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Steel Notes Magazine Spring 2017 BONNIE BENJI Shaquasia Moneé (born May 6), better known by her stage name Bonnie Benji is a multi-talented rapper, singer, songwriter, danc- er, and actress. This american hip-hop recording artist was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City where she graduated from the Brook- lyn High School for Music and Theater in 2010. Bonnie is the second child and eldest daughter of 12 siblings. She started writing during her freshman year of high school in 2006 and later started recording early 2010. She managed her time in the studio but was also focused on earning her high school diploma. Struggling financially at a young age, her number one priority became to position herself to succeed in life and provide for family. Late in 2011, Bonnie attended Berkeley College, at a time when her music career was beginning to soar. She worked hard to make sure neither her studies nor her career endeavors lacked attention. Bonnie released the mixtape “Breakin All The Rules” Septem- ber 2012. Her raw, original, rap lyrics caught the attention of hip hop fans from all backgrounds and walks of life. In April 2014, she released her debut EP “Highlights”, which featured production from industry producers Fresh Beatz and Smoova. Also on the project were features by G Unit artist Uncle Murda. Two singles “Prada” and “XLs” were released off the EP accompanied by eye popping music videos and vi- suals. Her career has proven to thrive towards success amongst and beyond the underground scene. At age 21, she teamed with EMPIRE distributions, a business decision that has proven wise and ben- eficial. Building strong relationships with her fans and industry insiders, Bonnie has been afforded the opportunity to perform at over 100 venues nationwide and reach fans around the country thus contributing to her 50,000+ social net- working following and over 500,000 listeners. ‘Ratchet Goods’is set to be released later this year. Bonnie recently released her debut single “Somebody” featuring Fred The Godson. Her highly anticipated release features compel- ling production from Sonaro and Smoova. 72 Steel Notes Magazine