Reality News:Somaya Reece was spotted with the some of the cast members of 'Basketball wives LA season 3. Jackie Christie and her husband hosted a a GLADD event benifet called " A Toast To Marriage Equality.
This is the first time though that we are seeing the cast as season 3 is currently filming. It looks Malaysia will be back as she is in the picture but as you can see they are two new girls!
Reality News: It's been a while since we've heard from former 'Love and Hip Hop' cast member, Somaya Reece, . She was one of the original cast members of the original 'Love and Hip Hop' and departed after season 2.
In an exclusive interview with4umf.com, she opens about why she left the show by saying she just 'decided to move on". She also shares her thoughts on 'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta and she is also working on her own reality show for Nuvo TV. On why she left "Love and Hip Hop" “Everything is fine. I just decided to move on from it, and she was cool with it, and that was really about it. I think it’s something juicier to say we have drama, but we don’t, and it was just not for me, at all, and we did discuss season 3, but it’s just not for me. It’s not for me, it’s not for Chris [Chrissy], it’s not for Emily, it’s not for Kimbella, it’s not for none of us that left the show. Everyone left for the same reason, and sometimes it’s better to do that, then to continue to work on something you’re not passionate about anymore.” Her thoughts on 'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" “You know what, everybody on that show is exactly how they are on the show in person. Some people just act extra crazy when the cameras are on, and that to me is not really authentic. They’re definitely authentic. It’s a show that I would really not like to be on because it’s so much going on, but they know what they’re doing, you know. They know what they’re doing. It’s TV that’s built for people to tune in to. I have met Joseline, Stevie J, Benzino, and they’re really cool people to me. I don’t really watch it, I caught two episodes from the first season, and never watched it again. From what I did see, that’s what Mona wants, you know, to push that type of television. She knows what she’s doing, and so does the production company, and I can’t say that I would watch it. It’s not my thing, but it doesn’t mean I would bash anybody for it, you know.” Her new reality show
“It’s not about not doing another reality show – I just don’t want to do that kind of reality show, that’s really about it. I would pretty much not want to be – I don’t want to have go to bed every day and think about should I wear sneakers today in case somebody wants to fight me, that’s not what I want. (laughs) I want to do another reality show just not a negative one. I’m currently producing & developing a show right now and it is about my hectic life, taking on the role of taking care of my family, managing my career independently, and a big part of my life is moving back to LA from New York, and I’m doing it with John Doe Media, and it will air and premiere in the spring of 2014. This show, will show you what I was showing you guys in season 1, which is my real struggle with transparency – I don’t pretend everything is perfect. I still have to juggle my life, family and career on my own.”
“It’s not easy because I am an one woman army if you will, and launching my fitness brand, opening up my record label, launching my boutique fashion line, this all coming together, flourishing, and I’m just really glad that a lot of fans are there for the ride. My current reality series will be launched on Nuvo TV. So, I’m just blessed that a lot of people are interested in giving me a show; it’s just that I don’t want a negative show. I don’t think you need to do that to get ratings. That’s a different type of show. There is an audience and there is room for those kind of shows. I think that’s what people mistake that does not reflect me. I do charity work, I go to shelters and juvenile halls to speak about violence so how would that reflect me being on a show where someone’s always trying to throw a punch at you. That just doesn’t make sense to me, at all.”
Former Love and Hip Hop cast member is taking shots at her ex , Joe Budden, in a new interview with Power 95.3 She says that he has been thirsty to be on the show since season 1 and she mentions that he has the tendency to fight with women rather than men.
"He's been, he's so thirsty to be on that show since season one. He is a thirst, thirst, thirst bucket. Everybody knows that. This isn't something that I'm saying that's not, you know, true. But you know, he has been so thirsty to be on that show since season one. I don't know why he wasn't even on it. I'm sure they were banking on me for being on season three. ... He only fights with girls, he'll never fight a man. He only fights with girls, I think everybody knows that and I'm sure he'll have a lot to say from this interview but, personally, I don't have anything positive or negative to say about him except what I have experienced and personally, I think no man should be fighting women, in general. He's thirsty and he's been thirsty since season one."
Former Love and Hip Hop star, Somaya Reece, has released her new music video for her single "Descontrol" which shot in the Dominican Republic. The video features Lapiz Coniente, who is an Dominican MC.
Global Grind did an exclusive interview with Love & Hip-Hop star Somaya Reece. Check it out!
GLOBALGRIND: What made you decide to join the cast of "Love & Hip-Hop?"
