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Meet Mone’ of Bravo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mone’ .

Mone’, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started rapping when I was just 12 years old. I remember I was just in middle school writing rhymes. Still to this day I have everything I ever wrote. Some of it was corny, but it is what it is. Believe it or not one of my main influence was Bowwow. You know how the girls was in love with the Romeo or Bow… I was one of them! Overall, Jay Z, Wayne, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Drake, J. Cole, and Kevin Gates, (not in order) are some of my favorite artists. I start performing in 2014, so I’ve been doing this for a while. I started taking it serious about a year or two ago, only because I lost a lot of confidence, and I was contemplating if I really wanted to do this. Trials and tribulations is what got me to continue to do what I love. This is not a hobby for me this is passion, and I can’t wait for what God has in stores for me.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s never a smooth road when you’re in the music business. I faced a lot of adversity especially being a gay female rapper. I’m not girly, and I don’t talk about abcd all the time, so when I come with some real shit I have been overlooked. Yeah, they’ll acknowledge the rhymes or whatnot, but taking it to the next level was a challenge. Let’s be real before Young MA came out it was hard for studs to make it to a bigger platforms than other female rappers. Now, I’m not trying to sit here and separate the two on pros and cons, but it was reality. She honestly paved a way for a lot of females that’s not selling sex or talking about bullshit in their rhymes. Bar for bar is how I’m coming, and I appreciate her for doing that. I feel as though it’s a little easier now and especially with social media being the way that it is… Anyone is bound to blowup!

Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
I’m talent! I feel like what set me apart from others is my flow, and that I don’t lack substance when I rhyme. Personally, I feel like I have Wayne mixed in me back when the Droughts & No Ceilings was popping! Basically, I can come with a lot of diversity, and that’s the main goal. Every time I spit you get me (Mone’), and I don’t do this to be heard. I do this to be felt I swear. I can’t understand how this generation love with AAAA or ABCDEFG rapping. There’s no AA BB, AB AB, or anything just the same shit. In my songs, or freestyles you’re going to get something meaningful point blank. Now, don’t get me wrong I understand that’s what’s selling in today’s market, but I’m going to talk my shit regardless, and that’s what you’re going to get when you hear me. I also write poems, make beats, produce if I feel like it. I’m not trying to be cocky… I’m just confident!

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I necessarily haven’t hit the “proudest moment” in my career just yet, but I’m grateful that people are supporting me, and finally notice the creativity and how hard I go. Also, I learned a lot within the business itself, so I guess that can be a “proud moment” because it’ll separate me from what I do know now vs me not making that same mistake again.

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Huey Bravo, @sheezking, @foreign_photogod

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