Monie Love: Still ‘In The Middle’ 30 Years Later

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“Monie in the Middle / Where she at / In the middle.”

It’s hard to believe those lyrics first burst on the scene 30 years ago from the veteran rapper, Monie Love. Newsflash: Yes, we’re that old, lol.

Born Simone Johnson, July 2, 1970, Battersea, London, England. Monie Love has lived in New York since 1989, and is one of the few English hip-hop artists to achieve recognition in America. She first started recording back in 1988, releasing 12-inch singles. One of her first songs, “I Can Do This”, became a UK Top 40 hit in early 1989. Love has since worked with many other hip-hop legends including the Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah and others. She subsequently joined the Native Tongues Posse, while another hip-hop legend, Afrika Baby Bambaataa would produce her debut album.