Ethiopian-American rapper, model and actress Fershgenet Melaku popularly known as LoLa Monroe was born on October 23, 1986 in Addis Ababa and raised in Washington D.C. A renowned rapper who has featured other entertainment celebrities like Dj Khalifa, Chevy woods among others. Her musical style was influenced by musicians like Jay-Z, MC Lyte, Trina, Salt-n-Pepa, Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur.
Lola began writing poems and songs at the age of 12. She also 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 such as Kanye West and Trey Songz. She later became LoLa Monroe in 2007 which is a reference to the actress, model, film producer and singer Marilyn Monroe.
In June 2009, Lola 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.
In September 2010, she 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.
READ: Ester Aweke Biography
In 2011, Lola was nominated for Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards of 2011 and in October that same year, she 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.
Lola and rapper King Los gave birth to a baby boy named Brixton Royal Coleman on March 12, 2013.