard by now, it’s a hot girl summer. (And after my AC died last month, I learned what it truly means to have a hot girl summer…all too well.)

While mainstream Western pop may be mostly flopping in 2019, female rappers certainly are not, including Saweetie with “My Type” (quite possibly my Song of Summer ’19) and 24-year-old, Texas-bred Megan Thee Stallion, Thee Hot Girl, who is having a major moment after the release of her Fever mixtape in May. Her star promptly skyrocketed after her “hot girl” catch phrase went viral – meme culture truly is the key to success these days, after all.

Not only has she become an Internet sensation who seems to be getting on everyone’s good side – just last night, she was twerking to the sound of Lizzo‘s flute, once again going viral – but she also got the attention of her idol, the Harajuku Barbie herself: Miss (Mrs.) Nicki Minaj (Petty?)

After the two went live for the first time together on Instagram, engaging in a genuinely adorable conversation about college (Megan’s about to graduate from Texas Southern University with a major in Health Administration), Megan quickly spiraled into fangirl mode, twerking to a classic Beam Me Up Scotty-era track, “Slumber Party,” as Nicki gleefully chimed in.

Megan then mentioned she was working on a “Hot Girl Summer” track, but she was waiting on someone…hint, hint. You see, Thee Stallion is a smart hot girl: if the entire world is using your catch phrase to caption their selfies, you better capitalize on that SEO, stat.

Cue meltdowns in the comments as the girls giggled amongst themselves.

As it turns out, Nicki wound up writing a verse that same night for Megan’s already completed track. The end result, after a brief delay to add the assist from her hero arrived on Friday (August 9) – and it’s a strong, hot (duh!) showing from a well-established icon and a rising star, plus a catchy hook from Ty Dolla $ign.

Highlights from the jump include a recurring sample of the City Girls smash “Act Up,” (which went viral in its own right, and also shares a producer in Juicy J), as well Megan shouting out her own new catch phrase from the live session: “Don’t run from me, friend…”

Honestly, that pre-chorus is the kind of Hot Girl inspiration we needed to hear: “Should I take your love? Should I take that dick? / Got a whole lotta options ’cause you know a bitch poppin’ / I’m a hot girl, so you know ain’t shit stoppin’.”

As an early enthusiast – one of the Ken Barbz, if you will – from all the way back to the Jeffree Star feature and “Itty Bitty Piggy” days (my mixtape Minaj college lip-sync videos will never see light of day until I pass), I want Nicki to stay winning. This was obviously not only a smart decision (like “Me Against The Music,” we love a Queen-to-Princess endorsement), but a fun one, too: “Put this pussy on your lip, give a fuck about the dick I get that rrrrrr and then I rrrrr, I grab my shit, and then I dip, ooh!” Never change, Nicki.

Confidence-boosting camaraderie? In the words of one particular businesswoman, socialite, model, singer, actress, fashion designer and DJ: that’s hot, girls.

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