Megan Thee Stallion

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Megan Jovon Ruth Pete (known professionally as Megan Thee Stallion) was born February 15, 1995 and is an American rapper.

She was born in San Antonio, Texas, and her mother, Holly Thomas, immediately moved to Houston after her birth. Thomas rapped under the name “Holly-Wood” and would bring her daughter with her to recording sessions instead of putting her in daycare.

Pete was raised in the South Park neighborhood of Houston, before moving with her mother to Pearland, Texas at age 14, where she lived until she turned 18. Pete began writing raps at age 14. When she eventually showed Holly her rapping skills at age 18, Holly required that Pete wait until she was 21 to pursue rapping as a career. Her mother commented that her lyrics were too sexually suggestive for her young age. Pete attended Pearland High School and graduated in 2013. Her father died during her freshman year of high school.

In 2013, while Pete was a student at Prairie View A&M University, she began uploading videos of herself freestyling on social media. A clip of Pete battling against male opponents in a “cypher” went viral. The exposure helped Pete gain a larger digital presence and following on social media. She garnered fans by posting her freestyles on her Instagram while in college. She refers to her fans as “hotties” and credits her hyperactive fan base for her early success. After taking time off from school, Pete resumed her studies at Texas Southern University. She graduated on December 11, 2021, with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration.

Megan Thee Stallion mentioned being part Creole in her songs “Cocky AF” and “Freak Nasty” as well as in a tweet in September 2017. Her mother, Holly Thomas, died in March 2019 from a longstanding cancerous brain tumor, and her grandmother died in the same month. In addition to acting as her manager, Megan’s grandmother was a major influence on her decision to study health administration and also helped foster her goal to establish assisted living facilities in her hometown of Houston.

She adopted the stage name “Megan Thee Stallion” because she was called a “stallion” in adolescence due to her height (5 ft 10 in (178 cm)) and “thick” body frame; voluptuous and statuesque women in the Southern United States are colloquially called stallions.

In April 2016, Megan Thee Stallion released her first single “Like a Stallion”. This was followed by the small SoundCloud-exclusive mixtapes Rich Ratchet (2016), and Megan Mix (2017). In September 2017, Megan Thee Stallion made her professional solo debut with the commercially released EP Make It Hot. In 2017, Megan Thee Stallion released the song “Stalli (Freestyle)”, as a rework of late musician XXXTentacion’s “Look at Me!”.

In early 2018, Megan Thee Stallion signed with 1501 Certified Entertainment, an independent label in Houston. The first female rapper signed to the label, she then performed at SXSW in March 2018. In June 2018, Megan Thee Stallion released a 10-song extended play titled Tina Snow under the label. The EP was named after her alter ego, “Tina Snow”, who she describes as “a more raw version” of herself. In November 2018, Megan Thee Stallion announced that she had signed with 300 Entertainment, making her the first female rapper to be signed by the label. It was during this time that she was scheduled to support Australian rapper Iggy Azalea on her Bad Girls Tour; however, the tour was later cancelled.

On January 22, 2019, Megan Thee Stallion released “Big Ole Freak” as a single from her EP, Tina Snow, and also filmed a music video for the track. The single, “Is It Love This Time”, is sampled throughout the single. Fever, her second mixtape, was released on May 17, 2019. On May 21, 2019, she released the music video for the opening album track, “Realer”, which is inspired by the blaxploitation film style. On June 20, 2019, she was announced to be one of eleven artists included in the 12th edition of XXL‘s “Freshman Class”. In July 2019, Chance The Rapper released his debut studio album, The Big Day, and Megan Thee Stallion was featured on the track, “Handsome”.

On August 9, 2019, Megan Thee Stallion released the single “Hot Girl Summer”, featuring fellow American rapper Nicki Minaj and singer Ty Dolla Sign. The song, an ode to her viral “hot girl summer” meme, came about after an Instagram Live session between Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion. The week thereafter, she featured on Quality Control compilation album, Quality Control: Control the Streets, Volume 2, on the track “Pastor”, alongside Quavo and City Girls. In September 2019, Megan Thee Stallion signed a management deal with Roc Nation. In October 2019, she created and starred in a horror series, Hottieween, directed by Teyana Taylor. In that same month, she performed a NPR Tiny Desk Concert during the Tiny Desk Fest.

