Inside Houston-Born Rapper Megan Thee Stallion's Road to Fame
Before Megan Thee Stallion began topping charts and collaborating with A-listers in the industry, the rapper was a simple Texan girl determined to make it.
Megan Thee Stallion, born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, is one of the hottest sensations in the rap music world. Since the 25-year-old rapper came into the limelight after dropping a fire verse on "The Houston Cypher" over Drake's "4 PM in Calabasas," there has been no stopping her.
Asides from her raunchy, well-written rap, Megan Thee Stallion has an undeniable amount of self-confidence that often makes her the center of attention.
Megan Thee Stallion attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. | Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for MTV
Megan was born on February 15, 1995, in the South Park area of Houston, Texas. Her mother, Holly Thomas, was a bill collector and a Houston-based rapper popularly known as Holly-Wood.
Megan wasn't born with a silver spoon, and she got her love of rap from the age of seven, spending time at the studio her mother recorded. She once described her mother's music as "hardcore gangster."
She never thoroughly enjoyed having a father as he was in prison from birth until she turned eight. Sadly, he passed away when she was only 15 years old.
Megan Thee Stallion attends the 2019 Variety's Hitmakers Brunch at Soho House on December 07, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. | Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
EARLY LIFE AND STAGE NAME
During her teenage years, Megan started writing lyrics and rapping, but she never told anyone about it, not even her mother, who would go on to become her first manager.
Although the Houston native now exudes confidence, she wasn't born that way. Despite having an impressive rapping talent, Megan hid it from everyone until she became a freshman at Houston's Prairie View A&M University.
When Megan was in high school, her unique stage name, "Megan Thee Stallion," came to life. Due to her curvy, voluptuous stature, the "Savage" crooner was being nicknamed "Stallion" by older men― a moniker famously given to thick women. The rapper didn't initially like the name but eventually accepted it, embracing it as who she is.
Megan Thee Stallion attends A Celebration of The Fearless Women in Music Hosted by YouTube Music and Megan Thee Stallion at Spring Studios on December 11, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images
After years of rapping behind the scenes, Megan released her first single, "Like a Stallion," in April 2016. However, her time in the spotlight didn't come until she broke the internet with her catchy verse on 'The Houston Cypher' over Drake's "4PM in Calabasas." The rapper's online audience grew, and she became a viral topic in Houston on Twitter.
Riding on the little fame, Megan dropped her mixtape "Rich Ratchet" and followed it with her first EP titled "Make It Hot" in 2017. She later got signed to 1501 Certified, a record label headed by a former baseball player, Carl Crawford.
Megan Thee Stallion speaks onstage during Beautycon Festival Los Angeles 2019 at Los Angeles Convention Center on August 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Beautycon
It has been about breaking barriers ever since for the 25-year-old who has released chart-toppers like "Savage," "Girls in the Hood," "Sex Talk," "Freak," "Hot Girl Summer," and "Big Ole Freak."
Megan has also worked with A-listers, including Beyoncé, to release the groundbreaking remix to "Savage." Her collaboration with fellow worker Cardi B for the hit song, "WAP."
Megan Thee Stallion attends the TIDAL X Megan Thee Stallion "Ain't Shit Sweet" Hottie Party at Public Arts on March 09, 2020 in New York City. | Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage
FACTS ABOUT MEGAN
Megan's curvy body and impressive music career are not all there is to the Houston native.
The five-foot-ten rapper is a health administration student at Texas Southern University, and she gracefully juggles her education and fame. After her studies, she plans to open assisted-living facilities in her community.
The hottie is also interested in saving the world as she finds new ways to be eco friendly and encourages her fans to do the same. When she isn't writing hot rhymes or performing, Megan loves to binge anime shows.