Megan Thee Stallion’s long-awaited sophomore album Traumazine was released last week after a string of successful singles including future feature Pressurelicious.
In an interview with the LA Leakers on Power 106 Los Angeles, Megan admitted the feature was priced at $250,000.
“I had the beat for ‘Pressurelicious,’ right? I recorded the song and I recorded it in a way. And I was like, ‘You know what? That would sound really difficult if Future were in on it,” she said, before adding, “I feel like as a woman in the industry, reaching out to a man trying to do a feature will always be a challenge to get. You never know what to expect.”
Megan says she made an inquiry to find out the Atlanta rapper’s feature film award and said she wants to make sure he turns in his verses while they’re both in the same area.
“They said, ‘Okay, 250. He wants 250,000.’ I was like, ‘Okay, bet. Someone pulls 250,000 out of the bank and takes it to Future and tells him I need the verse before he goes [Miami].'”
Despite an initial objection from her team, Megan went through with the move and Future delivered his part of the deal. He sent back the seven-minute beat – after rapping it all the way through – which Megan then chopped up and used to create the final version of “Pressurelicious.”
Aside from the Future verse, Megan also described Traumazine as an album about “dealing with yourself” after years of trauma. “This album – I feel like I wrote it as a letter to myself, as a letter to my mother – I didn’t even write these songs as regular songs, I wrote them like a journal [entries]. It is different.”
The album’s rollout saw Megan in a much more serious tone than her previous releases. A few days before his arrival, the rapper hinted that “Traumazine” would be the last project she would deliver with 1501 Certified Entertainment — the label she’s struggled with over the past few years.
You all know I always struggle with dropping my music under this label, all these games and having to go to court just to get my art out has been so stressful. Thanks you hotties for rocking through the bullshit with me, WE ALMOST OFF 👏🏾 LET’S STAY FOCUSED AND RUN UP THE LAST
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) August 11, 2022
https://variety.com/2022/music/news/megan-thee-stallion-future-feature-traumazine-1235340994/ Megan Thee Stallion paid $250,000 for Future’s Verse on her last album