“I’m not the most polished singer,” Montreea admits but what she does bring to the table is “raw, unbridled emotion.” Montreea, who was part of the documentary Pick up the Mic under the moniker Miss Money, has left the hip-hop game but her convictions to help people has stayed strong.
Montreea, whose name means faithful, is now following a larger calling with gospel performances. “[I] love God more than hip-hop and it’s evident in my career now,” she shared. “My main focus is strengthening my ministry so I can help people that are one emotion away from jumping off a building. The world doesn’t need any more exhibitionists. It needs more people that care about others.”
During a candid interview for Mic, Montreea stated that she was an artist above all else. While she doesn’t speak publicly about her sexuality anymore, she does promise that “if people pay attention, [she] spells things out. I’m so confident this is God’s plan for me,” she elaborated, “and not a single person has come to me about my sexuality because my message and Master is so much bigger.”
Montreea’s “days of singing hooks for secular rappers” may be over but she still dabbles in the occasional R&B song which is evident in her cover of Desree’s heartbreaking track “Kissing You” from the Baz Lurhman film Romeo and Juliet.
Key Tracks: “Kissing You,” “Next in Line” and “Let’s Get Married”. You can hear these tracks on Montreea’s website.
TreZure AKA Widow
Staying true to the game is an important facet of hip-hop and everyone’s truth is different. For TreZure aka Widow, part of her truth was coming to terms with her sexuality. In 2005, TreZure walked away from the hip-hop game. “I was coming out as a lesbian and with all that I was going through, just the adjustment to that change, made it hard for me to concentrate on music,” TreZure confessed.
After that five year sabbatical, TreZure came back to the game with her most personal work to date. 2010’s My Emancipation found TreZure celebrating her newfound truth not pulling any punches with the title track, announcing her arrival back in the game with “I’m Here” and the sexy ladies anthem “Again”.
TreZure was recently nominated for two Hip-Hop Female of the Year awards from the Carolina Music Awards and Queen City Awards but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing bigger goals. She’s currently working on new music with a hopeful September date but she’s not sure whether she’ll release it as only a mixtape or a full-fledged album. Either way TreZure is looking to make Atlanta know her name. “I really want to get into My Sister’s Room and perform…just go in there and tear it down,” TreZure laughed. Jen, if you’re reading this, look TreZure up, she’s definitely ready to rip the roof off that mutha.
Key Tracks: “Think About It” an open letter to the straight community and “Widow’s Back”
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