Megan Thee Stallion‘s new single, “Cobra,” already hits pretty hard. With its chunky guitar riff and ominous beat, the latest song from the “Bongos” MC — which dropped last week — came locked-and-loaded with a slamming surfeit of grit and gravity in lyrics about stress, anxiety, pain and determination.
So it makes perfect sense that Meg would take all that angst and roiling emotion, turn it up to 11 and break off the knob on a metal-edged remix. Which is exactly what she did on Wednesday (Nov. 8), when the Houston spitter dropped a face-melting rock re-do of the track featuring Canadian alt-metal band Spiritbox.
The 2.0 version opens with the same big guitars, but then explodes into a booming, reverb-drenched cascade of arena rock attitude as Megan’s voice is joined by yearning/screamo vocals from Spiritbox singer Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Mike Stringer’s sonic boom strumming, giving the song a Linkin Park/Evanescence-like vibe.
LaPlante thanked Megan for roping her band into the remix, writing on Instagram, “Thank you Megan for allowing us the opportunity to collaborate on your already iconic new song ‘Cobra.’ I am beyond grateful to you.” Guitarist Stringer added, “Thank you to Megan for trusting us to mash up both of our worlds. Nothing but respect, and gratitude. It’s an absolute honor.”
After dropping the song last week as the first single on her own label, Megan said the song about losing her grandmother, a rough breakup and the trauma of two court cases was a track that exemplifies the fierce, hooded snakes that exemplify “courage and self-reliance. They stand tall and fierce in the face of challenges, teaching one to tap into their inner strength and rely on oneself to conquer their threats. Emulating the cobra helps one be more confident in the person they are within.”
The three-time Grammy winner revealed last month that she wasn’t signed to a label anymore. “This part of my album is very much so funded by Megan Thee Stallion because we’re trying to get off … Y’all know what’s the tea. But I have no label right now,” she explained of her decision to go it alone after recently settling a yearslong legal battle with her former record label, 1501 Certified Entertainment. “We’re doing everything funded straight out of Megan Thee Stallion’s pockets. So, the budget is coming from me. Motherf—ing Hot Girl Productions! The next s— y’all about to see is all straight from Megan Thee Stallion’s brain and Megan Thee Stallion’s wallet. We are in my pockets, hotties, so let’s do our big one.”
Listen to the “Cobra” remix below.
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