Born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete in San Antonio, Texas, she immediately moved to the Houston suburbs with her mom after her birth. Megan's father spent the first eight years of her life in prison and died when she was 15.
Her mother, Holly Aleece Thomas, had her own rap career and was known around Houston as Holly-Wood. She would bring Megan with her to recording sessions instead of putting her daughter in daycare. Sadly, she passed away in March 2019 after battling a cancerous brain tumor.
Megan started rapping when she was seven years old using a Barbie toy that played prerecorded instrumentals and beats. "I don't know who at [Mattel] thought of that," she recalled to GQ
, "but it was fire!"
Megan Pete used to get compliments from men for her 5' 10" stature and thick body frame. She got the nickname "Thee Stallion" in high school, "stallion" being a Southern slang term applied to big, attractive women.
She began writing her own raps at age 16 and built a fan base by releasing her tracks on SoundCloud. When Megan told her mom she wanted to pursue rapping as a career, Thomas told her to get a college degree first. She chose to study health administration at Texas Southern, inspired by watching her grandmother take care of her great-grandmother.
Megan's rapping career heated up once she started at college. In 2016, she went viral after a cypher of her freestyling over Drake's "4pm in Calabasas" hit social media. The following year, the Houston indie 1501 Certified released her professional solo debut mixtape, Make It Hot. Her fierce bars led to 300 Entertainment making her their first female rapper signee in November 2018.
On July 15, 2020, Megan sustained multiple gunshot wounds to her foot and had emergency surgery to remove the bullets. She claimed her fellow rapper Tory Lanez was the shooter and used the opening track
of her debut album to address the incident.
Megan Thee Stallion has long been calling herself a "Hot Girl," and she refers to her fans as "hotties." Her mission is to inspire her fans love their bodies and aspire to be as powerful, sexy and confident as she is.