Thehiphopdiva.com spoke with Lola Monroe regarding her video model career and budding rap career. Here’s what she had to say.
HHD: You entered the hip hop industry as a video model. How did you become a video model? What made you want to pursue that job?
LM: Actually I didn’t want to get into the industry growing up or becoming a video model. I was featured in a few publications. Then I got into doing videos and took it from there.
HHD: How do you think video models are viewed both within and outside the industry?
LM: I think the perception that people have of video girls are messed up. It’s not a good perception that they have and it comes with the territory. The’re viewed as groupies or hoes, which is understandable. You have video groupies, vidoes hoes, and video models.
HHD: Do you think video models are important to hip hop culture? If so, why?
LM: They are very important. Video models co-star with these artists in their videos which is why people watch videos. They don’t watch them because the artists or rappers because they can just listen to the radio or listen to their CDs. It’s intriguing and people love to watch that.
HHD: What lessons have you learned from being a video model? What lessons have you learned about that job or hip hop in general?
LM: It’s a lot of things I’ve learned. One thing I’ve learned is to separate business from pleasure. Basically you have to have a management team and the right people backing you and especially as a female in the industry you should never handle your own business. You should have a team backing you and the right people backing you and don’t give up.
HHD: For young ladies out there who want to become video models what advice do you have to offer them in order to not just be a video model but to be successful in that job?
LM: Well, definitely don’t get into the industry wanting to become a video model. You have to aim way, way higher than that. It can start you off, because that is what started me off, but you have to have a goal. You have to basically have a plan.
HHD: Basically, you have a diversified skill set. You model, you act,and you rap. How important is it for women to be able to fill different roles in hip hop and do you think it’s required for a woman to be versatile in order to be successful in hip hop?
LM: It’s not necessarily required. If you got in started off by being a video model it is very much required because you can’t just stick to that. But if you came in as an artist and that ‘s what you want to do, that’s what you want to stick with, then you can stick with it. But it’s a good thing to be versatile with it. There are many different ways to succeed in hip hop.
HHD: What made you want to decide to pursue a rap career?
LM: Hip hop has always been an angle I used coming up as a way of expressing my emotions or expressing my feelings. Whe I was younger, I used to write so much poems and I was faced with many different situations in life. As I got older, I have my work as a video model and my manager backing me. I decided this is what I wanted to do, become an artist and a rapper.
HHD: How would you describe your lyrical style?
LM: My musical style is sexy, it’s glamorous, and it’s basically like a female movement. It definitely represents for the females.
HHD: What can we as fans of hip hop and those supporting females of hip hop expect to hear from a Lola Monroe album?
LM: Well, I’ll be touching on so many different subjects. Females will definitely feel me on real life situations that the average girl goes through that the girls who weren’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth go through. Fly stuff, money, and sucess.
HHD: Who are you personally influenced by musically?
LM: Jay Z’s music influences me. Young Jeezy, 50, Tupack, and Biggie.
HHD: Why do you think there’s a lack of major female rappers right now?
LM: As a female getting into the industry it is difficult because it is so much like high expectations that people have for a female rapper. I don’t know. I guess the timing right now, there’s a void for it. I guess people are just waiting for the right person to fit that void.
HHD: Who would you say are the top three female rappers, past or present, and why?
LM: Lil Kim, Lauryn Hill, and Queen Latifah. Lil Kim because she’s known to be one of the greatest. She’s established her own name. Lauryn Hill gave hip hop a whole other feeling musically. She’s missed so much to this day. And Queen Latifah took it to a whole other level.
HHD: What projects are you working on right now that we can be on the lookout to support?
LM: My mixtape is dropping very, very soon. “Boss Bitch’s World” and I’ll have it on my myspace page to purchase and the mixtape websites. I’m recording material right now.
HHD: In your own words what is a hip hop diva?
LM: Bsically a female that’s in the game, in the industry that created her own name, has her own style, and creates her own stamp in hip hop, in my opinion.
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