Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Vh1access Interview: Somaya Reece Of Love and Hip Hop
Post Interview after the airing of Love and Hip Hop
How did you get on "Love and Hip hop" and do you regret doing it?
I was looking for a show but couldn't find one. It's hard to find a positive show. However. I went into a regular meeting with VH1. We discussed regular things like why am I in NY? What do I like to do on my time off?? etc etc And right away they offered me to be on due to my strong nature. I'm a strong woman and will not back down in the face of adversity or haters. I guess they liked that. They we're very friendly and welcoming in my meeting. I'm grateful Vh1 gave me a platform to launch my name off. I didn't know the show would be the way it was, so full of drama and dramatic situations. I don't ever meet people like that at all. I work with a lot of pretty professional people and cool girls. So this was a suprise to me, I enjoyed my meetings with Jim Jones in the studio and going in to do a hook for him which wasn't on the show. He was very professional, funny and helpful with advice about New York and my music. Everything else was.....
In many reality shows the cast knew each other beforehand. Did you know Emily, Chrissy, Olivia?
No one knew each other except Emily I believe she knew a few of the girls. I met them for the first time when I was being judged in the bathroom.
The First episode there was already drama with Chrissy confronting you. What was your reaction?
Exactly what you saw. All I could think of was "ohhhhhh she must be mad i'm working with Jim" or I thought maybe she thought I was trying to put the moves on him. Which as you can clearly see in the show I was never anything less than professional with Jim.
We gotta give you credit for your passion to get out there especially when Chrissy was an obstacle from getting that duet with Jim Jones. Do you still think its her fault?
Somaya Reece will NEVER back down. I am a fighter! I fight for my dreams no matter who tries to get in my way. Of course it was her fault. You didn't see the episodes? lol To be honest I didn't think it was her fault at first I thought it was because he said he had to finish his album. Then I saw the episodes and saw it was her. I'm not worried about it though. I had a list of people I wanted to with in the East and I got to work with everyone. He was on that list. He's the only one I didn't end up working with. Although I did go in and do a hook for him that was never used.
The photoshoot was going good until they told you to give an Vida Guerra Pose. What made you lash out?
I want people to know I am not a prude. lol There is nothing wrong with sexy photos at all. But I wasn't there to do a hardcore photoshoot. I was there to do a fashion forward shoot. I was already pretty pissed off. The stylist brought all the wrong outfits and the 1950's style hair person flaked. Because we were filming the show I couldn't cancel the shoot. We had to shoot it with a HORRIBLE look. So Iw as very un happy from the jump. I was just getting to know Maurice too so I was like ARE YOU CRAZY FOOL?? Another thing you didn't see is they had this bag full of used panties and asked me to pick one for my shoot. I was disgusted! So that was the backstory on me lashing out.
When you first Performed On stage and you saw Chrissy and Olivia. Did you think "Okay Fights are over" or did you know they came to check up on you?
I thought they were coming to make an effort to meet me. When I was saying my spoken word poem song and I looked at them directly they were not laughing all. They were smiling and seemed friendly. After the show they both came backstage to say they had a great time. So watching the episode that was a complete surprise to me. After speaking to Emily about that episode she told me she was never laughing at me at all. That they were there for a long time and she thinks they used a part from them earlier they edited to look that way. Who knows.
When Rich came lashing out at you during the finale, did you regret doing the Comments about olivia then?
That guys is a weirdo and abusive as you saw at the reunion as well. That is the reason I have my "Be You" and "Voices Against Violence" PSA campaign that directly speaks on men who are mentally, verbally and physically abusive towards women. I will not tolerate that! it's one thing to come "talk" with me then to come try to hurt me and think it's ok that they can get a way with that.
Overall How did you like your portrayal, and the show itself?
They never showed the positive things i'm doing. So hopefully if I am on a season 2 they will show the growth. Because as you can see I have so many real accomplishments happening now that is not on the show. And many happened while I was filming the show and they didn't show it. Olivias managers comments are delusional. My LionsGate & Pantelion film "Go For It" released a few days ago. It is in theatres across the US, my song is the soundtrack in the film and commercials on television. I play myself "Somaya Reece" in the film. The soundtrack and movie went #1 in the UK. The New York Times reviewed our film and we scored high. I have a custom high end shoeline, liquor brand, and accessory line launching over the next few months. My mixtape which is not the one on the show "Rebel With A Cause" drops in June and has amazing major artists featured on my songs. The song you see on the show with XO "Would You Still Love Me" has 2 television placements, commercial, 527,459 views on the video alone, 7 corporate endorsements, and is on the radio. My new single "Dale Mami" featuring Lumidee & DJ Spinking is also on the radio. The video previewed exclusively on XXL and got 200k views first day.
Who were your favorite cast members and worst?
All the ladies had some very real stories to share. I live for momma Jones! That's my girl!!!!
How are you with each castmember now?
Unless we are doing press together or the show, I don't speak to them except for Emily n Mashonda.
Describe each cast Member in One word:
Emily B.: Kind
Jim jones: Huslter
Nancy jones: Fun
Maurice: Tattoo (just kidding lol) Giving
Fan Twitter Questions:
@goforitgant: Is Somaya still working with her manager?
Yes however. I have 2 new managers added to my team. They are no joke!! Maurice will be working behind the scenes now. You will meet the new team soon.
@dslade110: If you had olivia by herself would she still be all that hard