LoLa Monroe

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LoLa Monroe
Birth name Fershgenet Melaku
Also known as Angel Lola Luv
Born (1986-10-25) October 25, 1986 (age 28)[1]
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Origin Washington, DC, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, model, actress
Instruments vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels Blue Rose Entertainment (current), Taylor Gang (former)
Associated acts Wiz Khalifa, Trina, Juicy J, Los, Chevy Woods, Lil Boosie

Fershgenet Melaku, better known as LoLa Monroe, is an Ethiopian-American rapper, model and actress.

Early life[edit]

Monroe is Ethiopian American, she was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to an Ethiopian mother and Trinidadian father and raised in Washington D.C..[2][3] She began writing poems and songs at the age of 12.[4]


Monroe made her acting debut in the Wendy Williams biopic Queen of Media and later acted in Crazy like a Fox. She began modeling and appearing in music videos for various artists. She later became LoLa Monroe in 2007; "Monroe" is a reference to the actress, model, film producer and singer Marilyn Monroe.[5]

In June 2009, Monroe released her first mixtape, Boss Bitch's World. Her second mixtape, The Lola Monroe Chronicles: The Art of Motivation, was issued in October. She also released her collaboration mixtape Untouchables later the same year.[6]

In September 2010, Monroe released her mixtape's first single, "Overtime". A video for the song was also recorded and premiered on 106 & Park. In December 2010, LoLa released her fourth mixtape, Batteries Not Included.[7]

Monroe was nominated for Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards of 2011.[8]

In October 2011, Monroe was announced as Taylor Gang's first lady, and signed to the label. Her first mixtape to be released under the label was Lipstick & Pistols. After many push backs, the mixtape released on October 23, 2013.

In September 4, 2013 she released her debut single "B.B. (Boss Bitch)" featuring Chevy Woods and Juicy J, produced by Sledgren and supposed to be on her debut album. Then on September 19, she along with producer Cardo left Taylor Gang and dismissed their affiliation with the label.[9] LoLa Monroe later confirmed that she had never signed to the label in the first place.[10]

Artists who have influenced her musical style include Jay-Z, MC Lyte, Trina, Salt-n-Pepa, Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur. [4]

Personal life[edit]

On December 25, 2012, Monroe announced that she and Bad Boy rapper Los were expecting their first child together.[11] She gave birth to a baby boy named Brixton Royal Coleman on March 12, 2013.[12][13]



  • Boss Bitch's World (2009)
  • The Lola Monroe Chronicles: The Art of Motivation (2009)
  • Untouchables (with Lil Boosie) (2009)
  • Batteries Not Included (2010)
  • Lipstick & Pistols (2013)


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(featuring Trina)
2010 Batteries Not Included
(featuring Wiz Khalifa)
2012 N/A
"Dark Red Lipstick"
(featuring Azealia Banks)
Lipstick & Pistols
"Don't Wake Me"
"B.B. (Boss Bitch)"
(featuring Chevy Woods & Juicy J)
2013 N/A
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Get Ya Haters Up" 2010 King Los Shooter
"King Los" 2011 The Crown Aint Safe
"Balance Is Good" 2015 God, Money, War
"Shine" 2012 Chevy Woods, Wiz Khalifa Gang Land
"Transit" Chevy Woods
"The Code" Wiz Khalifa Taylor Allderdice
"Lick It (U Nasty)" Kid Ink Up & Away
"Bonnie & Clyde" Los N/A
"Rain" Dew Baby Dew Jack City
"Actin Up" (Remix) Trina, 3D Na'Tee N/A
"Like Mine" Berner, Wiz Khalifa Urban Farmer
"Initiation" Wiz Khalifa O.N.I.F.C.
"All Gold All Girls" (Remix)[14] 2013 Cassie, Trina N/A
"But You Playin" 2014 Los, Mario Zero Gravity II
"Thug Love" 2015 Kevin McCall, Constantine RnG Muzic


Year Film Role Notes
2009 Before I Self Destruct Mona Direct-to-video DVD
2010 Crazy Like a Fox Pier Angeli Direct-to-video DVD
2010 Video Girl Jessica Full-length film


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