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Q-Tip was a guest on My Expert Opinion and discussed how he ran across a video of Megan Thee Stallion three years before she blew up.
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It was 2018 and Q-Tip was so amazed he invited Meg out to New York to meet with both Def Jam and Columbia Records with his blessing. At this time, Megan was just starting out and the two labels had no interest in signing her due to analytics and social media data.
“The head of the company wasn’t there, Ron Perry, I guess he was detained, but we took the meeting anyways,” he explained during an episode of My Expert Opinion. “We sit at the meeting, it’s great. The dude comes back, ‘We saw the views, she’s good, we saw the views and everything, it was whatever. We could give her like $30,000.’ Just say you don’t wanna f*cking sign her, B. Don’t f*cking embarrass me like that.”
Q-Tip was confused as to how his co-sign wasn’t enough to push Meg, especially with his history of helping discover talents like Nas, Redman, and J Dilla.
“I was like, ‘I can’t do it.’ I guess the co-sign is not working anymore,” Q-Tip admitted. “The co-sign is kinda flimsy now because they rely on data.”
Now, Megan is considered one of the biggest names in mainstream Hip Hop and has an amazing résumé celebrating three Grammy Awards and a couple of Hot 100 No.1 hits.