Professional graffiti artist Monk.e is among the competitors for the La fin des faibles competition. This contest, to find Québec’s best rapper, starts Monday, March 1st, 2021. This “Olympics of Rap,” patterned after the long-running international competition the End Of the Weak MC Challenge ® will be broadcast on Télé-Québec Mondays and Wednesdays, from March 1st to March 24th, at 8 p.m.
Monk.e is the author of the poetry anthology Couronne à double tranchant (Double-Edged Crown), published by Éditions TNT in 2018. This 38-year-old artist has traveled around the world to show off his music. He’s participating in La fin des faibles in order to conquer his home province’s public’s hearts.
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“I feel like I’ve been living that proverb for over 10 years,” he says. “I’ve accomplished magic jetting from country to country, without making waves in Québec. But I know my shock wave will eventually reach here, and that it’ll have a unique impact.”
La fin des faibles might be the trigger that propels him to the stratosphere in Québec. Only time will tell!
Monk.e wants to spread his philosophy through his poetry during prime time. To accomplish his musical mission, he’s putting the accent on his authenticity, his mission in life, his intentions, his integrity and his depth.
“My literary gifts, channeled into rap, are honored each day by tireless practice, and by my refusal to water down my intensity in order to please,” he says.
“Creativity isn’t just in the work the artist offers, but in the ensemble of the conceptualization, realization and presentation. The why and the how are really important in the identity of someone who chooses the arts as their path.” He opens the door to his creativity by contextualizing his lyrics in a unique manner.
Having won the Canadian End of the Weak challenge from 2012 to 2014, and having represented Canada on a planetary level each time, can Monk.e convince judges Koriass, Sarahmée et Souldia? Can he win the title in his home province?