Women’s month would not be complete without shinning the spotlight on the ladies breaking ground in their respecitve fields. 21 year old from Cape Town, Miss Patty Monroe is one such artist breaking the glass ceiling, who despite her age and length in the music industry has managed to create a sound couple with relatable messages that transcends national borders. We spoke to real name Megan Steenkamp to discuss her growth in the SA hip hop scene, her expansion across Africa and beyond and her feature in the all-female Lefemme Remix of Now Or Never.
QuenchSA: Where does the rap moniker Miss Patty Monroe emanate from?
Patty Monroe: Patty was the first nickname I got when I was in high school and Monroe come from the whole scarlet, vintage vibe in the 40’s-60’s. I figured the word Monroe sums it up pretty nicely.
QuenchSA: When did you first realize that music is what you wanted to do for a living?
Patty Monroe: When I performed for the first time. That feeling I got, was something I didn’t ever want to let go of. Only later did I discover I could actually make money from it.
QuenchSA: Your brand is recognized throughout the African continent. Was that a premeditated strategy?
Patty Monroe: When I can log out of my social media accounts and just disappear (laughs) truth be told, I’m doing this for financial freedom for my family and my continent. I don’t know if I’ll ever think I made it. I’ll be too busy trying to think of my next move, and how we can grow together.
QuenchSA: You have focused more on your spoken word (rhymes) rather than using your sexual appeal like most femcees. Why is that?
Patty Monroe: We are still calling female rappers femcees and not just rapper or emcee. I’m an artist with a vision and my perspective has a feminine flavour to it, yes. That is why it is so special, but there is more to life than just titts and ass. Let’s shift our minds to a bigger picture.
QuenchSA: When can we expect you highly anticipated drop of your debut album?
Patty Monroe: Summer 2016.
QuenchSA: Is collaborating with artists from all over the continent on your album part of your plan?
Patty Monroe: Of course it is! My album will definitely reflect my journey and what I have learnt and implemented into my life. I’m already thinking about my next one for you.
QuenchSA: August is recognized as Women’s month. Does this tag have any personal significance to you?
Patty Monroe: This month has been really good to me. It gives females a chance to be showcased as the beautiful queens we are. Stunning creatures with so much compassion and spunk. I love it!
QuenchSA: What are the challenges of maintaining prominence and relevance in the SA hip hop scene you’ve personally experienced?
Patty Monroe: Nothing really just yet… I’ve only seriously been pushing for about 20 months now. I know it’s still early days.
QuenchSA: You are part of the all-female remix of Now Or Never. How was that experience?
Patty Monroe: History in the making.
QuenchSA: What can your fans expect from you in the immediate future?
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