Remy Ma Is Still Traumatized By Prison
From being Grammy nominated, to opening up for Beyoncé, to appearing on billboards across major cities, to their glamorous red carpet shots from the 2017 Grammy Awards – Remy Ma and Fat Joe have been on a productive and successful wave since their single ‘All the Way Up’ (released last year) did major numbers.
In preparation for their album ‘Plato O Plomo’, Remy and Fat Joe stopped by The Breakfast Club to spill the tea about how they felt about The Grammys, the aftermath of Remy’s ectopic pregnancy and
what’s to come for the two independent artists. Peep the excerpts below.
On their Grammy nomination:
Remy Ma: To be honest, I’m just happy with the nomination. I was really happy. I know how it works.
Fat Joe: Man, I’m tired of that sh-t.
On Valentine’s Day:
Remy Ma: Literally every day is Valentine’s Day. I get stuff all the time and he is super attentive. And besides the fact that he loves me, I think it’s because we missed a lot of time together.
On airing her ectopic pregnancy on Love & Hip Hop: New York:
Remy Ma: That was definitely something I had to think about and it took some coercing. Because, to me, it was just so personal. And I feel like a lot of women, and now that I know, how many go through it – you’re embarrassed, ashamed, you feel like it’s your fault – It’s just something you don’t want to talk about. And when I was going through it, I was really depressed.
On helping people who have ectopic pregnancies:
Remy Ma: I didn’t realize that how many women don’t have [minimum $12,000-$15,000] this issue [ectopic pregnancy] they don’t have that – they can’t afford it. And the part that freaked me out is that insurance does not cover it. They’ll cover gastric bypass, but won’t cover people who want to have children. I want to help these people.
On being independent artists:
Remy Ma: I have some people coming and talking to me. But unless I hear a lot of zeros and commas, it doesn’t make sense. Why would I give up my masters, the percentage of the album, and my creative control? What could you do for me?
Fat Joe: Listen, we got billboards all over the city, we at the Grammys, we got millions of dollars in commercials about to drop. We just did a cross promotion with Tidal and Sprint. We got everything we need. I don’t even know what a major could do for us.
On the constant projected hip-hop beef:
Remy Ma: I’m tired of this. This is the thing, if you look at the history of Remy Ma, whenever I have had an issue with any female in the game, I will ‘say your name.’ I am going to say your government name. I really feel like I am the best.
On using music as a therapy:
Remy Ma: Listen, I’m reformed, I’m changed. But I’m not that much changed. The music is how I live the real me. I can’t smack anybody.
On the long term effect prison had on her:
Remy Ma: People don’t realize that most of my adult life was spent in prison. It affects me till this day. I’d have on regular clothes, I’d be chilling, and then I would wake up and be in prison clothes. And now, I’ve been home two years, the nightmares are reversed. It’s really traumatizing.
On Remy Ma being an inspiration:
Fat Joe: Do you know what type of inspiration Remy Ma is doing right now for young Black and Latina girls in America? Do you know they going through problems, went to jail at the height of her career, came home and got number one records, nominated for Grammys? If we statistically look at these people who similarly go through what she do, they get out and they don’t have it.
On Remy Ma not getting the respect she deserves:
Remy Ma: It makes me want to go harder. It makes me want to be successful and to the point where they [doubtful people] can’t deny it.
Fat Joe: You know when I got the call that we lost the Grammy, it gave me fuel. The power to work hard this year to make a bigger hit.
On new artists:
Remy Ma: A lot of people think Remy Ma is a new artist and I love it. But when I see these other artists and I’m looking at all these mistakes that you made because most people don’t get a second chance.
Fat Joe: We did all the dumbest mistakes and when I see these guys do it, I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’
Remy Ma: We don’t treat this [music industry] like a business. This is really a business. We are a brand. If you worked in an office building in Manhattan, would you bring your whole crew to
hang out with you at the coffee room?
Watch the full interview below.