The Monastery


The Monastery is a hip hop collective founded in Birmingham, AL, in 2010, centered around the up-and-coming duo Paco (22) and Carlos Charm (21).

"We chose the name "The Monastery" because the monastery is a facility where monks live, meditate, and reach enlightenment. We felt that music, a universal language, was the channel we could strongest help those around us come together and attain a higher understanding of the world, of others, and of ourselves."

Since the birth of the group, the rappers have shown growth and promise in their aspirations, each dropping two solo mixtapes.

Paco released "Tales of a High School Nothing," during the fall season of 2011, and Carlos Charm, who was going by his real name, Kieron, dropped "The New Testament" shortly after, at the beginning of 2012.

After changing his name to Carlos Charm, Kieron released "The Feast and the Famine" during the spring of 2014, but Paco would not release his second effort, "By Any Dreams," until early 2015.

Then, on June 9, 2015, The Monastery released the collaborative effort, "The Genesis" with strong hits such as "Move (Whack N*ggas) and "Just Goin' In" as crowd favorites.  

In light of the Valentine's Day holiday, Carlos Charm released his official EP "The 5 Stages of Heartbreak," which chronicled the emotions he conveyed while dealing with his first breakup. 



Photographer: Tevin Harrell

The Official Cover for "The Genesis"