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interview TONI MONROE (April 2012) | Interview By: Chad Kiser

   Toni Monroe has been riding a rising wave of success since she dropped her DJ Crazy Toones-hosted mixtape, Big Girl Cookies: First Batch to critical acclaim. The Cali-bred MC came strong with Dogg Pound emcee Kurupt on he debut joint, You Like It, and has been rocking shows with E-40, Ice Cube, WC, DJ Quik, Lady of Rage and others ever since.

Dubcnn had the fantastic opportunity to sit down with Ms. Monroe for an exclusive interview, where we talk about her New Years Eve show with DJ Quik and El DeBarge, How she met up with DJ Crazy Toones, what her, her image vs. her music, working with Kurupt, and much, much more!


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Interview was conducted in March 2012

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Toni Monroe Interview
A Dubcnn Exclusive
By: Chad Kiser


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Dubcnn: First off, you just recently rocked the New Years show at the Key Club with DJ Quik, how did that go and what was the response like from that?

It was a great way to start off the new year! Opening up for DJ Quik with Faith Evans, El DeBarge and you can't forget your boy Suga Free! What more could a girl ask for?


Dubcnn:
Whats up with El DeBarge was he drinking or was he sober?

No, but he did ask everybody if they all thought he had been on crack! He said, how many of yall think Im on crack?, and the whole place went bananas! [laughs]


Dubcnn:
Did Quik and El DeBarge perform any of their songs together?

No, they each had their own sets to perform, but it was still cool to them up there doing there thing.


Dubcnn:
So whats next for Toni Monroe, and what are you working on right now?

I just put out the Big Girl Cookies mixtape, so of course the second batch is already in the oven! And you know since Im single Im out looking to get married to a label deal. [laughs]


Dubcnn:
For those of us not yet up on your music, describe your style and approach to emceeing?

Im versatile, I dare to be different, I switch it up to cover all the grounds; Im not in a box. Im from the west coast, but I grew up identifying with all styles of music. Real MCs get it.

Dubcnn:
Big Girl Cookies was hosted/executed by the legendary DJ Crazy Toones. Tell me about putting that mixtape together. What were ideas and concepts going into that project?

I conceptually built this particular mixtape around Toones as a way to reach out to the west coast.


Dubcnn:
Who handled the production on Big Girl Cookies?

It's a mixtape, so I went in hard on other peoples stuff. As far as original production I worked with Tha Chill from Comptons Most Wanted and I feel blessed that not only he got down with me, but really helped me in the kitchen.


Dubcnn:
How did you link up with Crazy Toones and get him involved with your project and career?

I always wanted to work with Toones. We pushed to make it happen and I was blessed to have it come to fruition.


Dubcnn:
Getting in with Crazy Toones, was Ice Cube ever a possibility to collaborate with?

No, he has a pretty hectic schedule and it was hard to try pinning him down to do something, but I would jump at the chance to work with Cube. No doubt hes an icon, not just for the west coast, but for music period.


Dubcnn:
Theres an incredible difference between your style, and the style that a lot of women MCs are embracing currently. Was it a conscious decision not to come out like Nicki Minaj, or Lil Kim, or Kreayshawn?

No, it wasnt. I love Nicki, I love Kim, I respect all women that are doing their own thing and that have created their own lane for themselves.


Dubcnn:
Tell me about working with Kurupt on the song You Like It, and how you were able to get the Dogg Pound member involved with your project.

Kurupt is really a genius and is one of the most charismatic people I have worked with.


Dubcnn:
So, where did you grow up, and what was family life like for you growing up?

I grew up in the San Fernando valley and my family life was just like most of the people I know -- jaded. I found myself never home, and I became product of the streets.


Dubcnn:
Who are your Top 5 MCs of all-time?

My Top 5 would be Busta Ryhmes, Scarface, 2Pac, Ice Cube for damn sure, and Biggie.


Dubcnn:
What was it exactly that made you want to pursue a career in music, and what has been your inspiration?

To be able to reach, inspire and motivate women. Part of my inspiration comes from the the lack of female emcees in hip-hop that are trying to inspire, thats what keeps me fighting to be heard.


Dubcnn:
What have been some of your bigger accomplishments so far that youre proud of?

Im proud to still be able to do hip-hop at this level. I have seen so many fall off or stuck on the side of the road, so Im glad I still have gas and energy to make it this far.


Dubcnn:
With hip-hop being so competitive, how do other female emcees treat you?

So far nothing but love! Lady of Rage has been one of my biggest supporters and some would say that she is arguably the greatest female emcee of all-time.


Dubcnn:
Plus-sized women in hip-hop are nothing new as weve seen Queen Latifah, Lady of Rage and others make notable imprints in the industry. How important is your image to your music?

It's very important that my image is me, just raw, real and uncut. I am a big girl, but that shouldn't define me, it's just what I am. If anything I want to show women that you can be comfortable in their own skin no matter what size you are beauty is within.


Dubcnn:
Do you have any closing remarks or thoughts for our readers?

Stay Tuned because I am just warming up #DottedLine!

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