Patty Monroe - Biography
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Patty Monroe Biography
Patty Monroe is 20 years old, she was born and raised on the South side of Cape Town in a place called Southfields Retreat. This Cape Town native is carving a solid path for herself with her Hip Pop sound.
Patty Monroe plans to take hip hop to the next level by disregarding what’s en vogue. Through her new single, High Fashion, the rapper who was born Megan Steenkamp is embarking on a total takeover.
The single presents a self-aware young woman who demands respect through her raps and rejects the notion that every female rapper must walk the same ramp.
“I have a message, I don’t just want to talk about tits-and-ass. There is a bigger picture. I don’t want to be looked at as a femcee but as an emcee. I can rap and you shouldn’t put me in a different box.”
Patty Monroe was born and raised in Cape Town’s Southfield suburbs. She matriculated in 2013 and now, at just 19-years-old, her street smarts and songwriting skills have seen her acquire a record deal with Afterlife Talent. Currently based in Joburg and also managed by Afterlife Talent, the rapper is working closely with the company to realise the dreams she had when she started rapping.
When Patty Monroe was 15-years-old, she entered The Night Of The Beat Bangaz, a hip hop platform run by the legendary DJ Ready D, DJ Azhul and DJ E-20. She was too young to be eligible to perform but that event inspired this self-described “old soul” to take her fierce flows to higher heights.
To date, Patty Monroe has collaborated with rappers, Miss Cellanious (2010), Malik Gita (2011), Youngsta (2013, 2014) and has been included on a monster collaboration for E-Jay’s 2014 song, ‘Ho$h 2.0’ with Kita Keetz and Ill Skills.
Quote: “I want people to believe in themselves the way I believe in myself and the way I believe in them.”
The rapper who is inspired by the likes of MC Lyte and Missy Elliot has roped in producers like Ganja Beats, pH and Blayze to work on a forthcoming, as-yet-untitled project to be released by Afterlife Talent. High Fashion will appear on this project.
While the song initially oozed a sexier vibe, Patty Monroe chose to turn away from trends. Now High Fashion is “more playful and really matches my personality.”
This blonde bombshell wants to model her music after something that isn’t often celebrated: being true to oneself. The colourful entertainer appeared on SA’s Got Talent in 2013 and during the 2012 MTV Base VJ Search, Patty Monroe made it into the Top 25 of the Cape Town auditions phase.
Today, she has come to claim her space in the music industry. “I’m going to be here for a while so you had better listen.” High Fashion is a good place to start. Booking email [email protected]
eNCA.com interview with Patty Monroe
eNCA.com writer Okuhle Magcaba got a chance to speak to her and this is what she had to say.
OM - How would you describe your style?
PM - Fun, spontaneous, vibrant and colourful. It matches my personality, think jelly tots.
OM - What difficulties have you faced as a female MC?
PM - The same as anyone entering a new industry. All you want is for people to take you seriously. And recognise the art in the music. If I decide to show some skin, I am doing it for myself I can't be be responsible for other peoples actions but my own, so what I do to get my music I do it decide.
OM - What influences or informs your music?
PM - Whatever is going on in my life, the people I spend my time with and my heart.
OM - Going into a platform like The Durban July, what do you expect from this?
PM - I don't want to put expectations on anything in my life, but all I can hope for is that the people are able to relate to my music.
OM - Where would you like to see your career going as a Hip-Hop artist?
PM - I want to be the one women that makes her mark in the industry and have people look at my career as a blueprint.
OM - Name five of your favourite SA Hip Hop track.
PM - The Saga - Anatii, Salutas - Youngsta, Seven – KiD X ,Mahambayedwa Khuli Chana
OM - If you weren’t an MC/Hip Hop artist what profession would you be in?
PM - In the profession of healing people. Some way some how.
OM - What is success you?
PM - When expensive becomes cheap lol. When I'm able to not stress about the next and can just be happy with what I have.