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Released: 2023

“Cobra” by Megan Thee Stallion is an achingly raw account of mental health struggle, infidelity, and the pressures of fame. It speaks to the double-edged sword of stardom: the intense scrutiny, loneliness, and illusion of the perfectly crafted facade that hides deep-set personal struggles.

The opening verse of the song sets a bleak tone; Megan describes her emotional breakdown, presumably in the public eye (“Breaking down and I had the whole world watching”). The poignant question, “But the worst part is really who watched me?” highlights the loneliness she faces despite her fame. It’s a commentary on conditional support that many celebrities confront – that as long as they’re successful and profitable (“Long as everybody getting paid, right?”), their well-being is secondary.

When Megan talks about the darker aspects of her battle with depression (“Every night I cried, I almost died / And nobody close tried to stop me”), she is taking us behind the scenes. She’s breaking the societal taboo of discussing mental health, particularly in a hip-hop music culture that privileges braggadocio and invincibility. Lines like “Shit, I’d probably bleed out some Pinot / When they find me, I’m in Valentino” are graphic but also highlight the contrast between her outward glamour and internal despair.

The chorus, “This pussy depressed, hmm / I’m about to stress him, yeah” is a powerful reframing of the typical hip-hop narrative, using sexual power dynamics as a metaphor for her mental state. Contrasting the raw vulnerability in her verses, the chorus is assertive and fierce. The phrase “about to stress him” is slang for getting ready to challenge or confront someone, in this case, not shying away from sharing her emotional struggles.

Megan’s recounting of discovering infidelity (“Pulled up, caught him cheatin’ / Gettin’ his dick sucked in the same spot I’m sleeping”) is yet another testament to her vulnerability. She’s laying bare her personal trauma in an industry that typically covers it up. This frankness offers her listeners an uncommon level of relatability, underlining that even superstars face these universal challenges.

Finally, the closing lines of the song “I ain’t going, yeah / No emotion, ayy / Back outside, yeah / Back in motion, ayy” reflect Megan’s resilience and commitment to keep going despite her struggles. These lines showcase her determination, indicating that while she might be in a low place, she refuses to be defeated.

Throughout, “Cobra” is more than just a pop song. It’s Megan Thee Stallion’s courage to openly discuss her battle with mental health, the pressures of fame, and relationship struggles, making it a standout track in her repertoire.

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