‘Drag Race’ Star Monique Heart Talks ‘All Stars four’ & Plans For an EP: ‘My Music Will Completely Crossover’


One factor we find out about Monique Heart is that she’s a natural-born director. During an appearing problem on season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she memorably insisted on yelling “reduce” whereas filming scenes, sending choose Michelle Visage — who was the precise director for the problem — right into a laughing match.

It seems that Heart’s penchant for course additionally makes her a pure editor. Throughout this interview, she offered a number of pointers, like “write that” and “put that in all capital letters.” We obliged.

Something else we find out about Heart? She is decided to show herself. After ending in eighth place on season ten, the queen returned to the workroom in lower than a 12 months to movie All Stars four. She shortly proved worthy of the redemption: she gained the primary problem of the season and was one of many 4 opponents nonetheless standing in final evening's (Feb. 15) season finale, narrowly lacking a high two end.

Billboard caught up the queen on Thursday (Feb. 14), the day earlier than the finale, to speak about her run within the competitors, her recommendation to the brand new batch of drag queens making their Drag Race debut and her plan to depart a mark within the music business: “You is not going to pigeonhole my music. My music will utterly crossover, will probably be utterly profitable.”

What had been your ideas whenever you first entered the workroom this season? Did you’re feeling like you can actually win this or had been you nervous with the competitors?

I knew I might win season ten and the one cause I didn't get there may be as a result of the Butterfly Killer had a greater mermaid costume. That’s the one cause I didn't get to the finale final time. This time, it was totally different. You clearly noticed that I walked in wanting like cash and the bitch delivered. Make positive you set that in there too, that Butterfly Killer half. Write that.

You had some unbelievable moments throughout All Stars four. Which is the one that you’re essentially the most pleased with?

All of those that I used to be robbed. Those are my most proud moments. Write that. I imply, the brown cow was beautiful, you already know? I beloved my Josephine Baker although Michelle Visage stated no to the factor. I attempted to actually give a robust, lovely, black illustration honoring our tradition. It bugs me that they're not residing for it, however the fandom positive did.

On the present, you talked about that you just attended and led a homosexual conversion remedy camp. How do you go from that to being within the high 4 of the gayest competitors on the earth? What has that journey been like?

Beautiful. The kindness and mercy of God exhibits you that the bullshit that the homosexual neighborhood has been taught, by means of the character and character of God, is clearly a lie. That He actually is tender and compassionate, that when He says He'll by no means depart you, clearly He meant that. So, I can take a look at my life and say, "Yeah, I used to be making an attempt to wish the homosexual away,” however clearly it wasn't occurring. I got here out, and He was there with me from the start surrounding me round good mates. I got here out in a protected area. I received to develop my drag in a protected area. Then He put me in Drag Race, after which He introduced me again. You can’t inform me that isn’t God. You can’t take a look at my life and inform me that I’m not blessed. God loves His homosexual kids. God loves Monique Heart. Stunning.

I believe I do know the reply to this, however out of the highest two, who’re you rooting for?

Monique Heart. Write that.

You launched “Brown Cow Stunning,” which is a complete bop. Do you propose on releasing extra music?

I completely plan on releasing extra music. We're truly ending up my one girl present. Shangela stated, "You have so much in your plate, simply focus, focus, focus." So, we end the one girl present this week, after which I soar into the studio to do an EP. I simply left Hollywood doing a little filming for a brand new tv present. I'm actually, actually excited. We're auditioning for a key roles in some precise movies. I'm actually excited now that she's doing it.

Would you say the music you're going to file can have the identical sound as "Brown Cow Stu –"

No, no, no. It will sound nothing like something drag-related. You is not going to pigeonhole my music. My music will utterly crossover, will probably be utterly profitable. It might be a bop like "Brown Cow Stunning,” however it would in truth be an alternate R&B, gospel, jazz, funk EP.

Who are a few of your musical inspirations for that?

James Brown. The church. SZA, H.E.R, James Blake, S. G. Lewis. I like Kendrick Lamar. I like Travis Scott.

It'll be effectively rounded, but it surely's going to be utterly lovely. We must cross over and actually make our mark in historical past. I really feel just like the homosexual neighborhood, in artwork and tradition, we now have been exploited and other people have made cash off of us. And I really feel like out homosexual folks — 'trigger there's tons of ones in Hollywood that aren't out which have made nice music — however so far as folks which can be out, I really feel like our music has not transcended the membership, and we have to try this as a result of we’re the shit. Amen. The homosexual neighborhood is the shit. Like, Jesus put us right here as a result of we’re the what? The shit. We're the additional. What God didn’t give to Adam and Eve, he gave to us, and that's why we’re what? Fabulous.

We simply must utterly transcend it over, and I do know it's an uphill climb. It's a battle, particularly being one which participates within the lovely world of drag phantasm artwork. You know, the world's going to attempt to pigeonhole us, however they gained't, 'trigger Jesus is actual. I'm anointed, and I'm proficient as effectively, simply watch. Sit again and be blessed.

I like that. And the way you're saying it's an uphill climb, it truly is. But I do suppose we're very near that time.

Very, very that. I imply, Aja is making strikes on this, have you learnt what I imply? I imply this bitch is killing the sport. And I simply wish to try this. I wish to be a bit little bit of Aja within the music recreation, a bit little bit of Shangela on tv. Put it like this: my title — this would be the drag queens. It will go RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Alyssa Edwards, Shangela, Monique Heart. There you go.

What else do you have got on the horizon?

Well, we've talked about music. Like, you stated that. TV I’ve, you already know, non-disclosures. NDAs are actual, so you may't discuss that till they launch it. But stepping away from actuality tv and actually crossing over into mainstream — you already know, TV sitcoms, NBC, WB. You know, simply making an attempt to get on actual, you already know? I imply, Mona Scott can completely put me on Love & Hip Hop if she needs to, you already know? I can get certainly one of them collectively. Mr. Bravo, what's his title? Andy Cohen, he wants anyone to get these housewives collectively, trigger you already know they’re a bit out of order.

What is your recommendation to the season eleven women as they begin to come into the general public consciousness?

First of all, I wish to say to the seven black women: congratulations and job effectively achieved. And then simply to all the women of shade: tremendous job effectively achieved. And to the entire women who’ve made it: beautiful. Now, right here you go. Starting off with the women of shade. Don't take their shit to coronary heart. These hoes don't give a rattling. Their opinions don't imply shit, and that's for all the women. Amen.

I can even inform them to have a back-up plan. Yes, it's true, you will get a brand new reserving payment at a distinct worth level and sure, you may choose your different baggage, however allow us to not be silly with it. Because honey, they might guide you at the moment, and fireplace you in the identical breath. Amen. Let us not be disrespectful, allow us to be skilled.

Also, do not forget that in case you are blessed with this chance, and woman, simply trigger you suppose you're sizzling, on the finish of the day you’re a man in a gown. And a brand new sizzling bitch will come and take your spot actual fast, you already know what I imply? Just to remind the women once more, THEY’RE ALREADY AUDITIONING FOR TWELVE. (Editor’s be aware: Heart requested that be in capital letters.) So, bitch don't put your shit too excessive, as a result of season twelve might be proper behind you. Very that.

Watch Monique Heart's music video for "Brown Cow Stunning" beneath.