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How Texas Rap Upstart Megan Thee Stallion Blew Up With Fire Rhymes And A Love Of Anime

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It’s been said that there is no such thing as an overnight success. That’s true. No star, from the brightest pop icon to the bubbling underground rap spark plug, ever achieved their status without a healthy amount of behind-the-scenes, sometimes unappreciated effort and determination to get their career off the ground.

However, a star’s upward trajectory can drastically shift in a moment; with a viral meme or the right hit single or co-sign, the steady, slow, slog to the heights of pop culture awareness can instantly accelerate — in what seems like a blink of an eye, a relative unknown can suddenly be everywhere you look.

That seems to be what’s happening with Texas rap upstart Megan Thee Stallion, who was just months ago toiling away, releasing solid but mostly unremarked-upon freestyles, mixtapes, and singles to Soundcloud and Youtube and has suddenly become the rap star du jour within the last few months — indeed, with the last few weeks.

Consider that in 2018, Megan — real name Megan Pete, 25-years-old, from Houston, Texas — released four music videos to her official Youtube page and as of this writing her latest video, which was only released a week ago, is on pace to surpass all their individual view totals by this time next week and all of their view totals combined by this time next month.

Megan is here, now. It’s time to get familiar.

Raised by her mother Holly Thomas in Houston, Megan was exposed to rap life early on, as Thomas, who rapped herself under the name Holly-Wood, brought Megan with her to the studio. A conscientious mom-ager, Holly also pushed Megan to delay her own rap dreams until she was 21-years-old, hoping she’d be better able to handle the responsibility.

It worked. Megan’s raps, polished and sharpened by freestyle battles at Prairie View A&M University, are as crisp as any 10-year veteran’s, helping her to gain recognition not for gimmicks or her looks, but for her flow, wordplay, and aggressive confidence, all of which are on full display in her 2018 EP, Tina Snow.

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