You've got to pay the cost to be the boss and for the model formerly known as Angel Lola Luv, that price has been years of perfecting her craft and the sacrifice of her modeling career to rap. With the news that ex-video vixen Lola Monroe has linked up with Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang, it looks like she’s on the cusp of cashing in on all her hard work.
"That was when I was at my, like, highest peak and I decided, 'Okay, now is the time to make my transition into the career that I want to pursue," Monroe tells BET.com of 2007, the year she decided to stop doing vixen spreads. "So I was turning down so much money, so many requests, so many different things because when you're serious about something and this is what you want to pursue you have to make certain sacrifices … I'm just in this space where everything is about music and that's what I do 24/7."
Shortly after, Monroe dropped her first official mixtape, Boss B---h's World, back in 2009. The project was later followed by The Lola Monroe Chronicles: The Art of Motivation and the collaborative tape Untouchables with Lil Boosie, both in 2009 as well. Her last project, Batteries Not Included followed in 2010. The Crown Ain't Safe, hosted by DJ Ill Will, is up next.
Monroe reveals that her friend, Amber Rose, is responsible for linking her with Wiz, who had an admiration for Lola's grind. "We vibed out and he told me that he sees what I have going on in my music, my career, my Bossett movement," said Monroe. "[Wiz] is a positive person, a positive free individual that's about his business and that matches everything big that I've created on my behalf. So he was basically like, I want you to rep Taylor Gang, and we took it from there,."
Lola also says there are a few records with Wiz and Taylor Gang artist Chevy Woods on deck, as well as a new single she'll be announcing in a couple of weeks.
"I'm working on all new music and all new production, I'm really excited about and it's just a great time for me now," she says. "It's just everything new and I'm getting into my whole artistry, just next level stuff."
That “next level” includes the launch of her Triumphant Angel non-profit foundation in her hometown of Washington D.C. next month, the operation of her own label, Blue Rose Entertainment, to which she says she's technically still signed and her role as leader of the Bossett movement — a positive mindset that she represents for her fans.
"A Bossett is the female version of Boss … and to me it's not just about money or material things," she explains. "To me, being a boss means you're in control of your life. Whether you have children or you're in school. As long as you're grinding and you're trying to get to a higher point and reaching for the sky, that means you're a boss because you're in control of what goes on in your life."
(Photos from left: Blue Rose Entertainment, Taylor Gang)