From being on Billboards Top 100 to being shot in the foot, Megan Thee Stallion has proved herself a music industry icon and source of positivity for women everywhere.
Born in Texas, the now-accomplished rapper grew up listening to her mom rap. Holly Thomas — most notably known as rap artist Holly-wood — elected to bring Megan, born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, with her to recording sessions rather than leaving her at daycare. At the ripe young age of 16, Megan decided she wanted to start rapping, and she did. It was not long before her mom asked her to wait until she was 21, worried that Pete’s lyrics were too explicit for her age.
It was not until 2013 that she began to obtain some attention for her skills. While at Prairie View A&M University, she battled male opponents. A clip of her battling went viral, thus gaining more attention for her talent. After going viral, she took off from school a bit before returning in 2019 to continuing studying health administration.
2016-2018 saw the introduction of her alternate ego Tina Snow, whom she named her 2018 album Tina Snow. The album featured her first Billboard hit record Big Ole Freak which landed #65 the charts in 2019. She went on to have several top 10 hits afterward in the form of “Cash Shit”, “Savage”, “Hot Girl Summer”, “Nasty”, and “Girls in the Hood”.
These hit records include features from artists like Nicki Minaj and DaBaby, enriching her work by showing her ability to collaborate and keep up with others. As if her hits were not enough, she even made it to XXL’s freshman 2019 which is not the extent of her accolades. In 2019 she received three awards: an MTV Video Music Award for Best Power Anthem (“Hot Girl Summer”), BET Hip Hop Award for Best Mixtape (“Fever”), and a BET Hip Hop Award for Best Hot Ticket Performer. In 2020 she received the BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and the BET Award for Viewer’s Choice.
However, Megan has suffered a series of hardships. In 2019, her mother/manager Holly Thomas succumbed to a brain tumor. In that same month, she also lost her grandmother. As if that was not enough, America’s favorite hot girl was shot in the foot. Following a dive with Tory Lanez and another woman, Megan Thee Stallion was shot in the foot. In footage provided by TMZ, viewers can see Megan limping out of the vehicle during the arrest, cops watching her closely with a bright light focused on her. The artist was terribly upset with how the internet treated her injury.
“Black women are so unprotected & we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others w/o considering our own.” Megan stated, “It might be funny to y’all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about, but this is my real life and I’m real life hurt and traumatized.”
However, Megan’s injury is not enough to keep her down. In a statement released on her Instagram, @theestallion, she reminded fans that she was “never arrested” and recognizes the need to focus on protecting her “energy” during her recovery period.
For her tenacity, strength, and overall positivity throughout her life — Black Girl Nerds recognizes Megan Thee Stallion as our artist of the month. We love that Megan is a fellow anime geek and we support you. Feel better soon, your “hotties” are praying for you.