Rap-Up TV: Monica Talks Whitney Houston, Nicki Minaj, and New Album

Those who saw Monica on tour with Trey Songz witnessed her paying homage to her idol Whitney Houston with powerful performances of “You Give Good Love” and “I Have Nothing.” If you missed it, we’ve got you covered. In the final part of our chat with Mo, she reveals the impact Whitney has had on her and how she was a shoulder to lean on in hard times. “I just looked up and there she was, almost like some heavenly being,” she tells Rap-Up TV.

And it looks like Nicki Minaj has another fan in Monica. “I love Nicki Minaj. I rock with her,” she says. “She’s a beautiful girl. She’s comfortable with trying different things. She knows how to spit it direct like the men too, so she can compete with the best of ’em.”

Despite juggling motherhood and still promoting her current album Still Standing, Mo is already back in the studio working on her new project, which she hopes to release by next summer. She’s recording in Los Angeles with her cousin Polow Da Don, who will be executive producing the effort.

Plus, find out which fall album release she’s looking forward to most. Here’s a hint: It’s one of her fellow ATLiens!

Part 2: Monica Opens Up About Shannon Brown, Friendship with Brandy