Megan Jovon Ruth Pete (born February 15, 1995), known professionally as Megan Thee Stallion (pronounced “Megan the Stallion”, is an American rapper, singer, actress and songwriter. She released the EP Tina Snow in June 2018. She signed to 300 Entertainment in November 2018, making her the first female rapper on the label. Her first full-length project, Fever, was released on May 17, 2019. In 2019, Time placed her on their inaugural Time 100 Next list. Her third EP, Suga, was released on March 6, 2020.
Megan originated the viral catchphrase “hot girl summer” on social media. She first used the phrase in a tweet on April 14, 2018. It later appeared on the Fever album cover, which read “She’s thee HOT GIRL and she’s bringing THEE HEAT.” She defined the term as “…women and men being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up their friends, doing you.”She has applied to trademark the term. A song of the same name was released on August 9, 2019.
Megan Jovon Ruth Pete was born on February 15, 1995 in Bexar County, Texas, and raised in the neighborhood South Park in Houston. Her mother, Holly Thomas, rapped under the name Holly-Wood and would bring her daughter with her to recording sessions, instead of putting Pete in daycare. Pete and her mother eventually moved to Pearland, Texas, a suburb of Houston when she was 14 and lived there until she was 18.
Pete began writing her own raps at age 16. When she revealed to her mother that she wanted to rap, Holly required that Megan wait until she was 21 to pursue rapping as a career. Her mother, although impressed by her daughter’s rapping skills, commented that her lyrics were too suggestive for her young age. Pete graduated from Pearland High School in 2013.
In 2013, a clip of Megan Pete (now “Megan Thee Stallion”) went viral, where she was battling against male opponents in a “cypher” while a student at Prairie View A&M University. The viral video helped Pete gain a larger digital presence and following on social media. She has garnered fans by posting her freestyles on her Instagram since college. She refers to her fans as “hotties”, and credits her hyperactive fan base for her early success. She adopted the stage name Megan Thee Stallion because she was referred to as a stallion during adolescence due to her height (5’10”) and beauty.
After taking time off school, she resumed her studies at Texas Southern University in health administration, where she is a third year student as of 2019.
In her songs “Cocky AF” and “Freak Nasty” from her EP Tina Snow, she makes mentions to being part Creole.
In multiple interviews, Megan Thee Stallion has referred to herself as Tina Snow, one of her alter egos and also the name of her debut EP, Tina Snow. Tina Snow was influenced by Pimp C’s alias Tony Snow, and has similar confidence and an unapologetic sexually dominant delivery.
“Hot Girl Meg” is another alter ego who is described as embodying Megan Thee Stallion’s carefree and outgoing side, which she compares to a “college, party girl.” Megan Thee Stallion stated that she introduced “Hot Girl Meg” on her album, Fever.
On her Instagram, Megan Thee Stallion has also referred to herself as “Thee Hood Tyra Banks” while promoting her song “Pull up Late” from her EP Make It Hot.