From Tina Snow to Suga: A look at Megan Thee Stallion's different alter egos as she gears up for ‘Good News’
The American rapper has three alter egos –Hot Girl Meg, Tina Snow and Suga
Global musicians like Beyonce, Eminem, U2’s Bono, late David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Tupac Shakur and a few others have one thing in common i.e. all of these are known for their alter egos as well. Not only did they make their stage names popular amongst their fans, but they also pushed their alter egos with equal gist. The latest musician to join the elite league of alter egos is American rapper Megan Thee Stallion. We shed light on her different alter egos as she is all set to release her debut album ‘Good News’ on November 20, 2020.
What is the alter ego of musicians?
If we go by the dictionary of Merriam Webster, “In Latin, alter ego literally means “second I.” An alter ego can be thought of as a person's clone or second self. A professional alter ego might be a trusted aide who knows exactly what the boss wants done. A personal alter ego might be a close friend who is almost like a twin. Alter ego can also refer to the second, hidden side of one's own self.”
Now, that might be a bookish definition of an alter ego, however, alter ego of musicians might have a slight difference. According to Britannica, alter egos can function in a variety of ways for different artists. Sometimes they serve as a mask of protection and separation for an artist from their work, and other times they act as a guise under which one can freely and momentarily experiment with another side of oneself.
Megan Thee Stallion’s different alter egos
A lot of musicians usually opt for one or two alter egos. However, Megan Thee Stallion has three alter egos – Hot Girl Meg, Tina Snow and Suga. The 25-year-old rapper, whose real name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, had introduced her alter ego Suga in January 2020, as reported by NPR. The American rapper had performed at the Tiny Desk Fest, which is organized by NPR, and in a post-show interview, Megan had said, “My next project I will be introducing a new lady. Her name is Suga. She's besties with Tina Snow.”
Megan is also popularly known as Hot Girl Meg which she got after the 2019 hit single ‘Hot Girl Summer.’ She uses the same name on her all social media accounts. Suga made her appearance in the EP with the same name released in March 2020. Suga is the cool and laidback one, whereas Hot Girl Meg is her foil, the party girl living her best life.
If we talk about her alter ego Tina Snow, it was her very first alter ego. Megan spoke about the same to The Source in 2018 as reported by Refinery29, saying it was inspired by the late Houston rapper Pimp C's alias Tony Montana. “I get into my act when I listen to Pimp C, so I turn myself into Tina Snow, his opposite. When people listen to me, I want them to feel cool as hell. I want them to get in their act when they’re listening to Tina Snow.”