In January 2020, Megan released the single “Diamonds” with singer Normani, for the soundtrack of the superhero film Birds of Prey released the same year. That same month, she announced her debut album Suga and released the lead single “B.I.T.C.H.”. In February 2020, she featured on the single “Fkn Around” by Phony Ppl, and appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing “B.I.T.C.H.”. The next month, she announced that her debut album was delayed as a result of her attempting to renegotiate her contract with 1501 Certified. She started the hashtag “#FreeTheeStallion” to raise awareness of the issue, noting that “[she did not] understand some of the verbiage” when she signed the initial contract.

On March 6, 2020, she released the EP, Suga, against the wishes of 1501, after a judge granted a temporary restraining order against the label. That same month, the song “Savage” from the EP went viral on TikTok, when popular user Keara Wilson used it for a dance challenge video. A remix featuring Beyoncé was released on April 29, 2020. Proceeds from the song went to Houston nonprofit Bread of Life which provides disaster relief for residents affected by COVID-19. Megan Thee Stallion was also judge on the HBO Max voguing competition show Legendary which debuted in May 2020. She released the song “Girls in the Hood” on June 26, 2020, before featuring on Cardi B’s single “WAP” and appearing in its music video in August 2020. 

Megan became a Global Brand Ambassador for Revlon in August 2020. In October 2020, she released the single, “Don’t Stop” featuring rapper Young Thug, and promoted it by performing it on the 46th season premiere of Saturday Night Live. She performed a “politically charged” version of “Savage” that evening, in which she addressed racism, the Attorney General of Kentucky Daniel Cameron, and sent a message about the importance of protecting black women and the Black Lives Matter movement. She continued working for this cause by writing an op-ed for The New York Times titled “Why I Speak Up for Black Women”, which received acclaim.

Megan Thee Stallion appeared in the 2020 comedy special Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine. On November 13, 2020, Megan Thee Stallion announced the release of her debut studio album Good News, which was released on November 20, 2020. The release of the album also coincided with its fourth single “Body” as well as its music video. In January 2021, Megan Thee Stallion was featured on the remix of Ariana Grande’s single “34+35”, the second single from her sixth studio album Positions alongside American singer and rapper Doja Cat. A music video for the remix was later released on February 12, 2021. In June, she released the single “Thot Shit” with a music video that follows around an hypocritical social conservative politician. Boy band BTS released a remix of the single “Butter” featuring the rapper. Megan Thee Stallion was featured on DJ Snake’s single “SG”, along with Ozuna and Lisa of Blackpink, released in October. Megan released Something for Thee Hotties, a collection of previously unreleased songs and freestyles, on October 29, 2021.

In September 2021, Post Malone announced the Posty Fest 2021 lineup, with Megan Thee Stallion as one of the performers at the festival based in Arlington, Texas, next October. 

Megan Thee Stallion graduated from Texas Southern University on December 11, 2021. Shortly after, Megan was honored with the 18th Congressional District of Texas Hero Award by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee for her philanthropy efforts in Houston. In the coming days after Megan’s graduation, she signed an exclusive first-look deal with Netflix that will see her create and produce executive content, including television series and other projects.

On March 11, 2022, Megan Thee Stallion released a collaboration with English singer Dua Lipa, named “Sweetest Pie”. On March 27, Megan made a surprise appearance at the 94th Academy Awards where she performed alongside various artists “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from the film Encanto. Megan made history becoming the 2nd female rapper to perform the Academy Awards. the first being Queen Latifah in 81st Academy Awards ceremony.

Outside of music, on February 15, 2022 – her birthday – Megan Thee Stallion announced the launching of a nonprofit, the Pete and Thomas Foundation, in honor of her late mother and father Holly Thomas & Joseph Pete Jr. The foundation seeks to help underserved communities in Houston, Texas and beyond with education, housing, and health and wellness needs. On May 1, 2022, the Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner honored Megan for her philanthropic and humanitarian efforts for the Houston people by proclaiming May 2 Megan Thee Stallion Day in Houston, Texas, which falls on the same day as her grandmother and late mother’s birthday. She received an honorary key to the City of Houston, a symbolic cowboy hat and belt buckle.

On August 11, 2022, Megan Thee Stallion took to Twitter to announce that her second studio album Traumazine would be released the next day.

Megan Thee Stallion is known for her confidence, sensuality, and explicit lyrics. She presents her sexuality throughout her lyrics, videos, and live performances. Megan Thee Stallion cites her mother as her first and biggest influence. She has considered Pimp C and his 2006 solo album, Pimpalation, an influence since her childhood, admiring his talk-rap delivery and “cockiness”, and stating that she wants to inspire the same confidence that the rapper does through his music. Other inspirations she has named are the Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim, Queen Latifah, and Three 6 Mafia, and she credits Q-Tip as her mentor.

