Rozette Rago—The New York Times/Redux

Megan Thee Stallion

She has yet to release a full-length album, but Megan Thee Stallion (born Megan Pete) is already being hailed as the future of hip-hop. Known for her dexterous flow and lyrical mastery, Megan exudes a self-assured confidence that dares others to match it. Case in point: “hot girl summer,” a self-love missive she coined that became ubiquitous earlier this year, birthing memes and eventually a single of the same title with Nicki Minaj. (The accompanying music video has been viewed more than 35 million times on YouTube.) In September, Megan signed a management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation; her debut album is due for release next year. —Cady Lang

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