We had the good fortune of connecting with Mondo Malone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mondo, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
Originally, born in Detroit, Michigan but I was raised in Clayton County, Georgia (Southside of Atlanta, GA). My parents had to move myself, including my older brother and sister down to Georgia. It was too dangerous to live in Detroit. I had to get accustom to southern comfort and southern hospitality. The biggest problem I went through my life was people being judgmental. The reason why I say that is because people always doubted me without giving me a chance. People are quick to judge me rather than realizing who I was as a genuine person. With that much impact, I had to prove people wrong by using my talents that were giving to me ever since I was born. I told myself, that I have to move in silence and be more observant of my surroundings.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is based on Southern Rap and Hip Hop. Everybody say that my music lane is so different that I have my own hip hop platform. I don’t sound like no rap artist across the globe. People say that my rap style remind them of Big Sean, Andre 3000, Big L, and Cassidy. I haven’t made it there professionally but, eventually I will get to the top of the rap game. So far, it’s not easy as independent rap artist. Without a manager, you’re handling everything on your own. I have prime examples of an independent music artists. You have to be mobile with your transportation and cellphone You have to save your finances to invest into your music craft. Also, you have to sacrifice certain fun activities that you used to do in order to make things happen for your future. Literally, I want the world to know that “I’m From the Last Of The Southern Breed.” Meaning, that I’m the last southern rap artist that still preserving the culture for Outkast, Ludacris, TI, Lil Wayne, Master P, Scarface, Trick Daddy, David Banner, Lil Jon, 3-6 Mafia, 8ball and MJG. I have to bring old school vibes to these new school times.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my best friend to Lennox Mall, Trap Museum, Top Golf, Andretti’s, grab something to eat at Zunzi’s, and take a walk around Centennial Park in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. I guaranteed it will be the best time of that person’s life.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I like to dedicate to my manager, Maureen Guest (founder of Mbodyment Underground Radio) for recognizing my gift as an upcoming hip hop artist. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be in a position in this underground rap game. I like to shout-out to Mbodyment Underground Radio, Fame Lyfe, Fly Mind Nation, & Self-Centered Entertainment for supporting my music since day one.
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