Cape Town - Being at the forefront of a new wave of female rappers is where lyricist Patty Monroe currently finds herself. She is busting down stereotypical molds that envisions the female persuasion to be rapping about only boobs and ass.
Her debut single High Fashion produced by House Maestro Culoe De Song, presented a confident young woman who demands respect through her raps and rejects the notion that every female rapper is cast from the same dye and has to walk the same walk to be successful.
The Southern Suburbs native used her street smarts, rap abilities and songwriting skills to acquire a record deal with Afterlife Talent.
This blonde bombshell wants to model her music after something that isn’t often celebrated: being true to oneself. We spoke to the up-and-coming 19-year-old Capetonian rapper:
C24: Tell us more about yourself, where did you musical journey start.
PM: I'm just a young girl from Cape Town with some very big dreams, performing for people has always been in my blood. When I was in school my friends said I should be a singer, but then my brother put me on to Hip-Hop and I have not looked back since.
C24: Who are your musical inspirations?
PM: People who inspire me would be Godessa, Eryka Badu, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, Youngsta, AKA, Kid Ink, Wale ... There are just so many, oh and Frank Sinatra, Jhene Aiko for sure.
All I gotta do is hold my head up. And stay true. Make dope music and the rest is up to you...... @backtothecitySAA photo posted by Patty Monroe (@misspattymonroe) on Apr 30, 2015 at 7:08am PDT
All I gotta do is hold my head up. And stay true. Make dope music and the rest is up to you...... @backtothecitySA
A photo posted by Patty Monroe (@misspattymonroe) on Apr 30, 2015 at 7:08am PDT
C24: If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
PM: Definitely Pharrell and Will.I.am because they are always pushing boundaries. I would love to work with them, just for that studio time with them and to get a glimpse into how their minds work...that would be amazing!
C24: What is your take on SA acts opening up for international artists?
PM: I have the perfect quote from my latest single Stay Focused, "they say what you envision, is what you attract, I see myself performing as a Headline Act".
Some new heat for the streets. Fresh out the kitchen, so take a listen #StayFocused Check out my twitter for the link @MissPattyMonroeA photo posted by Patty Monroe (@misspattymonroe) on Apr 14, 2015 at 7:30am PDT
Some new heat for the streets. Fresh out the kitchen, so take a listen #StayFocused Check out my twitter for the link @MissPattyMonroe
A photo posted by Patty Monroe (@misspattymonroe) on Apr 14, 2015 at 7:30am PDT
C24: Do you feel any pressure to compete in a "male" dominated game?
PM: I don't really see this as a competition. The pressure that I feel comes from within me, to grow as a songwriter and a performer and to become the best me I can be.
C24: Your favourite song to listen to?
PM: That would depend on my mood, I have a catalogue of playlists for each and every mood. Music is always my best friend, and yes my best friend is a bit of a schizo.
Gorgeous photography done by the beautiful @thickleeyonceA photo posted by Patty Monroe (@misspattymonroe) on Jan 26, 2015 at 10:04am PST
Gorgeous photography done by the beautiful @thickleeyonce
A photo posted by Patty Monroe (@misspattymonroe) on Jan 26, 2015 at 10:04am PST
C24 If you could compare yourself to an established artist, who would it be?
PM: Being interviewed by Channel24 makes me established, LOL, so I would compare myself to me.
C24: Describe your sound in one sentence.
PM: A sassy eclectic journey into the mind of a born free.
C24: Best music video you've seen?
PM: Besides High Fashion, definitely Michael Jackson's Rock My World, it's a video I can watch over and over again.
C24: What was your inspiration for the music video High Fashion?
PM: Just bright colours, Culoe De Song said, "This song needs a video with bright colours" just after we finished recording. I asked my people on Facebook and they all had similar advice, so we thought bright colours and the rest just fell into place.
C24: What’s next for you?
PM: To take over the world, Pinky, to take over the world!
Watch Patty's hit single below:
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