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Simone Johnson[1] (born 2 July 1970)[1], better known by her stage name Monie Love, is an Grammy–nominated English rapper, actress and radio personality from London, England. Best known for her singles during the late–1980s through the 1990s, Monie Love currently serves as a radio personality for urban adult contemporary station KISS 104.1 WALR-FM in Atlanta, Georgia.

Monie Love
Birth nameSimone Johnson[1]
Also known as
  • Monie Love
  • Simone Wilson
Born (1970-07-02) 2 July 1970 (age 49)[1]
Battersea, London, United Kingdom
OriginLondon, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • actress
Years active1987–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitetwitter.com/DaRealMonieLove

CareerEdit

MusicEdit

Love's debut album, Down To Earth was released on 6 November 1990, spawned the singles "Monie in the Middle" (a track dealing with a woman's right to determine what she wants out of a relationship) and "It's a Shame (My Sister)" (which sampled the (Detroit) Spinners' "It's a Shame", written for the band by Stevie Wonder) and featured house-music vocalist and then-labelmate Ultra Naté. The album reached #26 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[2] Love also appears on the song titled "United" from Inner City's third album, Praise.

Love was featured on the LA Reid & Babyface remix of Whitney Houston's R&B hit "My Name Is Not Susan" in 1991, and appeared in the music video alongside Houston. Love's 1992 single "Full-Term Love", from the Class Act movie soundtrack, reached #7 on the Hot Hip-Hop Singles chart.[3] Love collaborated with Marley Marl on her second album, In a Word or 2 (1993), which featured the Prince-produced single "Born To B.R.E.E.D." (which reached #1 on the Hot Dance Music chart and #7 on the Hot Rap Singles chart), as well as a re-release of "Full-Term Love".[3] The same year, Prince asked her to write lyrics for a few songs on a side-project, Carmen Electra's eponymous album, Carmen Electra. Love's last release as lead artist was the single Slice of Da Pie in 2000. In 2013, she was featured on the track "Sometimes" by Ras Kass, from his album Barmageddon.

RadioEdit

From 2004 until the week of 11 December 2006, Love was the morning drive host on Philadelphia's WPHI-FM 100.3. The 22 December 2006 edition of the Philadelphia Daily News confirmed that Love left WPHI-FM on amicable terms after contract negotiations stalled.[4] Love's departure from WPHI followed soon after her December 2006 interview with Young Jeezy, where the two argued over whether hip hop is dead.[5] Love is also an official MySpace.com DJ, according to her Myspace page. Love resides in Indianapolis,In. and is a single mother to four children.[6] She has a radio show on XM Satellite Radio called Ladies First Radio with Monie Love. It airs Thursdays 6 PM ET and Sundays 8 PM ET. In 2015, Love became a DJ on Philadelphia's Boom 107.9, hosting a morning show from 6 am to 10 am. In 2016, Love co-hosted with Ed Lover on the Ed Lover Morning Show for "Boom 92" KROI in Houston, Texas. In May 2019, she began hosting afternoons at "KISS 104.1" WALR in Atlanta.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Born in England, Love moved to the United States; settling in Philadelphia in 1987.[citation needed] Love has four children; Charlena (born 1991), Caleigh (born 1997), Nekhi (born 2003) and Laci (born 2008).[citation needed][8][9] Love is the biological sister of English musician Dave Angel.[citation needed]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Year Title Chart positions
U.S. U.S. R&B
1990 Down to Earth 109 26
1993 In a Word or 2 75

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
UK
[10]
IRE NED BEL
(FLA)
FRA GER
[11]
AUT SWI AUS
[12]
NZ US
[13]
US R&B
[14]
US Dance
[15]
1988 "I Can Do This" 37 18 Down to Earth
1989 "Grandpa's Party" 16 23 51 93 33
1990 "Monie in the Middle" 46 28 7
"It's a Shame (My Sister)" (featuring True Image) 12 9 24 50 11 12 6 90 17 26 8 2
"Down 2 Earth" 31 29 33 15 75
1991 "Ring My Bell" (vs. Adeva) 20 15 44 25 8 35 13
"Work It Out" (US only) Boyz n the Hood OST
1992 "Full Term Love" 34 58 96 47 In a Word or 2
1993 "Born 2 B.R.E.E.D." 18 35 98 21 89 56 1
"In a Word or 2" 33
"Never Give Up" 41
2000 "Slice of da Pie" 29 single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Featured singlesEdit

  • "Ladies First" (Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love)
  • "My Name Is Not Susan" (Whitney Houston featuring Monie Love) - My Name Is Not Susan (Power Radio Mix With Rap)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed.
  2. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Allmusic Down To Earth Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 18 November 2006.
  3. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Allmusic In A Word Or 2 Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 18 November 2006.
  4. ^ Conrad, Laurie T. (22 December 2006). "Tattle: No mo' Monie". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 25 December 2006.[dead link]
  5. ^ Bolden, Janee (22 December 2006). "Monie Love Gets None, Officially Off The Air In Philly". SOHH.com. Archived from the original on 1 January 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2007.
  6. ^ Osorio, Kim (13 August 2014). "Monie Love Still In The Middle...Of Motherhood". Madamenoire.com. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  7. ^ https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/exclusive-hip-hop-legend-monie-love-takes-over-kiss-104-afternoon-slot/b5oZgQ0qxC8jm7wW7usWgJ/
  8. ^ Ladies First: Monie Love Discusses Being A Mother In Hip-Hop (Audio) 15 May 2019
  9. ^ Hip Hop Moms - Essence - 2011
  10. ^ "Official Charts Company: Monie Love". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Monie Love - German Chart". charts.de. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  12. ^ Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  13. ^ "Monie Love - US Hot 100 Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Monie Love - US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Monie Love - US Dance Club Songs Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 3 April 2014.

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