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,

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