Megan Thee Stallion: The Houston Rapper Who Took the Music Industry by Storm
Updated: Aug 7
Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, known professionally as Megan Thee Stallion, is one of the most influential and talented rappers of our time. Hailing from Houston, Texas, the 27-year-old artist has taken the music industry by storm, breaking records, winning awards, and making history along the way. Megan grew up in a family of musicians. Her mother, Holly Thomas a.k.a. Holly-Wood, was a rapper. Megan's father Joe Pete passed away when she was just 15 years old, leaving her to pursue her dreams on her own. Megan began writing raps when she was just 14 years old, and by the time she was in college, she had already gained a significant following on social media.
Megan Thee Stallion's rise to fame began in 2013, when she started posting videos of her freestyling on social media, which helped her gain even more fans. She released her first mixtape, "Rich Ratchet," in 2016, which earned her local recognition. She saw additional success in 2017, with the release of her debut single, "Like a Stallion." Since then, she has released three studio albums, multiple mixtapes, and countless hit singles. In total, Megan Thee Stallion has sold over 30 million records worldwide, including over 14 million singles and 1 million albums in the United States alone.
Her music has also dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with several of her songs reaching the top 10. The single "Hot Girl Summer" is a song by American rapper Megan Thee Stallion, featuring guest vocals from fellow rapper Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla Sign. The song was released on August 9, 2019, as a single.
The song was well received by audiences and became an anthem for female empowerment and body positivity. The phrase "hot girl summer" became a viral meme and cultural phenomenon, representing a carefree and confident attitude.
Megan Thee Stallion's previous releases had garnered critical acclaim, but "Hot Girl Summer" marked a significant milestone in her career, as it reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it her first top 20 hit.
The collaboration with Nicki Minaj also helped to boost the song's popularity and further cemented Megan Thee Stallion's status as one of the rising stars in hip-hop. Later, with the success of “Hot Girl Summer”, Megan Thee Stallion’s released her single “Savage”. She then released "Savage Remix" featuring Beyoncé which reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2020, making it her first number one hit. Her collaboration with Cardi B on "WAP” release August 7, 2020 debuted at No. 1 on the chart, making Megan Thee Stallion the first female rapper in history to achieve two No. 1 debuts on the chart and gave Cardi B her fourth chart topper. The song was met with controversy due to its explicit content, which led to it being banned in some countries and criticized by conservative groups. This controversy generated even more attention and interest in the song.
The song spent four consecutive weeks at the top of the chart and was certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 5 million units in the country. It also spent ten weeks at the top of the Billboard Streaming Songs chart, breaking the record for the most weeks at number one by a female artist. "WAP" was also a commercial success internationally, topping the charts in several countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. It was certified Platinum or higher in several countries, including Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
In terms of sales, "WAP" was a massive success, both digitally and physically. The song sold over 500,000 digital downloads in its first week in the United States, breaking the record for the highest first-week sales for a female artist. It also generated over 93 million streams in its first week, breaking the record for the most streams in a single week in the United States.
The song's success also extended to its music video, which garnered over 26 million views in its first 24 hours on YouTube, breaking the record for the most views in a single day for a female-led music video. As of March 2023, the music video has over 1.6 billion views on YouTube.
Overall, "WAP" was a massive commercial success, topping charts worldwide and breaking several records. Its success also helped Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion become the first female rappers collaboration to debut at number one on the Hot 100 chart.
Since her breakout hit, Megan Thee Stallion has released two studio albums: "Fever" (2019) and "Good News" (2020). Both albums have been well-received by fans and critics alike, with "Good News" debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.
In addition to her chart-topping success, Megan Thee Stallion has also been recognized for her talent with numerous music award nominations and wins. She has been nominated for nine BET Awards, winning three, and has also won three MTV Video Music Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards, and a Billboard Women in Music award. In 2021, she won three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song.
Megan Thee Stallion is not only a talented musician but also a driven and accomplished individual. She graduated from Texas Southern University in 2019 with a degree in Health Administration and is a recipient of several scholarships. In 2020, she partnered with Amazon Music to donate money to Houston-based non-profit organizations, and she also created the "Don't Stop Scholarship Fund" to help support women of color pursuing higher education.
She has also been involved in various community service projects over the years, including providing financial assistance to families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Megan Thee Stallion was also named as Revlon's Global Brand Ambassador in 2020, representing the brand's Live Boldly campaign.
Megan Thee Stallion has collaborated with numerous high-profile artists, including Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Durk, among others. She is also managed by Roc Nation, the management company founded by Jay-Z, and has been featured on the cover of several major magazines, including Time, Rolling Stone, and Harper's Bazaar.
In addition to her success in music and community service, Megan Thee Stallion has also made strides in the fashion and entertainment industries. She has modeled for Savage X Fenty, the lingerie brand founded by Rihanna, and has also made appearances in several movies and TV shows, including Saturday Night Live and American Horror Story.
Overall, Megan Thee Stallion's rise to fame has been nothing short of impressive. From her chart-topping success to her philanthropic efforts and business ventures, she is a true inspiration to millions of fans around the world. And with her drive, talent, and determination, there is no telling what she will achieve next.