The Evolution of Megan Thee Stallion

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Megan Thee Stallion has had a hell of a career, and she’s only 27. Her meteoric rise as one of the most popular rap artists in the world is nothing short of impressive, but it hasn’t come without its own set of hurdles and struggles. .

Here is the evolution of Megan Thee Stallion.

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Photo: @theestallion/Instagram

Photo: @theestallion/Instagram

Megan Jovon Ruth Pete was born in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 15, 1995, to Holly Thomas. Shortly after she was born, she moved to Houston, where she was raised.

An early love for music

Photo: @theestallion/Instagram

Photo: @theestallion/Instagram

Megan’s love for music comes from her mother. Growing up, Thomas rapped under the name “Holly-Wood” and introduced her to the rap world. As a result, Megan fell in love with hip-hop and started writing her own rhymes. Her mother, however, required that she wait until she turned 21 to pursue the rap life.

Prairie View A&M University


After graduating from high school, Megan enrolled at Prairie View A&M University, where she started uploading videos of herself freestyling, and rapping in cyphers. These videos helped grow her social media influence and she started to gain a following on the internet.

Early Music

‘Last Week in HTx’ – Megan Thee Stallion

Megan first started releasing music in 2016, putting out mixtapes on her SoundCloud such as Rich Rachet in 2016 and Megan Mix in 2017. Her first official release was the Make It Hot EP.

1501 Certified Entertainment

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Photo: Prince Williams/Wireimage (Getty Images)

In 2018, Megan signed with 1501 Certified Entertainment, an independent record label in Houston, becoming the first female rapper signed to the label. It was founded by former MLB player Carl Crawford.

Tina Snow

Megan Thee Stallion – Big Ole Freak [Official Video]

The project that increased her notoriety was 2018’s Tina Snow, which featured her most popular single at the time, “Big Ole Freak.” The hit single was her first song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

Mother passed

Screenshot: YouTube

Screenshot: YouTube

In March 2019 Megan’s mother, Holly Thomas, passed away after being diagnosed with brain cancer. In an emotional Instagram post, Megan wrote, “The best mom in the whole world. The strongest woman on the planet. I can’t even put complete sentences together rn RIP mama.”

“Hot Girl Summer”

Megan Thee Stallion – Hot Girl Summer ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign [Official Video]

The Houston rapper’s 2019 single, “Hot Girl Summer,” featuring Ty Dolla Sign and Nicki Minaj became a huge hit thanks to the viral meme. The track and the meme officially became the summer anthem for all women at the time. The track eventually peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Issues with labels

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Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic (Getty Images)

Megan voiced frustrations with her label 1501 Certified Entertainment and attempted to negotiate a way out of her contract so she could release her much anticipated debut album.


Megan Thee Stallion – Savage [Lyric Video]

Before the release of her debut album, Megan dropped the EP, Suga, which featured the single, “Savage,” which instantly became a hit on the popular social media app, TikTok. The song eventually went to a whole new level when fellow Houston native, Beyoncé, hopped on the remix of the track.

The Tory Lanez Incident

Rapper Tory Lanez Facing Assault, Gun Charges For July Shooting Of Megan Thee Stallion

On July 15, 2020, after attending a house party at Kylie Jenner’s house with Tory Lanez and her then-friend and assistant Kelsey Harris, Megan was shot in both of her feet. Originally claiming that the wounds were from stepping on glass, the “Savage” rapper later accused Lanez of shooting her feet. Later that year, Lanez was charged with shooting Megan.

Good news

Megan Thee Stallion – Body [Official Video]

Four months after the incident, Megan released her debut studio album Good news which featured the popular songs, “Cry Baby,” “Body,” and “Girls in the Hood.” The opening track, “Shots Fired,” is a diss towards Lanez and samples the classic 1995 Notorious BIG song, “Who Shot Ya?”


Meg Thee Stallion Graduation

During her rise in the music industry, Megan still worked to get her degree from Texas Southern University, eventually graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration. She walked the stage in December 2021.

Gayle King Interview

“I was really scared.” Megan Thee Stallion on 2020 shooting allegedly involving rapper Tory Lanez

During an April 2022 interview with Gayle King, the Houston rapper opened up about the 2020 shooting and her relationship with Tory Lanez. She explained in detail what happened the night of the shooting. But, she also denied having an intimate relationship with Lanez, which turned out to be true.


Megan Thee Stallion – Plan B [Official Video]

In August 2022, Megan released her sophomore studio album Traumazine which included the hit track, “Plan B.”


Photo: Taylor Hill (Getty Images)

Photo: Taylor Hill (Getty Images)

In November 2022, Megan graced the cover of Forbes magazine, becoming the first Black woman to land the famed “30 Under 30” cover. Forbes estimated that Megan earned $13 million in 2022.

Tory Lanez Trial

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Photo: Aaron Armond / Los Angeles Times (Getty Images)

After months of delays, the Tory Lanez felony assault trial finally began on December 12, 2022 with opening statements. After weeks of testimony from Megan and her ex-friend and assistant, Kelsey Harris, Lanez was found guilty of all charges which included discharging a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a semiautomatic firearm that caused bodily injury and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. He faces a maximum of 23 years in prison.

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