Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion began gaining attention in 2016, first with a standout verse on various-artists rap showcase The Houston Cypher. Sexually charged lyrics and nonstop confidence defined her style, and she quickly took off locally. Her first official single came with 2016's "Like a Stallion," and her presence on the Houston rap circuit was solidified by decimating all opponents in local freestyle competitions. Sexually explicit lyrics and effortless flows became signatures of her sound, and after the less widely distributed 2016 mixtape Rich Ratchet, in 2017 she released the singles "Pull Up Late" and "Stalli (Freestyle)," the latter of which had an accompanying video that would be viewed millions of times. The seven-track EP Make It Hot arrived that same year and a slowed-down "chopped" remix version of the EP followed the next year. Megan's fame grew quickly, and as she gained more fans and followers, she released her most considerately produced work to date in 2018 with the ten-song Tina Snow. The collection featured a cameo from Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo and production from Concept P.