Megan Thee Stallion, a Houston-based female rapper, needs no introduction among rap enthusiasts. For those who know her through her hit tracks, like "Sweetest Pie" and "Savage," can attest to her perplexing dance routines over the songs' skippy hip-hop beats.
Apart from her fierce lyrics and catchy anthems, she actively participates in philanthropic projects. Her music industry accomplishments and philanthropic pursuits prove that hard work and talent can lead to success. In 2023, Megan has achieved a lot. This guide highlights some of her notable triumphs.
Soaring Musical Success
After Megan entered into the music business, she was signed to the 1501 recording label to help her in the different aspects of the music business. However, a few years after signing the contract, she wanted better terms based on her growing success and popularity. Megan claims the label did not honor her request to re-negotiate or terminate her contract. This led her to file a lawsuit against them, and thankfully, in 2023, after three years of litigation, Megan Thee Stallion and the record label settled to amicably part ways.
Shortly after splitting with 1501 Entertainment came another big win—securing a distribution and services deal with the Warner Music Group. Unlike her previous deal, her partnership with Warner Music Group allowed her to own her music while benefiting from the label's established radio and television connection and a vast marketing network. The signing of this also made her among a few musicians disrupting the conventional approach to the music business where artists surrender recording rights for promotional and financial gain.
Megan has also been part of memorable music festivals in 2023. The most notable being the NCCA Match Madness Musical Festival. This three-day festival took place in her hometown of Houston, with Megan heading the performances. She was also part of the Hulu Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans, headlined by legendary music artists like Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill, which aired live on Hulu. Some of her chart-topping songs of 2023 include "Bongos," where she collaborated with Cardi B, and "Cobra," a song that's to be part of her upcoming album.
Philanthropy and Activism
Megan Thee Stallion also led a national campaign (Seize the Awkward) to help prepare young adults to speak openly about mental health with their friends. In a public service advertisement titled "Check on your friends," Megan speaks about the benefits of peer-to-peer support, reiterating that having a strong support system can make a huge difference in someone else's life.
Beyond seizing the awkward campaign, Megan's Pete and Thomas Foundation partnered with the Southern Black Girl and Women Consortium, a Black women's philanthropy group, to host the Black Girl Joy Challenge launched during the International Day of the Girl Child. On this day, Megan awarded over 100 micro-grants to girls aged 12 to 24 years old across the United States who showed creative ideas to spread positivity in their communities.
Making Major Steps Amidst Prevailing Challenges
Despite Megan's challenges in 2023, particularly the court battles with the record label and Tory Lanez, she has achieved great success. After signing a distribution deal with Warner Music Group, she now has ownership rights to her recordings and only uses the company to help promote her music.
Additionally, she is involved in initiatives that help young girls learn about the importance of good mental health and promote mental wellness among girls. In doing so, she’s contributing towards reducing the cases of suicide and mental illnesses among young adults.