Comfortable doesn’t have a unique voice

DonMonique knew early on that she didn’t have the voice to achieve conventional success in the music world. Undeterred, she turned to rapping. Her individuality and grit have won a dedicated following. We caught up with her in her hometown, NYC.

American Giant: How did you get started rapping?
DonMonique: I always wanted to get into music. Growing up I wanted to sing, but then I realized I didn’t really have the voice for it. So I wanted to get into rapping but I was too young... My mom and my family they weren’t really into me being a rapper but liked music. I had to wait until I was older to really do what I wanted to do.

AG: In your music who are your big inspirations and what keeps you going?
D: I have a lot of other friends that make music, so they’ll always show me a new song they did the other day and I’ll be like, ‘Wow, this is fire. I gotta go to the studio and make something that’s fire. I gotta catch up with you.’ So it’s having people around people that’s on the same shit that I’m on that keeps me going.

AG: Do you have any advice for a young musician or rapper coming up?
D: Just keep trying. There are gonna be people that don’t believe in what you’re doing but as long you believe, just keep working – that’s all that’s gonna matter. Someone is going to see you eventually. No one just puts in the work for nothing. And I’ve been rapping for over a year now and everything is – it’s not exactly what I thought – but it’s all worth it. And this is the most I’ve accomplished at something, so I feel like this is what I’m meant to do.

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