Megan Thee Stallion Honours Her Late Mother as “The Coldest Rapper Ever”

Long before Megan Thee Stallion began dominating the hip-hop scene with her fierce lyrical prowess, she honed her skills in rap battles with none other than her own mother, Holly Thomas, herself a rapper known by her stage name Holly-Wood. During an episode of Shannon Sharpe’s ‘Club Shay Shay’ podcast, the Grammy-winning artist credited her late mother as the primary influence behind her rap talents. 

“Me and my mama used to be going back and forth,” Megan reminisced about her competitive rap sessions with Thomas. “She was really the one, and I just wanted to beat her, and I wanted to impress her and I thought she was just the coldest rapper ever.” Reflecting on her close bond with her mother, Megan described Thomas, who passed away from brain cancer, as not just a parent but also her best friend. “My mama was my best friend,” Megan revealed emotionally. “It used to really just be me, her and my dad before he passed.”

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Megan’s father died when she was only 15 years old, during her freshman year of high school, which further strengthened her bond with her mother. “I ain’t care about having a bunch of friends and stuff because — and I was a very friendly kid — but I was the only child. So I just loved being around my mom.” When asked about her early influences in female rap, Megan emphasised her mother’s impact, stating, “I used to wanna be just like [her] because she was a rapper.” She fondly recalled how her mother introduced her to artists like Lil’ Kim, whom Thomas held in high regard as her favourite female rapper.

“She put me on Biggie before she put me on Lil’ Kim, and I used to love Biggie so much. I still love Biggie,” Megan shared. “But she was like, ‘If you like Biggie, I got something for you that’s gonna f— you up.’ So then she started playing me Kim, and I was like, what is this? So I definitely was on Kim early, but my mama was my favourite.”

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Before Megan ascended to global stardom, her mother had her own stint in music from 2001 to 2007 and later became Megan’s manager. Recalling her early days in the studio with her mother, Megan told how she would observe Thomas recording tracks, planting the seeds for her own future in music.

“My mom is the first female rapper I’ve ever known,” Megan remarked. “I’m thinking, like, ‘Okay, yeah, this is normal. Everybody’s doing this.’” Unbeknownst to Thomas, Megan was quietly absorbing everything. “Really, I was close to the door, thinking, Yeah, uh-huh, I’ma do that, too.” Through her mother’s legacy and guidance, Megan Thee Stallion not only found her calling but also continues to pay homage to the woman who inspired her journey into the rap world.

-Sushmita Sarkar