SOMAYA REECE: I was looking to take my brand to the next level. I had been in meetings with other producers for other reality shows. And I hadn't found anything that fit kind of what I was doing like my music, acting and just my story in general. The show developed as we started filming. It was perfect. The producers let me know like "hey, you can go to the studio on the show," and it seemed like a perfect fit for me at the time. It made sense.
GG: What's the most difficult part about being the wife or girlfriend of a rapper or hip-hop artist? SR: I don't know because I'm not one.
GG: What are your top 3 favorite hip-hop albums of all time? SR: Definitely Nas' "Illmatic." Gosh. Does it have to be English hip-hop? There are so many good ones. Tupac's "All Eyes On Me." RIP to Mr. Christopher Wallace. "Ready To Die" is a great album too. Those are my top three. A lot of the things they speak about are my life.
GG: You want to be a rapper, what or who inspired you to begin rapping? SR: Well I come from a like a Spanish background and I grew up listening to Spanish rap and my sisters introduced me to English rap. I started listening to Tupac and a lot of West Coast rap and I found my way into East Coast rap. A lot of it wasn't that I wanted to be a rapper. I just wanted to be involved in music as a kid. I grew up in a traditional Latino family, every Sunday my mom would make us go clean and we'd be blasting music while we were doing our chores. I just wanted to be in music in general and it evolved into me rapping. I love hip-hop and I listen to hip-hop all the time. It really started with me as a kid.
GG: What is your favorite hip-hop lyric of all time? SR: Tupac's verse of "Dear Mama." "The same drama/when things went wrong we blamed mama/ I reminisce on the stress I cause, it was hell/ huggin' on my mama from a jail cell." That's a reflection on how I was as a kid and a teenager. I always wanted to blame my parents for the trouble I was causing.
GG: What do you have planned next for your career? What is Somaya up to in 2011? SR: I'm really excited about the show. It's actually a really great opportunity. At the moment right now, I have a single "Dale Mami." It's a very clear indication of the style of rapping I'm doing. I'm working on my own accessory line that will have a major campaign behind it. I'm currently working on an album and a mixtape. I want to do an organic movement to create buzz for my album.Also, I have my film coming out. A Lions Gate Film in May, it's called "Go For It." My record is the score on the film. I play myself in the film as well. You're definitely going to see me a lot in 2011. I'm an actress as well as a musician.I'm going back to focus on acting, and launching my charity campaign. It's going to be a very big campaign. I believe in non-violent lifestyle, because of my life in the past. I want to be a voice in hip-hop that supports that. It's called "Be Yourself," and basically correlates with the show with me standing up for myself and what I believe in. It's a really good thing for kids to learn from it. It's hard growing up and there's a lot of pressure in life. Those are the main things I'm pushing. A lot of brand developing. We're definitely putting out a lot of music and a lot of record labels are kind of interested in me now, so that's a good thing.
GG: If you could work with any hip-hop artist who would it be? SR: Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and TI. Kanye is falling into a different category with music as far as becoming more popular and mainstream with his music. I really wish I could work with Nas, but I may be wishing a little too much?
GG: What are your thoughts about Twitter beef? SR: I don't know. Twitter beef seems to like me. I don't know. MySpace was about promoting, Twitter has become about beef. I don't really have an opinion, but I do know it seems to like me. @Somaya_Reece
GG: Your Non-Violence platform is inspiring, because a lot of violence is unfortunately connected to hip-hop. SR: I came from the hood and it's hard not to get involved in violence. So I've seen what the streets do to people. I'm so happy that I had the will power to change. I continue to share my story. I don't like pity parties. So don't feel sorry me. Take what happened to me and learn to never make the same mistakes twice. I never made the same mistake twice.We (rappers) get so many stereotypes about violence. If you have one person speak up about it, I believe other people will begin to speak out as well. I think it's going to be a really good thing. This is all from my experiences. I love to empower women as well. I don't do it for press and I go speak at battered women shelters and The Boys And Girls club. This is what I do. This is what I love to do.You can't treat me any less than an equal, because we're all human. Life is hard and not everyone is going to like you. If you let people know that they won't have any power over you. I am the master of my own destiny. And there are other people that can be inspired by that.
GG: Anything else you want to share with GlobalGrind? SR: I've created a free phone hotline, where I leave inspirational messages. A lot of my fans love it. It's a really big deal. Fans from 11 years old and grown men and women call in to hear my inspirational messages. I do call people back. The number is (213) 785-7668. Please call up. Also "Dale Mami" is dropping soon. I really encourage everyone to be themselves in all circumstances as well
Somaya Reece tweeted on her twitter page that her upcoming VH1 show starring her is is done filming. It should air sometime early next year. She is also going to star in a leading role in a Broadway play in New York City.
