Beatevolution pres. Voice
Funk / Soul / Rap
Live: Voice (New Orleans)
DJs: The Beatevolutioners aka iGadget, Grizzly Adams, Millionaer & LeBob
If hip-hop was a woman, she would sound like Voice. From her topics and her beats to her sultry tone, Voice Monet is hip-hop with none of the testosterone and all of the attitude. She had just given birth to her second son when she dropped her debut album Gumbo (PTR/Featherperm) in 2006. She was studying to become a Yoruba priestess right around the time “NOLA Redux” feat Malkovich made the top of Gilles Peterson’s BBC World Wide Best Hip-Hop of 2009 list. She was teaching classfuls of New Orleans youth how to rap as an official Teaching Artist In Residence when Hope & Sorrow, the 2007 Decon/Atmospheriques release from celebrated French producer Wax Tailor, was certified silver. Between her solo releases and her collaborations with BBE, Ninja Tune, Canada’s Public Transit Recordings, UK’s Twisted Funk Records and Tailor, over a quarter of a million records worldwide bear Voice’s natural, magnetic presence, every line of every song delivered from the perspective of a mother, a lover, a teacher, a crusader. Part of a showbiz family with roots in Los Angeles and New Orleans, her father and sister – Lance Nichols and Indigo respectively– are both cast members on HBO’s hit show Treme, and her mother is jazz vocalist Zardis Nichols. A talented director, she is prepping High Bar Presents…, a webisode partner piece with sister Indigo to air Spring 2012. Voice is set to release her new EP CuTZ (High Bar Music) in April, the prelude to her official sophomore album Black Maria.