Monaleo is balancing her personal life with her career.
The rapper – whose 2021 single “Beating Down Yo Block” went viral– gave birth to a baby boy she shares with her boyfriend, rapper Stunna 4 Vegas, in May. Just days after giving birth, she released two new hits, “We Not Humping” and “Body Bag.”
Still, for the Houston native, there is no time to continue making music like the present. In an interview with PopSugar, the rapper opened up on what it has been like adjusting to motherhood while balancing her career as a rising artist.
Although the new mom has continued to drop radio bangers since she came on the scene, the rapper admitted she moved at a slower pace before getting pregnant. "I was lazier before I was pregnant," Monaleo told the outlet. "I felt like I wasn't applying myself and I was comfortable in that space. But from the moment I got pregnant, immediately I was like, 'It's not about me anymore.' I have a little life to cultivate and a little human to take care of. And I want to make sure that I create the best quality of life for them because I know I didn't get that experience growing up. I want to make sure that they don't have the same story that I had."
Along her pregnancy journey, instead of taking it easy and resting, Monaleo opted for "going against the doctor's orders" to put the work in to produce her debut LP "Where The Flowers Don't Die." This was the perfect opportunity for her to avoid pressure to immediately return to work postpartum while bonding with her new baby. "I feel that I was able to really enjoy the fruits of my labor afterward because I completed the work that needed to be done."
She continued, “I've got to make sure that I keep showing up for myself and my child career-wise because, like I said, that's what's going to fund the comfortable lifestyle that I want for us to live."
Although it has only been a couple of months since having a child, Monaleo is “excited to get back to the studio.”
"I want to associate being a mom with cultivating a beautiful experience for my child," she shared. "I have to put in the work to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor and provide that lifestyle that I want to for my child . . . I want them to be able to travel and see the world, experience all the wonderful things that life has to offer."