She has also been influenced by Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj.

In multiple interviews, Megan Thee Stallion has referred to herself as “Tina Snow”, one of her alter egos and also the name of her debut EP, Tina Snow. It was influenced by Pimp C’s alias Tony Snow, and has similar confidence and an unapologetic sexually dominant delivery. “Hot Girl Meg” is another alter ego who is described as embodying Megan Thee Stallion’s carefree and outgoing side, which she compares to a “college, party girl.” She stated that she introduced “Hot Girl Meg” on her EP, Fever. She has also referred to herself as “Thee Hood Tyra Banks”.

Megan originated the viral catchphrase “hot girl summer” on social media. It is a derivative of another of her most-known catchphrases, “hot girl”, also derived from “real hot girl shit”. She first used the phrase in a tweet and it later appeared on the Fever album cover, which read, “She’s thee HOT GIRL and she’s bringing THEE HEAT.” She defined the term as “women and men being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up their friends, doing you.” Megan Thee Stallion officially trademarked the term “hot girl summer” in September 2019 after applying for it in July of that year.

In addition to “hot girl” and “hot girl summer”, Megan Thee Stallion is known for her signature ad-lib which involves sticking her tongue out, creating a “creaky”, audible “agh” or “blah” sound. In August 2019, Twitter created an official emoji for this tongue symbol which could be spawned directly after the hashtag “#megantheestallion”. This symbol also inspired the cover art of her EP Suga which was revealed in March 2020.

In September 2021, Megan partnered with Nike for a promotional campaign and fitness program through the Nike Training Club app. In October 2021, Megan appeared on First We Feast and Complex Media’s Hot Ones. On October 14, 2021, it was announced that Megan Thee Stallion signed a wide-ranging deal with multinational fast-food company Popeyes that includes her own Popeyes franchise, a new hot sauce (Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce) and co-branded merchandise. She partnered with Cheetos for a Super Bowl commercial in 2022.

In February 2022 it was announced that Megan will co-star in A24’s first movie musical titled F*cking Identical Twins, described as “a spin on The Parent Trap“.

Megan Thee Stallion contributed $15,400 worth of Thanksgiving turkeys and helped hand them out to 1,050 households in need at the Houston Food Bank Portwall Pantry in November 2019. In April 2020, she donated over $10,000 to Bail Relief Effort for Houston Protestors. The same month, Megan teamed up with Amazon Music to donate to a Nursing Facility in Houston. All the proceeds collected from Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce’s Savage (Remix) went to Bread of Life which help local Houston communities with Covid-19 Relief Efforts. The song was able to bring in over $2.5 Million dollars. In October 2020, Megan partnered with Amazon Music’s Rap Rotation to launch the “Don’t Stop” Scholarship Fund which awarded Two women of color pursuing an associate, bachelor or postgraduate degree in any field $10,000 scholarships each.

In February 2021, Megan launched Hotties Helping Houston and worked with Democratic Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee the National Association of Christian Churches and Disaster Services, Taraji P. Henson, 300 Entertainment, Maroon 5, Revlon, Mielle Organics, Fashion Nova, and Billie Eilish to help senior citizens and Single moms recover from storm.

In March 2021 Fashion Nova and Megan collaborated for the ‘Women on Top” initiative which would give away $1 million dollars to support women-led businesses and organizations with one of the recipients being the YWCA in Houston. The same month, Megan along with Fashion Nova and Journalist May Lee donated $50,000 after the Atlanta Spa Shootings to the legal Non-profit Advancing Justice Atlanta. In June 2021 Megan offered a Full-tuition, Four year Scholarship to Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment at Long Island University. In June 2021, Megan and Cash App partnered together to make “investing for Hotties” educational videos. This partnership also donated $1 million dollars worth of stocks to randomly-selected fans. In October 2021, as part of her wide-ranging agreement with Popeyes, Megan agreed to a six-figure donation to the charitable organization Houston Random Acts of Kindness.

BTS Army launched ‘Thee Army Fund” project in collaboration with the Hotties that raised over $120,000 to donate to Three different organizations (Woman for Afghan Women, Black Women of Wellness, and Houston Food Bank) in Megan Thee Stallion’s name to congratulate her on “Butter (Remix)”.

As a Part of Megan Thee Stallion ceremony to receive the key to the City of Houston her Non – profit Pete and Thomas Foundation donated $5,000 to Three people in the City of Houston to help with their education, housing, and wellness expenses.