If there is a group of soldiers in the game who know a little something about the grind, New Jersey native, Remy Boy Monty and his crew are a prime example of starting from scratch and putting in the work to create a rap entity that cannot be matched. As a standout and frequent collaborator with his right hand man, Fetty Wap, Monty is steady on the verge and cementing the scene of his dreams. I caught up with Monty to discuss growing up in New Jersey, the new mixtape in the works, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers and tell us how the Remy Boyz came to life.
Monty. Remy Boyz came to life because we were just artists who wanted to make music. We’re all from the area, Paterson, New Jersey. We all had a passion for music. We came from different areas of town. Me and Wap came together and we made our first song together. Remy Boyz started right then and there.
What do you perceive stands out about New Jersey that inspires so many great rappers and musicians?
I feel like we got our own swag. We alway been a little different. New York has always been hot so it kind of shines over Jersey so when Jersey artists come out, they gotta be real, real hot. We’ve had artists like Queen Latifah, you know, artists that have been coming out for a minute. I’m not saying we’re the only artists that pop like crazy, but New Jersey got their own style.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
One of my first tattoos says “more than music” across my arm. I got that from this guy in my area named Wiz. He does everyone’s tats, for years, since I was little before I was even getting tattoos. That’s one of my favorite tats. I got it in like ’07-’08. Now I look at it and see how far we’ve come. It really is more than music.
I also got 1738 tattoo tatted on my arm and a Zoogang piece tatted on my neck. That was my most painful. Hurt a little bit, but I got through that. At the end of the day, it’s Zoogang, Remy Boyz, so those are my favorite pieces.
You just dropped your new track, “Know Shit”, featuring A Boogie. Tell us about what inspired the fire within your lyrical delivery.
Shoutout my bro A-Boogie for jumping on “Know Shit” with me. That record came out crazy. I wanna give a shout-out to Orlando who set it all up. A-Boogie, he’s poppin. I f*ck with his mans, shouts to PnB Rock too. That’s the other homie. I ended up going to their studio that night. We were just kickin’ it. They played the beat, my man O played it, A-Boogie did the hook, and I jumped on the verse. Also shoutout Honorable C.N.O.T.E. on the beat too. That beat was so crazy. Flex loving it and playing it. They been playing it all up and down the east coast so it’s all love.
What advice can you give to the kids spittin’ in street cyphers attempting to follow in your footsteps and achieve their goal of becoming a rapper?
Never stop. You never know what can happen, what’s the outcome. We could’ve quit a long time ago. We never stopped. Now look what happened. So my advice is to never stop, keep grinding, keep going, and you never know what plans may unfold later on down the line. We’re living proof.
Fetty Wap just dropped his new mixtape, ‘Zoovier’. Needles to say, you are featured throughout. Tell us about the recording and creative process behind this release.
To be honest, Wap has so much music stashed away, it’s not even funny. We got so much music backed up. On Zoovier, most of the songs we did, we recorded previously that week. None of ’em were old songs. We just through all the RGF artists on there. I was like “you got the tracklist?” and I turned around and it was out already. It was that quick. That’s basically how it went about. Just wanted to throw something out real quick. Came out crazy. Shoutout my brother Zoowap man, 1738, and we still holdin’ it down.
Any upcoming tour plans or shows that you can fill us in about?
I believe we’re supposed to go on tour soon, top of 2017, got a tour coming up with Trey Songz. We have a whole lot, supposed to be going on our own tour too. I think New Years is gonna be in Canada. We got San Diego this weekend. We been bouncing around. Just got back from LA yesterday. We have so many shows, I be forgetting, haha.
Do you perceive translating your life experiences into music as a therapeutic process? If so, how so?
Honestly, I wouldn’t say it’s therapeutic. I just write because it’s all I know. I write whatever I feel like. I just wake up and write about past experiences and what I’m feeling at that time.
What do fans of Remy Boy Monty have to look forward to over the next six months?
New mixtape – Monty Zoo Pt. 2. Another new single. New videos. Y’all are gonna get everything. I might f*ck around and drop another mixtape too. 2017 is our year. Year of the Remy Boyz.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
We got new Remy Boyz merch coming out real soon. In stores everywhere. Look out for that. I might be dropping a new sneaker line as well. A whole lot of open doors for us, you never know. And thank y’all! Appreciate the opportunity!