Monroe was born Fershgenet Melaku (Fershgenet meaning "Fruit of Heaven" and Melaku meaning "Angel"). She is of Ethiopian descent. She was raised in Garfield Terrace, Washington D.C.. Monroe began writing poems and songs at the age of 12, using music as an escape and a form of expression
She later became, LoLa Monroe, her name for rapping, the "Monroe" is directly related to the Actress, Model, Film Producer and Singer Marilyn Monroe; due to the fact the two share a similar story. They were both discovered in the same fashion and used modeling as a entry to further their career in the Entertainment Industry. In 2009, Monroe retired from modeling[ to concentrate on music. She released her first mixtape, Boss b*tch's World, in June 2009. Only four month's later in October she released her second mixtape titled, The Art of Motivation. In the same year she released her collaboration mixtape with Lil Boosie (before he went to prison) titled, Untouchables
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