Grammy-award-winning rapper and Texas Southern University alum, Megan Thee Stallion is the first Black woman to cover the Forbes 30 Under 30 issue.

The Forbes 30 Under 30 issue highlights trailblazers under the age of 30 who have made impressive and tremendous strides in their respective fields.

The rapper has undoubtedly taken the hip-hop world by storm, proving why she deserves a spot on the list. According to Forbes, she has brought in an estimated $13 million in earnings for 2022 through royalties, ticket sales, merch, and endorsements.

“It’s really hard to be the first something in 2022, so ahhhhh,” Megan said in response to the news. “I want to be bigger than just my music. I want people to know Megan as everything that she ever wanted to be. Megan, the artist. I feel like I’ve always liked to dibble and dab in a lot of different things and I feel like I got that from my mom and my dad.”

She added, “I could be Megan Thee Stallion. I could be creative. I could be Megan, the student. I’ma get my degree.”

Megan was also featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 in 2019, but as her fame has grown, this is her first time gracing the cover.

“I can’t slow down right now,” Megan told Forbes Senor Writer Jabari Young.

“I’ll take a break when I’m dead. I’m trying to really build something. When I start sitting, I feel like I’m not doing enough or I’m giving somebody else the opportunity to pass me.”

– Megan Thee Stallion

The Houston native has scored many brand endorsement deals with companies like Nike, Cheetos, Popeyes, Cash App, and Revlon, which has added to her success. She also has collaborated with music’s biggest stars— Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, BTS, Dua Lipa, and Cardi B.

Megan added that one of the biggest lessons she’s learned in the industry is to “save your money.” “I still haven’t made a stupid, crazy purchase. My jewelry is expensive, and my house was expensive, outside of that, I’m not buying 100 cars. Learn how to make your money work for you,” she added.


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