Megan Thee Stallion's Incredible Rise: Houston Hottie To Global Superstar

Megan Thee Stallion's career up to this point is shared in this comprehensive bio of her life as a woman in the rap game.

BYPaul Barnes
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Megan Thee Stallion is one of the most popular women in the rap game today. From her humble origins with her freestyles going viral to collaborating with one of the biggest artists of all time to going through multiple traumatic events, her life has indeed been a journey. Megan has pursued through it all and has found happiness in the midst of it. Her last relationship with rapper-songwriter Pardison Fontaine was quite public, but she may have moved on to a new one with soccer player Romelu Lukaku. Meg was originally quite open with things like this, in addition to being interactive on social media. However, after a hiatus, she’s since returned, but most of her social media posts have been for promotional purposes.

Meg’s Career Took Off Through the Internet

Tina Snow is an essential project from Megan The Stallion. This project included some of her early hits like “Big Ole Freak,” “Neva,” “Hot Girl,” and “Cognac Queen.” “Tina Snow” is one of several personas Meg created to differentiate between her delivery and production choices in her music. This version of her favors the Houston sound she grew up on. Her mother, Holly Thomas, was a big inspiration for this sound as she was also an artist at one point who went by the name Holly-Wood and, naturally, was Meg’s number-one supporter. This support was both sentimental and business related as she was Meg’s manager, too. Unfortunately, she passed away in March 2019. The loss was devastating for Meg; she had to deal with it just as her career was taking off and she was in the public eye. 

Meg Took Some Losses, But She Bounced Back

Megan, unfortunately, had to deal with the loss of her grandmother two weeks after her mother's passing. She posted a video on Instagram about how hard it was to lose the most important women in her life: “Although all these positive things have been happening to me, and I’ve been trying to do good, been trying to keep a smile on my face, stay strong…” she said. “I just wanted to spread some positivity and tell y'all to stay positive, stay kind through your hard times because the pain doesn’t last forever. Try not to get in a dark place…” As her career continued, she would share more vulnerable moments like this in her music. 

Megan Thee Stallion's reach grew when she dropped her highly successful project Fever in May 2019. This project introduced her listeners to the “Hot Girl Meg” persona. This persona focused on carefree confidence and upbeat danceable production. Megan promoted the project by declaring it signified the beginning of “Hot Girl Summer,” which has become part of her brand. Fever had several songs produced by legendary southern artist Juicy J and others from her go-to producer, LilJuMadeDaBeat. This project included one of her most popular songs, “Cash Sh*t,” which featured DaBaby and went triple platinum. However, her next move was even bigger as she signed a management deal with Roc Nation in September 2019.

Megan Thee Stallion Had An Eventful 2020

Megan Thee Stallion took over the rap world even more when she dropped her song “Savage” in March 2020. The four times platinum hit blew up even more when she dropped a remix that featured Beyoncé in April. The song found Beyoncé in her infrequently used rap bag and was a win for listeners not only from Houston but for listeners all over who had been supporting Meg. She had secured a feature from the most prominent artist from her state, who was also one of the biggest artists in the world. After a few other singles, she dropped her debut album Good News in November 2020. However, she went through another traumatic event in the summer of that year, which she addressed in that project. Rapper Tory Lanez shot Megan Thee Stallion in the foot in July 2020.

The Tory Lanez situation is part of Megan Thee Stallion's story that arguably harmed her career. The case followed Meg everywhere until it ended in May 2023. Tory was found guilty and will reportedly be sentenced in June 2023. Megan dealt with hardship in terms of her music, too. Her contractual situation involved her suing her label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, as well as them counter-suing her.

The definition of what counts as an “album,” which is its own topic in the music world, was a part of the disagreement. A judge would side with Megan, agreeing that her 2021 project, Something For Thee Hotties, should be treated as an album. The 1501 bosses argued it couldn't be counted toward her contractual obligation with the label. The pair of entities are still engaged in a multimillion-dollar legal showdown.

Megan's List Of Accomplishments Continues To Grow

Megan Thee Stallion's bio has many positive moments. She did a Super Bowl commercial for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and appeared on the shows Good Girls, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and P-Valley. She will also reportedly star in a new film from A24 titled F*cking Identical Twins. Megan has also been open about loving anime and has done a merchandise deal with Crunchyroll that featured a character modeled directly after her. One of her biggest accomplishments is winning three Grammys in 2021 for Best New Artist, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance. Meg has won BET Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, American Music Awards, and more. While tackling it all, she also graduated from Texas Southern University in 2021.

Megan Thee Stallion’s latest album, Traumazine, dropped in August 2022. It showed Megan at her most vulnerable yet and, naturally, had her speaking on her life's journey and controversies. Since then, she’s been much more low-key on social media. In a recent interview with InStyle, she gave an update on the next phase of her career: “Fans can expect new music when I’m in a better place…Right now, I’m focused on healing. The music and entertainment industry can be a grind, so it’s important to take time off and avoid burning out…life is all about balance.” Megan Thee Stallion’s listeners have been respectful of her time away, and considering everything she’s done so far, they know when she returns, it’ll be in full force.

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