What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is rapper, Mon'ro. Mon'ro's melodic trap sound paints a vivid narrative of his life experiences. We can definitely see him performing on major stages such as Coachella or Rolling Loud. The rising MC is making a buzz in his city so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Mon'ro? Your sound is dope! When did you start making music?
Mon'ro: I’ve been kicking lil freestyles & writing raps since middle school but I didn’t officially start recording music until 2009.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Mon'ro: I moved around a lot as a kid so I represent multiple cities
Breaux Bridge, La where I was born and where most of my mom side of the family is from.
Vinton, La where I lived for a while and built a strong foundation and made friends that I still have today and got my early start playing sports .
Orange, Tx where I graduated from (West Orange Stark High School) and also made dope friends that I still have today and played my later years of organized sports
Houston, Tx where I’ve always been or visited plenty times when we wasn’t living there because my dad and most of my family on his side lives in Houston but whether living there or not HOUSTON has always been my HOME!
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to those towns! So how did you create your stage name?
Monro: In high school my friend G-Wagg was looking at the attendance sheet with students names on it. He looked at me and said “aye yo middle name Mon’ro?” …I’m calling you that from now on. And from that point on it kinda stuck with me.
Westleaf Staff: That's a dope name. It's super inspiring. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Mon'ro: It played a major part in shaping my interest in music. Music was all around me. Some of my early impressions was the Legendary group UGK (RIP Pimp C) but my pops used to blast them in his Cadillac, I knew the song “Pocket full of stones” word for word at a young age. My mom jammed singers like Mary J Blige & Celine Dion while my grandmother listened to gospel music while we helped her clean up. So like I said, music was all around me lol
Westleaf Staff: Cool! So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Mon'ro: Chamillionaire, Jay - Z, Drake, and Lil Wayne. Chamillionaire is my favorite rapper hands down but like Jay - Z I admire how both those guys bossed up outside of music. Lil Wayne, I’m motivated by lil Wayne’s hip hop influence and the amazing consistency he's had. And Drake’s hip hop dominance is CRAZY and his musical quality is something I strive to achieve.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. Those are legends. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Mon'ro: If you ask me I haven’t had that yet. People around me might say otherwise but me personally I haven’t had a defining moment yet.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Congrats on the early success. So what makes you a unique artist?
Mon'ro: Because I’m “ME” on these records. I don’t sound like anyone else nor do I desire to sound like anyone else. My cadences are different, my energy is unmatched my bars are fresh , new, and not recycled. I love being different from everyone else. I embrace being me and doing my thang.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! You're super unique. So what does art mean to you?
Mon'ro: To me art means expressing yourself no matter what emotion in the most positive and creative way you know how.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Mon'ro: I most definitely see me going to new heights as long as I stay prayed up and give all the glory to my Lord and savior, do me, stay disciplined, and stay consistent. I don’t think even I can imagine how far I can go
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Mon'ro: Feelings on beats.
Twitter - @_itsmonro
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