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Happy birthday Monie Love!

SHINING BRIGHT: Monie Love in 2004

BATTERSEA-BORN rapper tuned radio presenter Monie Love turns 47 today.

Monie, real name Simone Gooden, travelled to the states to enjoy a glittering career which has resulted in two Grammy Award nominations for singles It's a Shame (My Sister) and Monie in the Middle which feature on her 1990 album Down to Earth.

WATCH IT'S A SHAME (MY SISTER), BELOW ( CREDIT: DIGGINDCRATEZ/YOUTUBE):

Monie appeared on Queen Latifah's Grammy Award-winning track Ladies First as well as De La Soul's Buddy, helping her to cement her place in the Hip-Hop hall of fame.

The rapper spends much of her time on radio in the states today, representing the likes of Sirius, MySpace and regional stations.

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