mone-smith-bio-picMoné “Medusa” Smith (MC) is the undisputed Queen of West Coast underground hip-hop. She has shared the stage with artists including Stevie Wonder, KRS-ONE, George Clinton, Public Enemy, Erykah Badu, Roy Ayers, Common, Meshell Ndegeocello, and MC Lyte.

She was the winner of a 2014 Female Hip Hop Honor Award and a 2014 West Coast Hip Hop Award, as well as honoree of Honolulu’s “Girl Fest,” which dedicated an entire day to Medusa and her accomplishments in music. Usually taking place every November, this all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)3 festival incorporates film, music, art, spoken word, and dance, complemented by a mini-conference involving panels, lectures, outreach workshops for children and adults that address themes such as body image, identity, empowerment, social change and methods on how to prevent violence in relationships, all of which are important themes of Medusa’s work.

Moné was on Next Level Team El Salvador.