Here are sneak peek pics of Somaya Reece's new upcoming VH1 show. She became popular on myspace for her music. I've heard there will be a lot of drama on this show. Olivia from G-unit will also be on the show and Emily B which is in one of the pics below. The airdate will be announce soon.
First and Foremost introduce self to our readers online and around the world?
Somaya Boss Reece "La Jefa" is a survivor of life, an artist, a sister, a daughter, most importantly an inspiration to everyone. Especially those who don't let struggles stop them from achieving their dreams.
Tell me a bit about how how you got into music industry and how long you have been recording and performing for?
Musically literally saved my life! Some people don't know my story but I started music to get out of my violent and alcoholic abusive home. I was trying to find a way out into something positive. I stared playing the violin and singing chorus when I was 9. I tried my best to stay positive by using music as my outlet but the streets sucked me into a lifestyle of gangs. I lived a very dark life until I was 18 when I finally got sick of it and knew I had to change my life. I always had my music as my therapy though. It changed my life forever. When I turned 18 I was still living in the hood cleaning houses as a maid. I really wanted to record music but couldn't afford it. Naively, I would go to the library and post ads looking for producers. Mind you I had no idea how to even use the internet, nor did I know the creeps that lurk on there. As you would expect I encountered a lot of frauds. But I kept on. I then was found by Tom from Myspace and asked to join. Little did I know that would help pave where I am today. 31.8 million views later, a lot of heart ache, fraudulent managers/producers, falling flat on my face, making many mistakes and seeing many lies in the industry. I started to create fans by just being ME. Not selling them anything, just telling my story and being honest. Never fronting I am anything I am not. Frankly I didn't have money to make merchandise, I only had enough to ride to the bus to clean houses with my mom, until later when I bought a car. But I kept going because I had a vision. I kept pushing and finally started getting really great deals and big checks that I re invested into myself and properties. The labels finally took notice to my big viral movement. They would call Myspace before taking a meeting to make sure my stats were legit and not some kind of engineered program so gain a lot of plays. I was called into Myspace Records because my page was causing so much noise and response. The statistics were legitimate, after all they can check your page. lol They are Myspace Records! Between it all I would perform anywhere and everywhere there was an audience. I had to fall before I could get better at my performances. I feel comfortable now on a stage, whether it is 100 people or 10 thousand. The stage is where I belong. I am never afraid. I have seen the bottom and what's underneath that. I go hard for my dreams! For myself, and for the world. I did it respectfully, no one can say or prove otherwise.
Your new album which is has been set to be released later this year Titled "Miss Opinionated" has been well anticipated tell me about some of the people you worked with on this project and touch on the new single "Tramp" and what your fans can expect from you on this album?
My first album will be called Miss Opinionated because I have a lot to say and alot of people to get at on my album. lol I am not in a rush to make the album. I want to create a demand for it, create a larger organic movement as I am now, then focus on that. The biggest mistake people do is rush to make an album when album sales are at an all time low. Singles and ringtones is where it's at. I'm focused on singles and my mixtape. Tramp was a song that originally was written as a rap song. But the producer thought it would be better song if it was a pop friendly song. So I took a risk and tried it. And a lot of people vibed with it, especially the message. It was very new to my fans though. The album will most likely done by K Mac (Soul diggaz) Seige (Detox/Busta/Missy) and Cito On The Beat (Joe Budden/Lil wayne/Fabolous) The sound to expect from my album is very pop/hip hop with a heavy Latin influence. I never compare myself to anyone however it has been said my label execs the sound is very PitBull, Missy Elliot with a heavy club influence. It's flattering to know that as they are some of my idols. My mixtape which will be presented by Diggy & Young Simmons DJ Spin King. It will be all hip hop with my Spanglish lyrics of course. This one will be not so radio friendly. Mostly lyrics, a lot of rap collabs, personal stories of my hihgs/lows, and my daily struggles. The mixtape doesn't have a name yet.
II'm aware earlier in your career Myspace.com named you the #1 female Rap Artist how has that success you had then transpired now to your present day movement?
A lot of pressure! If you are looking for a hardcore rapper. That is not me. I stick to what I love to do and being it is Spanglish it puts me in my own lane and i'm pop friendly. That is the biggest market with the most revenue to get into. I love it. I have endured a lot of struggle due to being named this. Because I am a female alone many people have either 1-slammed the door or 2-vibed with my movement. It took years to polish up my skills. I'm not a freestyle type of artist, I am a writer. Big ups to everyone that does it though. I prefer to do a more Latin influenced style of rap, not to be confused with Reggae Tone although I do get down like that. It is very americanized Ala' Pitbull. Because that is my culture, that is what I want to do. I'm bringing a whole new style/lane that is untouched and by far the biggest market I get into. Latino, European dance, and the American market. I love it. No one can touch what i'm doing. It's cultural yet worldly.
