Originally Posted by Miss Thang
Chile I didn' see it but I heard bout it on the radio that she was gonna talk to Al Roker wife. The thing is that this story is so old now. I know it sad but I already seen Miss Monica talk about it on another show about 4 months ago and they been talkin bout on the radio for 2 years or sumthin. Miss Monica on the low was suppose to had a kid with Dallas Austin and that the kid was adopted by somebody form Monica family.
dang, Dallas likes to father kids with his singers that he's working with don't he?
Anyway hears a good article about Monica.......
Music update: Monica
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
The delays and false starts surrounding the release of Monica's third album, "After the Storm," are a minor bump in the road compared with the personal upheaval she's endured.
During the four years since the release of her two-million-plus-selling album "The Boy Is Mine," Monica witnessed her first love commit suicide, then saw an ex-boyfriend incarcerated on a murder charge.
Quite a load for a former teen R&B queen barely into adulthood. Yet the 22-year-old has emerged from personal tragedies with her serene demeanor, positive vibe and trademark sassy attitude intact.
She's also got a No. 1 album. Behind the hit single "So Gone," Monica's album debuted at the top of the charts, selling 185,506 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen Soundscan figures released by J Records.
There are no mournful songs on her disc - even the tune she penned about her ex-lover's suicide is an up-tempo groove that's both a tribute to him and an affirmation of her own life.
"The positive side is that experience in those things, and making it through, makes me feel encouraged about continuing on," she said during an interview at the J Records offices. "There's never been a time where I've said, 'I just can't make it.' "
That seems to be Monica Arnold's motto in life. The singer was just 12 when
she was discovered by fellow Atlanta resident (and big-time record producer) Dallas Austin. A year later, she had her first smash hit: "Don't Take It Per½½½sonal (Just One of Dem Days)," a groove brimming with attitude that belied her young age.
"She was very mature, and even though she didn't have a record out, she already acted like a true diva," joked producer Carsten "Soulshock" Schack, who along with partner Kenneth Karlin produced some of her earliest hits as well as three tracks on her new album.
The hits continued for Monica over the years, from her Grammy-winning duet with fellow one-named teen singer Brandy, "The Boy Is Mine," to "The First Night." By the time she was 18, she was an established R&B princess with millions of album sales to her credit.
Yet despite Monica's glamorous world, the self-described homebody never went Hollywood. Keeping her connection to the streets is how she became close to Jarvis Weems, who had at one point been involved in drug trade.
The pair dated off and on for a couple of years, and were together at the time of his death. In fact, Monica was next to Weems when he shot himself to death. Weems was distraught over his brother's death; he was sitting in a car near the cemetery, where he had just visited his brother's grave.
The devastated singer spent the first few months afterward in denial and depression, later lessened by spiritual guidance from her mother and stepfather, a minister. Still, Monica doubts she'll ever recover.
"Afterward, I felt, 'What else could I have done?' You replay that situation over and over and you switch it around: 'Maybe if I had said this, or if I would have done that,' " she says.
Monica endured another crisis with an ex-boyfriend when Corey Miller - better known as rapper C-Murder, the brother of Master P - was charged with murder in the slaying of a teenager. Although Miller is in jail with no bail awaiting trial, the pair remain close
Given all the drama she had experienced, Monica wanted her upcoming album to reflect the serious tone her life had taken.
"I just wanted to give the people back something that had personal passion ..."she said.
Yet the first single released from the project was a fluffy dance track that borrowed its beat from Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T." It went nowhere on the charts. A follow-up song, "Too Hood," also got a lukewarm response. The album's tentative release was pushed back several times.
In addition, it was heavily bootlegged in Japan, according to J Records. That prompted Monica to go back into the studio and retool the album, with help from Missy Elliott, the album's executive producer
One tune from the old project that remains on the new disc is "I Wrote This Song," which speaks of her relationship with Weems.
"Sometimes the smallest things happen to an artist, and everything just crashes," Schack said. "She's found a way to deal with it."