Hip Hop Ladies Night – Artist Review – LoLa Monroe

LoLa Monroe

Background information

Birth name – Fershgenet Melaku
Born – October 25, 1986 (age 26)
Ethiopia
Origin – Washington, DC, United States
Genres – Hip hop
Occupations – Rapper, model, actress
Years active – 2006–present
Labels – Blue Rose Entertainment, Taylor Gang
Associated acts – Wiz Khalifa, Lil Boosie, Trina, Juicy J, Los, Chevy Woods

Website – theeofficiallolamonroe.com

Fershgenet Melaku, better known as LoLa Monroe, is an Ethiopian-born American rapper, model and actress.

Early life

Monroe was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in Washington D.C..[1] She is of mixed Trinidadian and Ethiopian descent.[1][2]

She began writing poems and songs at the age of 12.[3]

Career

Monroe made her acting debut in the Wendy Williams biopic Queen of Media and later acted in Crazy like a Fox. She began modeling and appearing in music videos for various artists. She later became LoLa Monroe in 2007; “Monroe” is a reference to the actress, model, film producer and singer Marilyn Monroe.[4]

In June 2009, Monroe released her first mixtape, Boss Bitch’s World. Her second mixtape, The Lola Monroe Chronicles: The Art of Motivation, was issued in October. She also released her collaboration mixtape Untouchables later the same year.[5]

In September 2010, Monroe released her mixtape’s first single, “Overtime”. A video for the song was also recorded and premiered on 106 & Park. In December 2010, LoLa released her fourth mixtape, Batteries Not Included.[6]

Monroe was nominated for Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards of 2011.[7]

Artists who have influenced her musical style include Jay-Z, Tupac Shakur, MC Lyte, Salt-n-Pepa, Trina and Lauryn Hill.[3] Monroe is a member of Taylor gang records.

Personal life

On December 25, 2012, Monroe announced that she and Bad Boy rapper Los were expecting their first child together.[8] She gave birth to a baby boy named Brixton Royal Coleman on March 12, 2013.[9][10]

Discography

Albums

2013: TBA

Mixtapes

2009: Boss Bitch’s World
2009: The Lola Monroe Chronicles: The Art of Motivation
2009: Untouchables (with Lil’ Boosie)
2010: Batteries Not Included
2013: Lipstick & Pistols

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

USUS
R&BUS
Rap
“Overtime”
(featuring Trina)2010———Batteries Not Included
“Darling”
(featuring Wiz Khalifa)2012———N/A
“Dark Red Lipstick”———N/A
“Don’t Wake Me”———Lipstick & Pistols
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
“Get Ya Haters Up”2010LosShooter
“King Los”2011The Crown Aint Safe
“Shine”2012Chevy Woods, Wiz KhalifaGang Land
“Transit”Chevy Woods
“The Code”Wiz KhalifaTaylor Allderdice
“Lick It (U Nasty)”Kid InkUp & Away
“Bonnie & Clyde”LosN/A
“Rain”Dew BabyDew Jack City
“Actin Up” (Remix)Trina, 3D Na’TeeN/A
“Like Mine”Berner, Wiz KhalifaUrban Farmer
“Initiation”Wiz KhalifaO.N.I.F.C.
“All Gold All Girls” (Remix)[11]2013Cassie, TrinaN/A

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes

2009Before I Self DestructMonaDirect-to-video DVD
2010Crazy Like a FoxPier AngeliDirect-to-video DVD
2010Video GirlJessicaFull-length film

Red Everything Movement

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