After Megan Thee Stallion garnered attention, as a college student in Texas, from posting freestyling videos on Instagram, she quickly entered the hip-hop mainstream as a rapper, singer, and songwriter. Since 2017, Megan Thee Stallion has released three EPs including, Make It Hot, Tina Snow, and Suga. The latter two appeared on the US Billboard 200. She eventually signed to 300 Entertainment in 2018, releasing her first full-length mixtape Fever in 2019.
Her 2019 single “Hot Girl Summer,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, quickly began the anthem of the season. It has over 150 million plays on Spotify. This significantly boosted her popularity, but she hadn’t reached her peak.
Megan Thee Stallion’s career skyrocketed in 2020 with the release of her single “Savage.” The single went viral on the app TikTok, where it became a trend to show off a dance choreographed to a short clip of the song. Suddenly, Megan Thee Stallion watched her social media timelines flood with millions of people performing to her song, moving in synchrony to the pre-made dance. Because of the single’s popularity, “Savage'' reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. This landed her the opportunity to work alongside Beyoncé on a remix of the song.
Megan Thee Stallion then reached the number one spot again in August 2020 for her feature on Cardi B’s single “WAP”, breaking multiple streaming records. This song took Megan Thee Stallion viral again. Another choreographed dance, this time to “WAP”, circulated very quickly, and once again millions of people took it as a challenge to learn the routine and post a video to the app TikTok.
Megan Thee Stallion recently came into the spotlight again, but this time for her personal life. On July 15, 2020, she announced that she had suffered gunshot wounds and underwent surgery to remove the bullets. She newly stated that it was rapper Tory Lanez that shot her.
Most of Megan Thee Stallion’s fame, however, comes from her work and not the events of her life. Since the start of her career, Megan Thee Stallion has won two BET Awards, two BET Hip Hop Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, and a Billboard Women in Music Award. She credits her successful style to influences such as Beyoncé, Pimp C, Lil Kim, Biggie Smalls, and Three 6 Mafia. She now has over 31M monthly listeners on Spotify.
She is known for openly presenting her sexuality in her lyrics, videos, and performances. She stated to Pitchfork, “it’s not just about being sexy, it’s about being confident and me being confident in my sexuality.” Perhaps, it was her promiscuous style that influenced the sensual viral dances. Through moving to her music, millions have also found confidence and empowerment in Megan Thee Stallion’s music.
Even with her celebrity status and success, Megan Thee Stallion manages to find balance and continue semi-normal aspects of her life. She, now 25, is enrolled in Texas Southern University studying healthcare. On her reasoning for continuing this study, Megan Thee Stallion stated, “I got to get this degree. I already started it, and I’m interested in what I’m doing because I want to open up assisted-living facilities in the city.” How she can manage to balance fame, fortune, and regular student life is a mystery, and her millions of fans can’t wait to see where she goes next.