Recently, rapper Megan Thee Stallion released her single “Cobra,” a candid letter to fans about her struggles with mental health. She raps about her ongoing battle with suicidal thoughts and depression.

Grammy winner has had much success over the years but, unfortunately, has endured multiple tragedies in her personal life. For instance, one of the more public incidents of being shot by Canadian rapper Daystar Peterson. And like most artists, Megan Thee Stallion put her emotions in song. 

Anytime an artist bravely uses their platform to confront mental health issues, they shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness. This lyrical vulnerability provides a cathartic outlet and a guiding light for those navigating similar struggles. Listeners find solace and validation, realizing they’re not alone in their struggles as Megan’s unfiltered narratives mirror. Therefore, we want to continue to shed light on this topic. Here are seven times Black women artists have talked about mental health in their music. 

When Black Women Artists Have Talked About Mental Health In Their Music

In addition to Megan Thee Stallion, here are seven other songs Black women artists have mentioned the journey with mental health in their music. 

  1. Lauryn Hill – “I Gotta Find Peace of Mind” (1998): Lauryn Hill’s soulful ballad delves into the quest for inner peace amid life’s chaos. Her single resonated with those grappling with their own turbulent minds.
  2.  Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts” (2013): Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” explores the detrimental impact of societal beauty standards on mental health. It addressed the toll of perfectionism and societal pressures.
  3.  Janelle Monáe – “Django Jane” (2018): Janelle Monáe intertwines empowerment and mental health themes. She addressed the systemic challenges faced by Black women and the toll on their mental well-being.
  4.  Mary J. Blige – “No More Drama” (2001): Mary J. Blige’s anthem speaks to the desire for a life free from turmoil, acknowledging the role of internal struggles in perpetuating chaos.
  5.  Solange – “Cranes in the Sky” (2016): Solange’s delicate exploration of distraction as a coping mechanism captures moments of seeking solace while addressing underlying emotional turmoil.
  6.  Missy Elliott – “Why I Still Love You” (2019): Missy Elliott’s introspective track delves into the complexities of love and self-worth. She addressed the emotional toll of toxic relationships.
  7.  SZA – “20 Something” (2017): SZA’s candid reflection on the uncertainties of adulthood navigates the challenges of finding oneself in early adulthood.

Through their art, Black women artists confront the shadows of mental health. These artists, including Megan Thee Stallion, showcase the power of music as a force for change. They dismantle barriers and fostering empathy in the pursuit of mental well-being. As we amplify these voices, we recognize the collective strength in addressing mental health. Transparency about mental health challenges social norms, and fosters a culture of openness, understanding, and healing.