DonMonique Is Changing New York City's Rap Game
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Contemporary rappers that pay homage to New York City's classic sound aren't exactly few or far between. What's rare, though, is to hear that old-school vibe paired with a woman's voice—and that's exactly what has helped DonMonique stand out from the crowd. A product of Brooklyn, the rapper initially brings to mind the explicit cockiness of Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown, but there's no doubt that she's got a style all her own. Her 2015 debut EP, Thirst Trap, is an eight-track compilation of songs that put her accent on full display as she asserts her independence and the fact that she doesn't need anyone's approval ("I'm a sweet bitch but don't call me sweetie," she spits on "ION"), over beats that warp the quintessential New York sound with autotuned hooks and trilly, icy elements. And if you need any assurance that DonMonique's appeal is evergrowing, her track "Pilates" was played during Alexander Wang's NYFW show (and also in one of Kylie Jenner's Snapchat stories, for what it's worth). Here, we get to know the rapper on the rise.