Long Beach, CA - Raised in the city of Long Beach, CA, a city made famous by Snoop Dogg for it's gang violence and constant street warfare, Samoan rapper and nephew to Boo Yaa Tribe, who first gave America's South Pacific residents the pride to express themselves musically, comes Monsta.
Featured on the upcoming October 5th release, "Savage presents: The Tribal Council" compilation CD (Dawn Raid/SMC/Fontana) Monsta is no stranger to the world of rap music. He was an intregal part of Platinum-selling Yukmouth's Rap-A-Lot recording days.
A former Hollywood bodyguard to the stars, the perils of L.A.'s gang life left their mark on Monsta when he was shot twice while attending an industry event. This near-death experience forced him to re-evaluate his direction and upon turning his life around, Monsta was given his first musical break after rapping for Snoop Dogg's then-producer, L.T. Hutton.
Now a part of the Dawn Raid family, Monsta has several tracks on the upcoming "Savage presents: The Tribal Council" , including "Long Beach Raised Me" and is preparing his own solo debut album, expected in February 2011. The as-yet-untitled album will be released via Dawn Raid's deal through SMC/Fontana and is expected to feature artists like The Jacka, Husalah (Mob Figaz), Hell Rell (Dipset) and Ganxsta Ridd. Production duties will be handled by the likes of FINGAZZ and Twice As Nice.
Monsta now divides his time between L.A. and Australia.