Article Contributed by The Oriel Company | Published on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Today, GRAMMY Award-Winning bassist and experimental musician, MonoNeon, gives listeners another taste from his upcoming album, Quilted Stereo, with his upbeat and unifying new single, “Segreghetto,” released via Court Square Recordings.

Kicking off with a fast-paced drum beat, “Segreghetto” instantly grabs listeners’ attention as the track evolves with a signature MonoNeon bassline. The beats continue throughout the song, allowing MonoNeon’s rap verses to be at the forefront of the track as he uses clever wordplay and a catchy chorus to preach a message of unity, “from Orange Mound to Compton.” The track is a masterful fusion of jazz, rap, and more, once again exhibiting his genre-blending prowess that makes his sound unique. The accompanying music video is the perfect visual representation of the single, showing MonoNeon on a pier dancing to the track in one of his signature quilted outfits, even donning a split-color ski mask. WATCH HERE

“The term ‘Segreghetto’ encapsulates the intersection.. them crossroads of segregation and ghettoization… perseverance in this human experience,” explains MonoNeon. “‘Segreghetto’ is a thang where it’s a testament to the enduring spirit of yourself in your community and culture. Like offering a voice to those that are overlooked or misunderstood… carving out your own path even in the midst of systemic inequalities. When me and my friend Davy were writing the song ‘Segreghetto,’ I felt like this junt could be  inspiration to anyone willing to defy the odds and chase their dreams, wanting that gold medal.. no matter the obstacles that lie in their path and journey.”

“Segreghetto” followed on the heels of “Quilted!,” a funky early taste of MonoNeon’s upcoming album, Quilted Stereo, with a feature by Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton. Fans can look forward to another iconic collaboration on the album with a Mavis Staples feature on the track “Full Circle.” Quilted Stereo is set to propel MonoNeon as a leader in the experimental music space. Across the nine tracks, he displays an expert knowledge of blurring genre lines to create his own unique musical style. Fans can presave the album digitally HERE and preorder the vinyl HERE.

Boasting collaborations with Prince, Nas, Ne-Yo, Mac Miller, and other legendary artists, MonoNeon has solidified himself as a versatile backbone in the music industry. Self described as quirky, the quilted clothing often worn by the artist gives him a signature look to match his signature sound and digital content that has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of views. His distinct blend of funk, hip-hop, blues, and a myriad of other influences are fused to create what can only be described as a sonic quilt.

Last month, MonoNeon completed a 10-show run at the historic Blue Note in New York city, joined by special guests including Eric Gales, Eshu Tune (Hannibal Buress), and Mike Stern. In July, he’ll bring his electric live show on a 13-date US run, performing in Nashville, Boston, Oakland, and more. Fans can purchase tickets HERE, and a full list of upcoming shows can be found below.

July 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
July 28 - Chicago, IL - Outset
July 29 - St. Louis, MO - City Winery
July 31 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
August 1 - Nashville, TN - City Winery
August 2 - Durham, NC - Missy Lane's
August 3 - Durham, NC - Missy Lane's
August 10 - Portland, OR - The Get Down
August 11 - Carnation, WA - The Thing Festival
August 30 - Memphis, TN - Overton Park Shell

MonoNeon, is an American bassist and experimental musician from Memphis, known for his social media presence and being one of the last people to work with music icon Prince. MonoNeon has contributed to Grammy Award winning albums, including his participation on the 2020 Nas album King's Disease. In 2021, MonoNeon was nominated for a Grammy for his contribution and participation on Jacob Collier's album Djesse Vol. 1. In addition to his work on Cory Henry's album, Operation Funk.

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has referred to Mono as “the greatest fucking electric bass player”. On November 1, 2022, Fender released the MonoNeon Collection, which included the MonoNeon Jazz Bass V Signature.

As for what is ahead for the artist in 2024, expect more social media content where he harmonizes the speech of viral clips found on TikTok and Instagram. As for his song development and studio time, he says, “I just want to keep making great music and take it up a notch, all I can think about is making music