Somaya Reece Talks Life After Love & Hip-Hop
In the year since her departure from Love & Hip-Hop New York, Somaya Reece has maintained a relatively low profile here in the States. But in Latin America, the South Central Los Angeles-born beauty has been burning up the charts with her single “Descontrol”, and she has big plans stateside as well.
Somaya is currently working hard on her upcoming fitness brand, and surprisingly, she’s giving reality television another try. Her own reality show, which follows her hectic life as she takes on the role of taking care of her family and managing her career independently, will premiere in spring 2014 on Nuvo TV. I recently caught up with Somaya for my weekly column to get the scoop on her music, fitness brand, and life after Love & Hip-Hop. Check out highlights below.
ON HER DEPARTURE FROM LOVE & HIP-HOP:
“Everyone left for the same reason – it was time to move on from the show. It does not, from the beginning, reflect my brand or what I’m doing. Prior to Love & Hip-Hop – I mean people do know this – I had a very large fan base from Myspace. I was the #1 independent artist from Myspace that was brought to get signed. I was doing music and acting, and that was pretty much my goal, so when I got on the show, I thought it was going to be what they promised, which was girl power, and it wasn’t. And when that happens, I think it’s just time to move on, and it doesn’t matter if the ratings are – you know we got the ratings to 7, 11 million – if it doesn’t reflect your brand, it – I’m not for the fame, and that’s something that my fans have known from the beginning before Love & Hip-Hop. If it’s not giving you a platform that’s positive – I want to highlight women, and people in general, that are in the struggle and that come out from it in a positive way – and unfortunately, I was not allowed to do that on the show. Nor was I allowed to develop my brand on the show at all. And while we kicked it off, it was a great experience in the sense of I definitely learned a lot about that type of television, and as well as that it only opened up my fan base from the ones that I already had existing because I was already doing my thing in Latin America.”
ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH MONA SCOTT-YOUNG:
“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.”
ON THE EXTRA-NESS OF LOVE & HIP-HOP LEADING PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IT’S SCRIPTED:
“Oh, there’s a lot of extra, there’s a lot of extra, you’re right. There’s a lot of situations that they purposely do to provoke people; they purposely put people in situations on purpose, but how people react is a different story. That’s a natural reaction, unless someone tells them in the beginning, ‘you should do this.’ But I’m not a puppet, so no one could ever tell me what to do, and maybe that was part of the problem.”