Today, Rising Rap Star Monalio’s first LP where flowers don’t die, hit Streaming Services. Monalio got a chance to celebrate with a very special someone at home in Houston – her newborn baby. MonaLeo completed the mixtape during her first pregnancy and gave birth earlier this week. Although she was due on May 29, after the release of the tape, she actually went into labor on May 21, a few days after the interview. Rolling stone,
Monalio checked in with us today. “The baby and I are doing amazing!” she said via email. “I had a completely natural birth/water birth. It was an amazing, empowering experience that I got to share with my family of matriarchs. I am now resting in bed with the cutest newborn in the world am enjoying the fruits, both physically and musically. His partner in parenthood is rapper Stunna 4 Vegas. In his latest music video, “Wig Splitter,” today he’s homebound and belly-out, awaiting his new arrival. Still working.
where flowers don’t die represents an important period of growth for Monálio, who broke out two years earlier with the single, “Beating Down Yo Block,” featuring a classic DJ screw and Youngstar sample. He has since toured with Flo Milly and released some tough and fun singles and freestyles, including “we are not humping(with Flo on the remix) and a version of Chief Keef’s “funeto, Before finding success in music, Monalio, born Leondra Roshon Gay, was a student at Prairie View A&M University pursuing a career in computer engineering. As a young girl, she had a difficult childhood, which she describes in Strong Single”ridgemont baby,
“I didn’t really get a lot of reassurance at home. It’s nobody’s fault. My mom was busy with other things, so I never really grew up hearing that I was good enough.” Rolling stone, “I always fought just to stay in the goodness of people, to be accepted and to feel that love. Because of those experiences, I created this persona, Monalio, really just to vent and vent those frustrations and really just take back my power and be as outspoken as I think I want to be. . Because it’s like I let a lot of shit slip that I never should have let slip.
She thinks her hard work creating and releasing her first project while navigating her first pregnancy — which meant depression, recording sessions, and music video stunts that pushed her to her limits — helped her teach her baby about resilience. I will help in teaching. “I think there’s a lesson in this: perseverance, being able to persevere, really commit to a goal, and commit regardless of the circumstances,” she said.