|Birth name||Simone Gooden|
|Also known as||Monie Love|
|Born||2 July 1970|
|Genres||R&B, hip hop, Brit-hop, new jack swing, hip house|
|Labels||Warner Bros. Records
|Associated acts||Native Tongues
Simone Gooden (born 2 July 1970), better known by her stage name Monie Love, is an English emcee and radio personality in the United States. She was a well-respected figure in British hip hop, and made an impact with American hip hop audiences as a protégé of female American emcee Queen Latifah, as well as through her membership in the late 1980s/early 1990s Native Tongues. Love was one of the first BritHop artists to be signed and distributed worldwide by a major record label.
Love began her hip hop career as an emcee in the British Jus Bad crew, which featured DJ Pogo, Sparki, and MC Mell'O'. The group released the single "Free Style/Proud" on the independent Tuff Groove record label in 1988.
Love first gained critical and commercial notice in the United States in 1989 for her cameos on Queen Latifah's Grammy Award-winning and pro-woman single "Ladies First", on Adeva's "Ring My Bell", on the Jungle Brothers' well-received single "Doin' Our Own Dang" and on De La Soul's hit single "Buddy". The acclaim led her to a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records, making Love one of the few British hip-hop efforts released by a major label.
Love also has a place in hip-hop history as a member of the Native Tongues, a positive-minded hip-hop collective that included Queen Latifah, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, the Jungle Brothers, and a number of other acts. Her versatility was demonstrated with her involvement in the emerging popularity of house music with her own single "Grandpa's Party" as well as providing rap for the Dancin' Danny D Remix of Adeva's house hit "Respect".
Love's debut album, Down To Earth, spawned two, Grammy-nominated hits, "Monie in the Middle" (a high school-set 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 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.
Love also appears on the song titled "United" from Inner City's third album, Praise.
Love was featured on her brother Dave Angel's 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.
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". The same year, Prince asked her to write lyrics for a few songs on a side-project, Carmen Electra's eponymous album, Carmen Electra.
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. 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.
Love currently resides in Miami, Florida, and is a single mother to four children.
Currently, she has a radio show on XM Satellite Radio called 'Ladies First Radio with Monie Love'. It airs Thursdays 6PM ET and Sundays 8PM ET.
|1990||Down to Earth||109||26|
|1993||In a Word or 2||–||75|
|Slice of Da Pie EP
- "Ladies First" (Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love)
- Henderson, Alex. "Allmusic Down To Earth Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-18.
- Henderson, Alex. "Allmusic In A Word Or 2 Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-18.
- Conrad, Laurie T. (2006-12-22). "Tattle: No mo' Monie". Philadelphia Daily News (philly.com). Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-25.
- Bolden, Janee (2006-12-22). "Monie Love Gets None, Officially Off The Air In Philly". SOHH.com. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
- AllMusic.com Biography - Monie Love
- Monie Love's myspace.com page
- Monie Love Discography on Discogs
- A site focusing on the early days of Hip Hop development in the UK