5 minutes with Patty Monroe
Patty Monroe (Photo: Supplied)
Johannesburg – With her unique look and sound, newcomer Patty Monroe is Killin It in the rap game at the moment. While on tour in Uganda and Nairobi, the muso took 5 minutes out of her busy schedule to have a chat with The Juice.
Sit down boys, cause this woman has plans of taking over the world.
Where did the name, “Patty Monroe” come from?
The name Patty Monroe came to me in two parts. Patty was the very first nickname I had gotten back in high school. Monroe comes from the whole scarlet, vintage vibe from the 20’s-40’s. I remember the day I heard Patty Monroe for the first time. I immediately fell in love with it and told my friend to write it down. The rest is history.
What’s been the most memorable part of your tour so far?
The most memorable moment for me was when I got on stage at the Life of Bebe Cool concert in Uganda. The stage setup was amazing, the people were fantastic and the love was just too real. It was life changing, straight up.
What would you say sets you apart from other rappers?
What sets me apart from the rest of the sausage fest would be the way I see the world. Your perspective is everything. It can take a bad experience and turn it into a life lesson. Not to mention the fresh, feminine flavour I stay’s packing.
When can we expect an album?
Hold onto your seats this September. I will be releasing my self-titled album. I cannot wait.
Any big collabs we can look forward to?
That, you will just have to wait and see my malatjies J
What are the biggest challenges you face as a female rapper, if any?
The challenges I face are the same as any other person. I don’t like to dwell on the negative too long but I will say this: The life I chose is not all sunshine and daisies. It’s real life and like real life it has just as many sacrifices and valleys. The views from the top of those valleys are what make it worthwhile.
Which international star would you most like to work with if you could?
Omgoosshh, I can’t just name one. It has to be Kaytranada, Pharrel, Erykah Badu, Missy Elliot , Skepta, Aka, Fally Ipupa, and Sarkodie.
Which local star would you most like to work with?
I don’t think there is anything as a local artist anymore.
What’s your writing process?
My writing process all depends on the moment I’m in. I can be on my way somewhere and just make a quick recording on my phone of a certain melody so that when I get home, I can start scripting. My writing process is very old school. I still put pen to the pad.
Who inspires you and why?
I draw my inspiration from everything I see, feel, hear and taste. Inspiration is all around us. It’s a really beautiful thing.
What are some of the biggest goals you would like to achieve in your career?
I want to reach the level of Grammy status in the next ten years and help feed the hungry people of Africa along the way.