Singer/Songwriter The-Dream Presents Singer Casha Monet

Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:24 Written by  Isis Nicole

Compton native Casha Monet (Radio Killa/Def Jam recording artist) is most notably known for her R&B vocals on rapper Yung Berg’s crossover track, “The Business.” But after enjoying the success of the song, which became a Top 40 hit and allowed Monet to perform on BET’s 106 & Park, things kind of “stalled out” for the young singer. Now, though, Monet is back and giving listeners more than just the business. Full of charm and dedication, Monet is set on making sure she achieves her dreams of superstardom—no matter what.


GlossMagazineOnline (GMO): Do you ever feel a need to integrate different genres together to make your sound stand out?

Casha Monet: Actually, I’m just doing all R&B because we wanted to give it that real urban feel. I’m really representing where I’m from in music, so it’s gonna be like all R&B and hip hop too.

GMO: Do you think that will affect your long-term career and success because most artists these days do seem to integrate pop and rock and other genres?

CM: Yeah, most artists do change over to pop, but I’m pretty sure people who are into other music will like [my music] too. And if you listen to a lot of hip hop, you will like that too. People who like hip hop and other [types of music] will like it because it has like flavors of all that.

GMO: What was the concept behind your current single “Gangsta?”

CM: Basically it’s about feeling your “gangster” dude and letting him know that no matter what you’re going to be there for him. And I actually didn’t write that one, The-Dream wrote it. But, you know, you’re a ride or die chick. You’re there for your dude, [even though] he’s not really a good guy. That’s what the song is about.

GMO: Is there ever a moment you feel limited in your creations?

CM: Sometimes I do have writer’s block, but I’ve been working with great writers. I watch them a lot, and I’m learning and getting better at it. Learning from them is really good for me because they’re so good at it! It’s real fluid for them.cm2

GMO: When you started your music career, you were in a three-girl group called Candy Hill. What are some differences from being in a group and creating as a solo artist?

CM: With the music, you have three minds all on one song. So with all of our minds, one girl might not like a certain part, and we compromise and try to change that. But it’s just me now so it’s going to be what I write. I’m going to like it, you know what I mean? So I would say it’s not really easier because you do have more help, but I guess you’re just on your own terms. [There are also differences] as far as interviewing and stuff. You have to make sure you don’t talk over each other, but say if somebody does get stuck in [answering a question], the next person [in the group] has your back, so you have to be more focused as a solo artist.

GMO: Do you prefer being a solo artist more so than being in a group?

CM: I do.

GMO: How did you come about working with The-Dream?

CM: I had a meeting with him. I first met someone from Def Jam in my studio session to listen to the music and right away she was like, ‘I want her to meet up with Dream.’ So I had a meeting with him and I played the record for him and performed for him, and he liked it so he signed me.

GMO: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share?

CM: Well, right now the song “Gangsta” is released, and I’m going to shoot a video for that early January. I’m going to be releasing more music and maybe spring I’m going to start doing shows.

GMO: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

CM: Yeah my advice—what I did for myself—I never stopped. Even the things that went down after the group, and after “The Business” things slowed down for me—but I never ever stopped. I kept singing, I kept recording, I kept trying. I stayed positive about everything. What I would say is keep going and don’t let anything stop you.

Isis Nicole

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Isis Nicole is a Cincinnati native majoring in Journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

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