July 2, 1970 – English rapper and radio personality, Monie Love was born in Battersea, London. She is a well-respected figure in British hip hop, and made an impact with American hip-hop audiences as a protégé of Queen Latifah. She was a membership in the late-1980s and early-1990s hip-hop group Native Tongues. Love was one of the first BritHop artists to be signed and distributed worldwide by a major record label. Monie Love first gained critical and commercial notice in the United States in 1989 for her cameos on Latifah’s single “Ladies First” and De La Soul’s hit single “Buddy” and Tribe Called Quest. Love’s debut album, “Down To Earth,” spawned two Grammy-nominated hits, “Monie in the Middle”) and “It’s a Shame (My Sister)”. The album reached #26 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Love occasionally appears as a radio host on “The Rickey Smiley Show” on show “Dish Nation” on FOX.