New York Magazine

The Family Business

How did Megan Thee Stallion become the hottest rapper out of Houston? She got it from her mama.

HIP-HOP HAS not historically been welcoming to women who rap: They’re ignored or pitted against each other or allowed to be successful only one at a time. But when she was growing up in Houston in the late ’90s and early aughts, that never occurred to Megan Thee Stallion. Instead of going to day care, she spent afternoons in the studio with her mother, Holly Thomas, who rapped under the name Holly-Wood. “My mom is the first female rapper I’ve ever known. I’m thinking, like, Okay, yeah, this is normal. Everybody’s doing this, Megan, now 24, says. As Holly-Wood rapped,

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from New York Magazine

New York Magazine5 min read
Andrea Long Chu Wants More
The 26-year-old critic argues for a new understanding of gender and desire in her debut book, Females.
New York Magazine3 min read
Comments
1 For New York’s latest cover story (“Was It Worth It?,” September 30–October 13), 22 women and men talked about what happened after they came forward with accounts of sexual harassment and assault. Bruce Karp wrote, “This article made me wonder how
New York Magazine3 min read
The Original Whitney
Before she founded her own museum, sculptor and heiress Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney worked in this neoclassical art studio she built on Long Island. It was abandoned for nearly 40 years after her death, and her great-grandson lives in it today.