Monica

Aug
6
Monica and Shannon Brown Visit ‘106 & Park’

Monica and Shannon Brown

Love was in the air when Monica and her husband Shannon Brown stopped by “106 & Park” on Monday. Rocking cargo pants from Kanye West’s clothing line, the R&B powerhouse spoke briefly about her latest album New Life. But the loyal mother of two was there to support her husband.

The Phoenix Suns star launched the Wood Star Music Festival to give back to his community. The three-day event, which benefits the Shannon Brown Foundation, will take place in Chicago from August 17-19.

“Now that sports is a part of my life and music is a part of his, let’s bring them both together,” said Monica, who will perform at the festival on August 17, along with Robin Thicke, Estelle, Fantasia, and Dawn Richard.

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Jul
23
Nicki Minaj Touches Down in Atlanta with T.I., Young Jeezy, Monica, & Waka Flocka

Nicki Minaj, Monica, and Tiny

Nicki Minaj painted Atlanta pink when her tour rolled through town on Sunday. Following a set from opening act 2 Chainz, her Minajesty held court with ATL royalty onstage at the Fox Theatre. Young Jeezy kicked off the surprise-filled evening by performing “Supa Freak.”

Monica got love from Nicki and her hometown while belting out “Why I Love You So Much.” “@NICKIMINAJ’s words to me as she brought me on stage tonight brought tears to my eyes!! Thank U Nicki,” tweeted the R&B songstress.

Bobby V followed with “Slow Down” and Nicki’s longtime friend Waka Flocka Flame performed “Round of Applause.” “We’ve come a long way from roaches to Rolexes,” he told her.

The guest list rounded out with Lil Scrappy and the King of the South, T.I.

“Wanna thank: 2chainz, Jeezy, Scrappy, Monica, Bobby V, Waka, T.I. And Chukee. Unbelievable. So grateful. WOW,” wrote Young Money’s First Lady after it was all over.

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May
16
Monica Visits the Zoo with Her Family

Monica

Monica took a break from promoting her album New Life and enjoyed some family time with her favorite boys at Jungle Island zoological park in Miami on Tuesday. The R&B songstress, her husband Shannon Brown, and sons Rocko and Romelo got up close with the wildlife. They met a monkey named Smokey, held a red ruffed lemur, and fed the kangaroos.

“This is what you call overcoming your fears,” said Monica as she posed with an albino snake around her neck.

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May
8
Monica: Missy Elliott Is All About Reinvention on New Album

Missy Elliott has kept her fans waiting seven years for a new album, but it promises to be worth the wait. The trailblazing rapper has been in the studio with her partner-in-rhyme Timbaland working on the long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s The Cookbook. Rap-Up TV spoke with one of Missy’s best friends, Monica, who shared her excitement over her long-awaited return.

“Missy is missing from music and hip-hop because there’s no one as creative, as dedicated,” said the R&B songstress, who collaborated with Missy on her latest album New Life. “She thinks outside the box, but at the same time, draws you in the box that she’s in. She’s able to make visuals of things that I’ve never even dreamed of. I think hip-hop really needs her right now.”

She’s been lucky enough to hear some of Missy’s latest material. “I’ve heard some new music and all I can tell you is that Missy is at her absolute best when she’s at peace with herself and there’s no pressure,” she shared. “She’s been able to work on her record with a host of real talented people and reinvent herself all over again.”

Is another collaboration on the horizon? “She told me she wanted me to do something on the new record and we never did it,” said Mo, who has a house nearby Missy in Atlanta. “What I do is I just go to the house and we just make music. No time restraints, nobody watching us, nobody coming in between us, we just do it, so I think it will happen.”

Apr
25
Monica Reveals ‘It All Belongs to Me’ Was Originally for R. Kelly

Monica and Brandy reunited for the first time in 14 years on “It All Belongs to Me,” and they have R. Kelly to thank. Before the Rico Love-produced duet found its way into their hands and onto Monica’s album New Life, it originally belonged to the Pied Piper.

“At the time, the record belonged to R. Kelly and I thank Robert from the bottom of my heart because I had to really go to him and ask him, ‘Can I take this song?’” Monica exclusively tells Rap-Up TV. “And he gave it to me. He said, ‘I’ll let you take it.’”

The R&B songstress has always wanted to work with Kellz, whose inspirational song “I Wish” helped her get through a difficult time in her life. “R. Kelly is one of the greatest that ever did it, especially when it comes to lyrics and knowing how to make a song that makes sense to the everyday person because I’m just like them.”

Monica’s label RCA had the idea of putting Brandy on the record and turning it into a empowering anthem for women.

Apr
20
Rap-Up TV: Monica Talks Album Sales, New Single ‘Without You’

Rap-Up TV caught up with Monica when she visited Los Angeles this week. Fresh off the release of her sixth album New Life, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 69,000 copies, the R&B diva spoke about album sales and how important they are at this stage in her career.

“In this day and age, I’m very conscious of the fact that things have changed,” said the 31-year-old singer. “The days of selling a certain amount of records, especially for a certain genre of music, those days are gone, but I think it says a lot when you have a core group of people that really respect and love the music that you do.”

After reuniting with Brandy on “It All Belongs to Me,” she is readying her next single “Without You,” which was produced by her cousin Polow Da Don. “It was an important song to me on the album because it was the song that I did specifically for my husband,” explained Mo. “[Polow] was able to make a song that was a true testament to the love I have for my husband now.”

And will her hubby, whom she met on set of the video for “Love All Over Me,” appear in the video? “My husband’s a sweetheart, I know he’d do it if I asked him,” she said of the Phoenix Suns star. “I’m really right just now letting him focus on the sport.”

Look for more of our interview with Monica next week.

Apr
18
Monica’s ‘New Life’ Makes Top 5 Debut

Monica

Monica has a new lease on life and the Billboard charts. The R&B singer’s sixth album debuts in the top 5 this week.

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