Nicky Monroe – Hunnit Rounds – The Hype Magazine
Nicky Monroe blends multiple styles to create new genre showcased on hot new EP ‘Elevation’
Take a dash of the lyricism and aggressive energy you get from Missy Elliott or Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopez, sprinkle that with brashness of artists like Beyonce or Janet Jackson, and finish it off with a healthy dose of Southern style with lyrics that are raw and real, and you get the fresh new sound from Florida-based artist Nicky Monroe. Her sound is unlike anything else in the music industry today, and it’s something that’s featured in full effect on her latest EP “Elevation.”
The project is one that she’s been developing for more than a year, and comes after a journey in the music industry that spans nearly a decade. She’s released music in the past that has brought forth many worthwhile accolades, but she admits that they were merely stepping stones to the high-quality productions she’s now offering with this EP.
“To me, it’s the perfect EP,” she said. “Each song is very different. If you’re looking for an artist with one style, I’m not that person. I don’t fit in one category. I listen to all kinds of different music. I like to make great music and not be stuck in one category. This project is very diverse. Each track gets better and better and builds and elevates.”
The project starts with “Road May Go,” a track Monroe said she wrote because she was going through a lot of different changes in her life – from losing friends and family to chasing down opportunities with her music. She recalls a lot of prayers in which she asked God to show her who was for her and remove anyone who wasn’t.
“It was crazy the way friendships started falling apart and people who were trying to step on my toes just went away,” she said. “I came up with this song because I don’t know where the road may be taking me, but I know I won’t fold and I’ll stand ten toes in the paint.”
The second track on the EP is “So Tired,” which is perhaps the most radio-ready single on the whole project. It has more of a laid-back, calm vibe set against lyrics that explore the every day struggle of ducking and dodging trouble. Monroe said people look at her and see jewelry and nice clothes and assume she has it all together, but like all people she battles her own struggles. This song is about the internal battle that often rages inside people despite how strongly they flex and shine to the outside world.
That’s followed by “Hunnit Rounds,” which is a Southern style aggressive hip-hop groove that has been getting some major attention from fans all throughout the South. Monroe talks some real smack on this track, and serves a notice to all the haters that she won’t put up with any of their BS.
“I’m not a gangsta rapper or talk about shooting and killing people,” she said. “But if it came to the point where I had to defend myself, I do know people who are licensed and legal to handle that. I’m just letting people know that I got a Hunnit Rounds and a hunnit clips, so just leave me alone and there won’t be no issues.”
Monroe finishes off the EP with “Nicky’s Dangerous” and “Humble.” The first features Jamaican artist Nicky Greed, who has been making waves in the industry for the better part of a decade. He brings an Island vibe to the track that plays well against Monroe’s hard-edged grittiness. On “Humble,” Monroe concludes with a sentiment that she not only hopes to present through her own character, but which she hopes to inspire in others, as well.
“Regardless of everything going on around me, I just want to remain humble,” she said. “That’s a message that needs to be spread around, especially in hip-hop. Everyone wants to be arrogant or the boss or the baddest. You can be all that, but remain humble. That’s how you keep it all. You don’t want to lose it, so through your struggles and triumphs just remain humble. Everything happens for a reason, and when it’s your time it will definitely come. But when you’re not humble, you can play yourself out of what was for you.”
Monroe’s EP “Elevation” is currently available across all streaming platforms. To listen to her music, or to follow her on social media, please visit the following links:
Facebook: Nicky Monroe
FB fan page: https://m.facebook.com/iamnickymonroe