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Megan Thee Stallion's Rise to Fame — College, Her Nickname Origin and Initial Success

Edduin Carvajal
Oct 08, 2020
07:00 A.M.
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The success story of award-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who has been taking over the music industry since 2017, is nothing short of impressive.


Although Megan’s career skyrocketed in 2019, it is fair to say that she was born to be a successful rapper. She grew up in a South Park neighborhood in Houston, Texas, with her mother, Holly Thomas.

Talking to People, the rapper revealed that, as a child, she saw her mom and grandmother as two very independent women who would go to work every single day to provide for their family.

Megan Thee Stallion at Spring Studios on December 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images



Megan added that her “big mama” owned three houses in South Park, so she was always aware of her drive and that she was “going hard” for her loved ones.

It was a necessity, really, as Megan’s dad, who was in and out of prison, passed away when she was only 15 years old, so it was up to her maternal family to make sure that she was properly taken care of.


According to the rapper, her mother and two maternal grandmothers did their best to keep any money problems they might have faced away from Megan. She explained:

“We could’ve been struggling, but they made it work. I’ve always seen strong women making it work, so I’ve always wanted to have that same drive.”



With those role models in her life, it was only natural for Megan to become the strong, independent woman she is nowadays. Fortunately, she was surrounded by the hip-hop culture from a very young age, as well.

Megan Thee Stallion’s mom used to be a rapper known as Holly-Wood. During her heyday, Holly would take her daughter to some of her late-night studio sessions.


Probably inspired by her mom’s talent, the young Megan started writing her own songs, but kept them under wraps. Eventually, she told Holly about it, but she requested that Megan pursue a career in the music industry only after turning 21.

That day came, and the now-famous rapper made sure to keep her mother by her side for as long as she could. Holly not only became Megan’s manager but also used to be with her in the studio.



According to Megan, her mother would get “so hyped” during her recording sessions in the studio that she would tell her daughter, “Megan, I’m about to get in the booth and come out with another mixtape.”

Unfortunately, that never happened as Holly Thomas died in March 2019 due to a cancerous brain tumor. One of her grandmothers also passed away in the same month.

[Megan] went to Texas Southern University to get a degree in health administration.


Things have been getting more complicated for Megan Thee Stallion in the past couple of months as she revealed that Canadian rapper Tory Lanez shot her in both feet after reportedly leaving a party.

However, Megan initially told the police that she had stepped on broken glass as she was afraid the situation could escalate if the officers knew that a gun was involved. Tory was eventually charged with carrying a concealed weapon, but he denies Megan’s claims.



As per her unusual moniker, “Thee Stallion,” Megan told Houstonia Magazine that she has always had the same body ever since she was 15 or 16 years old. For that reason, older men would call her “a stallion.”

Initially, she didn’t know if that was a good thing or not, but people simply “took it and ran with it.” Eventually, Megan included “Thee Stallion” in her Twitter name, and that’s how she has been known ever since.


While the rapper has a promising career in the music industry, she has always known the importance of going to college. For that reason, she went to Texas Southern University to get a degree in health administration.

Megan Thee Stallion explained that she realized she wanted to establish a facility where the elderely could get the best end-of-life care after watching her own grandmother take care of her great-grandmother in the latter's final days. Way to go, Megan.

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