Savage: Year of the Stallion

Even the pandemic couldn't slow Megan down

She’s lyrically ferocious, flashy, and fly. A young woman who not only exuberates sexiness but is also dauntless in her sexuality. She not a common member of the herd. She’s the leader of the pack. She’s simply a stallion:  Megan that is.

With multiple anthems under her belt, Megan Thee Stallion is truly the pinnacle of what a hardworking hitmaker looks like.  Although 2020 has been a year of turmoil, Megan has proven that good music is the perfect escape from the world’s harsh realities. In addition to dominating radio’s airwaves, the Texas native also delivers creative music videos. She also has the ability to reproduce her impressive flair onstage through explosive live performances.

Born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, hip hop prowess seemed to be in Megan’s blood, as her love of the genre started at early age.  Her talents quickly blossomed once she started attending recording sessions with her mother Holly Thomas, who was then a rapper known as Holly-Wood. Soonafter, 16-year-old Megan began writing lyrics of her own. Once informing her mother of her desire to rap professionally, Megan was instructed to wait until she was 21 to pursue her career. This was on the account that her mother felt that her daughter’s lyrics were too provocative for her young age.

While a student at Prairie View A&M University, Megan began uploading her freestyling videos on Instagram. After a clip of her battling male opponents in a cypher went viral, she gained a large following on social media. Soonafter, “Megan Thee Stallion” was born. Naturally statuesque, she gained her stage name during adolescence due to her body frame and height of 5’10. After grinding for the next few years, Megan finally started to experience the fruits of her labor.

On March 6, 2020, Megan’s breakthrough hit “Savage” burst onto the scene. Produced by fellow Texas native J White Did It, the mega popular song soon went viral on TikTok, with people performing the “Savage” dance challenge. Ultimately, “Savage” was the most-played song on the popular social media platform, generating more than 7 billion views. Surprisingly, The “Savage fever” didn’t stop there.

On April 29, 2020, a remix featuring Beyoncé was released and met with even more critical acclaim. The “Savage” remix eventually reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Megan’s first number-one single on the chart. To date, “Savage” had sold over 3 million units in the US, receiving three Grammy nominations for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Record of the Year. Now that’s truly savage!

On June 26, 2020, Megan released the Eazy-E sampled hit, “Girls in the Hood“. The song received massive radio airplay. On August 7, Megan earned herself another hit by being featured on Cardi B’s “WAP”. “WAP” became Megan’s second number one single in the US, breaking the record for the most streams for its first week of release. On November 20, Megan released her debut studio album Good News. The album’s release also corresponded with its rising self-love single “Body”.

Both in her career, and this year alone, Megan Thee Stallion has received a pleothra of accolades, including American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, and a Billboard Women in Music Award to name a few. Time magazine even added Megan to its 2020 list of 100 most influential people. With so much prosperity this year, one can only wonder what she will accomplish next year.

Check out two of Megan’s best performances below.

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