Kenny Burns from Atlanta’s V-103 and RADIO.COM had the honor of chatting it up with Monica on Facebook Live just one day after her epic Verzuz battle with Brandy.
Burns started things off by letting Monica know that as far as he’s concerned the previous Monday night’s battle took both R&B superstars to “iconic status.” And if we’re keeping it real, he isn’t wrong. Brandy and Monica’s Verzuz battle brought in the most views in the entire show's history, with over 6 million verses in total, supposedly outperforming the MTV VMAs on Sunday night.
“You know what, it was a testament to what happens when we come together.It’s crazy cause we hadn’t even seen each other in eight years, we hadn’t spoken in eight years.” Burns took the opportunity to jump right in, pointing out a comment Monica made during the battle, of it being “unnecessarily difficult, this whole process… how was it unnecessarily difficult and why did it take so long?”
Monica kept things honest, “Well, I think communication is key, that’s in anything, and people don’t realize how important that is in a working relationship. Because when you have a certain foundation, then other things don’t play as major of a part, if the foundation is good….I just think our foundation needed work.” Monica also divulged that her and Brandy had a “dope conversation” where they were both able to explain certain things to each other, and because of that, able to move forward. For her, the off camera moments are the ones she will cherish, and expressed that if anything comes out of this entire thing, she hopes that the younger generation of artists can see, “that if we can come together, figure it out and do something we wanted to do, anybody else can.”
Initially Monica wasn’t so on board with participating in the battle, simply because of dealing with outsiders opinions. Lucky for us she decided to let those feelings go and even admitted that she’s “learned to be okay with people not knowing and not understanding.” Adding, “if you know what your intentions are, you can’t get caught up on the perception of it.” Preach, Monica, Preach!
For Monica, the evening was about “celebrating each other’s legacy” and after watching it we can honestly say that’s exactly what it was.
The two moved on to discuss an important topic that’s on Monica’s mind. The current legal battle to fight to free rapper C-Murder from prison. The New Orleans rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, received a life sentence in 2009 after a controversial murder conviction of 16-year-old Steven Thomas, who was shot and killed at a Louisiana nightclub in 2002.
“I’m very serious about helping him to one day become free. Now this isn’t a contingency upon anything pertaining to me. And I was a little disappointed that the narrative ended up going that direction. Because the truth is, is that goal is just simply that.”
Monica noted that when Miller went to jail his daughters were just children, and now they are “full grown women.” Knowing how it has affected both him and his children is what “pushed me to step into this place and to start speaking out on his behalf… to apply pressure to those who have such a big part, in not just incarcerating him but the mass incarceration that happens all over the world especially for our men, when there’s no evidence, or proper reasoning for them to be there.”
Monica admitted that she obviously knew of KKW, and even ran into her at events now and then, however, before reaching out she did her due diligence and researched her as well as her father to see why criminal justice and prison reform was a desire and passion of hers. After speaking with Corey, she was properly introduced to Kim by their mutual friend, LaLa. Monica disclosed that together they’ve studied this case, “talking about the specifics of it with his lawyers… learning that theres so much evidence that says he should be a free man.” Knowing this, Monica declared, “it pushed me to say that, if I do have a voice and I do have a platform, it has to be used for the things I believed in, and I believe in him.”