KCRW’s Private Playlist: TOKiMONSTA

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this episode, I spoke with Jennifer Lee, aka TOKiMONSTA, who got her start in the beat battles of Leimert Park, and quickly carved out a space in the legendary Low End Theory scene out of Lincoln Heights. Her 2010 debut, Midnight Menu, was released on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label. Collaborations with Jessie Ware, Anderson .Paak, and Kelly Rowland followed. Her 2017 album, Lune Rouge, was nominated for a Grammy in Best Dance/Electronic Album, making her the first female Asian-American artist to be considered in that category.