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Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Cobra’ Video Now Biggest YouTube Debut In 2023

The rapper's new era is already breaking records.

Megan Thee Stalltion’s new single, “Cobra,” has solidified its status as YouTube’s biggest debut in 24 hours for a solo female hip-hop artist this year.

Complex confirmed the Houston hottie’s latest accomplishment on Nov. 4, as the video was released the day before at midnight. The video garnered over 2.15 million views, earning praise for its visual and vulnerable lyrics, taking the crown from Doja Cat’s “Demons” video. In the visual, Megan sheds her snakeskin as she speaks about her mental health journey in battling suicide ideation and a cheating partner, which many fans assume to be about Megan’s former beau, Pardison Fontaine. The on-again, off-again couple since 2021 officially broke up for good earlier this year.

Fans of the artist were shocked by her blunt lyrics, detailing her finding out about the cheating amid her mental health struggles, “Ayy, damn, I got problems / Never thought a bitch like me would ever hit rock bottom / Man, I miss my parents, way too anxious, always cancel my plans / Pulled up, caught him cheatin’, gettin’ his d–k sucked in the same spot I’m sleepin’.”

While the video showcases a deeper side to the skilled entertainer, Megan takes on reptilian form as she reclaims her life and career following the controversial shooting trial of Tory Lanez, which left the 28-year-old femcee vilified on social media. The visual aspect of “Cobra” is especially significant to the Houston native, as it is her first independent release under her own label, Hot Girl Productions. In October, the Grammy winner officially severed ties with her former label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, after a lengthy legal battle.

Megan Thee Stallion has endured trials and tribulations over the past few years. But now she appears to be back and better than ever.