So as an actress you have featured in films such as American Psycho, The Scorpion King, and have been featured on hit TV series such as Entourage and Girlfriends some one so talented like your self was it easy transitioning into film oppose to making music and what's new with your acting career?
Low key. I did it both at the same time. I have a lot of commercials under my belt too. I started at the very bottom as an extra, then when organically grew into speaking roles. My commercials were an entirely different story. I just love the stage. I also do the method acting technique which is what I use to bring out these characters. I take my real life experiences and use them into a live performing art. I have studied acting for 9 years, right when I turned 18. I never had agent doing this which is the funniest part. I'm a hustler. I figured out how to get into the auditions, when I got in, I killed my audition and booked them. I just signed to my first legit agency. They are ex William Morris agents. The best of the A Listers representation. I'm excited. I am now up for very heavy hitting parts with credible actors you see out now. I'm excited about the future.
You recently where chosen as the model for the relaunch of PlanetPit.com how did that whole situation come about. And how was it working with Pit bull and the other members on that photo shoot and project?
I am not a model at all. I flew out with VH1 to meet with Pitbull and we set up a killer shoot with PlanetPit.com It was a great experience. Pitbull is so funny and such a great guy. He blessed me with a meeting that I could never even think would happen due to him being a super star. It was a blessing to finally meet him. He is my idol! Unfortunately there is not much I can say about this shoot as it is part of a VH1 project. However, let's not get it twisted I am an artist, not a model. He gave me a platform to be on his website. I am thankful as it has exposed me to many of his fanbase as well as I have promoted my fanbase to visit his website. Check out the shoot, it;'s fabulous!
How do you feel personally about the state of Female Rappers in Hip Hop right now?
I'm glad that we have females getting recognition on a worldly level. I plan on being in that lane as a Latina. I'm very much into girl power so you know i'm rooting for my girls!
Besides you being Latin what do you feel separates you from other female rappers in today's music industry?
My out of the box style, my honest story, ME. I cannot be duplicated!
How has the Internet impacted your career?
It's funny because the viral world is where it's at. For years I was clowned on the internet because people didn't see it was the future of everything. Music videos, artists are now breaking and discovered on the internet. I was ahead of the curve thank goodness. I am where many want to be at. Locking down the internet is not easy, I did it and benefit in many ways due to it. Television deals, record label offers, film scripts, campaigns etc etc
Whats Next for Miss Somaya Reece?
I'm currently filming with VH1 but I cannot mention what it is about. Except I am an artist on the show. I shows my struggle in the game. I'm brining the side of the game people are afraid to admit too. How hard it really is! Something all the underdogs of the world can relate too. As mentioned before I am working on my mixtape with DJ Spin King. I have many great features that have confirmed they will be on my mixtape. I am locking down a record deal now. I am making the decision to take it or wait a little longer. I am being featured on a lot of records for 2011 And of course. I am going heavy on my viral and campaigns I have in the works. My team and I are working on making Somaya Reece a household name. And it will happen, sooner than you think.
Before we conclude this interview any last words! please tell your fans where they can stay on top of Everything SOMAYA REECE!
Visit my website where I update content daily www.MissReece.com Everything is there, music, my bio, where I will be and personal video blogs.
Carlton Jordan reports that sometime in the ast couple weeks, Somaya Reece got into a heated argument with Olivia (Some singer who used to run with G-Unit). Of course this shit wouldn’t be important to us at all unless it involved a VH1 show and it’s also reported that along with Somaya, Olivia is also a cast member of what we currently know as the Diary of a Hip Hop Girlfriend show and that this incident supposedly took place during filming Since I’m on this subject, a couple other possible spoilers are that Emily Bustamente(Fabolous’ girlfriend) is also strongly rumored to be a part of the cast and Somaya is the most disliked cast member because she’s from Los Angeles and the show along with most of the cast is centered in New York City
Somaya Reece is popular Myspace music artist with with 30 million views and over 800,000 friends. She was nominated for "Internet hottie" in 2008 at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards and was named "The Hottest Woman" on the web by E!.
She is also an actress apprearing in movies such as The Scorpion King and American Psycho. She also appeared on TV shows such as Girlfriends and Entourage.
She is now getting her own VH1 show. Which is filming right now.