There’s a lot of new female rappers on the come-up, some to speak of include Young M.A, Ingrid, Tink, Dreezy, Kamiayah and more. With so much talent out there it’s hard to keep up, but one of the upcoming rappers you should keep an eye out for is Brooklyn’s own DonMonique, who is creating her own lane.
As soon as you press play on some of her tracks you can tell right away that she was inspired by 90’s hip-hop and her flow will have you reminiscing over Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and others. The 22-year-old rapper is fairly new to the game, dropping her first song “We Don’t” in 2014 on her 20th birthday. And after releasing her first single, things started to fall into place for the young rapper. She then followed it up with her breakout single “Pilates”, which is a hypnotic party track that finds her rapping over a minimal beat with a heavy bass line.
With only a year of rapping under her belt and only two singles out, DonMonique started making some noise and caught the ear of New York producer Stelios Phili, affiliated with A$AP Ferg. As soon as the two linked up, they just clicked and ended up creating her debut project Thirst Trap, entirely produced by Stelios. The 6-track project boasted guest features from Slayter, Remy Banks, Noah Caine, Wara From The NBHD, and even managed to nab a featured from Detroit’s own, Danny Brown. Stelio’s laced DonMonique with a dark and booming backdrop, a perfect podium for her bars and effortless flow.
Since dropping her impressive Thirst Trap in 2015, she was relatively quiet last year spending time performing and killing the runway, but closed the year out with her newest single “On Me.” The track will serve as DonMonique’s first single off her follow-up project Black Kate Moss, which is slated to drop later this year. The Don Dada has a lot planned for the rest of 2017, so don’t take your eyes off of her as she is bound to make some power moves.
Get familiar with the Brooklyn firecracker and check out our interview below as well as her latest single “On Me” and her debut EP, Thirst Trap.
1. When did you start rapping and what pushed or influenced you to start putting your all into it?
- I put my first song out on my 20th birthday. When I saw the response my song got I just kept going. Rest is history.
2. Being from Brooklyn, do you feel like you have to come correct especially with the other female rappers that came out of Brooklyn (Foxy Brown & Lil’ Kim)? Explain the legacy you wish to continue based on what female emcees like these two have started.
- Well, I’m actually from Uptown. I was born at Bronx Lebanon. I always chilled in Brooklyn because that’s where all my cousins and stuff were but I didn’t start living out there until I turned 20, Brooklyn is definitely where I found my independence. I feel like I have to come correct no matter where I’m from because I am a female and I am serious about my sh–.
3. Even though you created your own genre of music, what artists have influenced your sound & style?
- I try not to listen to other artists when creating music because I don’t want to sound like anyone. Life influences me.
4. If you had to pick one song to introduce people to your music, what would it be and why?
- “Drown” because it’s a perfect mix of bars and melodies, it describes me best.
5. You call your genre of music, “Thirst Trap.” Can you describe the sound for me?
- Thirst Trap is whatever sound I feel like it is. My music is very diverse. None of my songs sound alike but when you hear one song, you’re thirsty to hear more. Thirst trap is just Don.
6. You dropped your debut project “Thirst Trap” almost two years ago. What have you been working on since releasing the EP?
- Been working on myself honestly. A new project will be coming when the time is right.
7. “Thirst Trap” was entirely produced by Stelios Phili. How did you guys first link up and will he also be producing your follow up project or are you going to branch out to some other producers? Who are some that you have your eye on?
- We met online, he emailed me w,e linked up and we just clicked. I doubt that we will ever collaborate again but of course, I’ll be working with other people. I don’t really have my eye on anyone in particular but I’m very hands-on with production so as long as you can make a cool beat I don’t really care.
8. When can fans expect to hear some new music from you?
- I can’t speak on that right now, but it’s coming