“Everybody’s not a V.I.P.” Rasheeda, the well-respected artist in the music industry and one of the stars of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”, makes it clear that Hotlanta is very different from the way viewers see the city on the Real Housewives. This Georgia Peach is an experienced independent underground rapper who proclaims, “It takes a certain type of woman to be a female hip-hop artist.” No wonder Vh1 casted her in the first spin-off series of the “Love & Hip Hop” franchise, set to premiere June 18th.
If you know just one thing after reading this interview know that Rasheeda is: Truly a Boss Chick. Not only is she working on her sixth studio solo album but she also owns her own apparel/accessories website, I’mBossy.com. We can expect to see Rasheeda as one of the more mature and demure cast members on the show but don’t let that fool you…there will be plenty of drama. Rasheeda spoke about how she admires Jim and Chrissy’s relationship on “Love & Hip Hop” and it relates to her own relationship with her husband. It’s not easy growing the Rasheeda brand and holding down her household but she’s enjoying every minute of it.
She’s the girl who loves her city telling RealityAired.com exclusively the scoop about the highly awaited show, how gaining respect as a female in the business is harder than ever, and why Atlanta gets its name ‘The Dirty South.’
“It’s a big city, but small at the same time”
Q: How is the season of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” going to be different from the original “Love & Hip Hop” in New York?
A: “First thing you’re in the dirty dirty number one, in the ATL so the whole swag, the look, the whole vibe is going to be totally different. I can’t give away a whole bunch of information but I will say it’s going to be a hot summer and your going to be watching a roller coaster of different events. Its going to be crazy yet entertaining yet a little hood, you know we’re in Atlanta (laughs).”
Q: How are you portrayed on the show?
A: “My character, I would say, is different from everybody else. I’m a married woman, that’s the first in the “Love & Hip Hop” series and I’m a mother. I’m really focused on trying to accomplish things in my life. I’m not really really catty, at least for right now. I think people are going to be surprised about the twists and turns on the show.”
Q: What happened with Diamond? (Former Crime Mob member and girlfriend of rapper Lil Scrappy, Diamond, left the show early in production)
A: “What I can tell you is she’s not on here. I think pretty much with [Lil’] Scrappy being on there and their relationship and his mother and his baby momma being on there, I think he just decided it may not be in her best interest.”
Rasheeda on Atlanta Fashion
“One thing you’ll definitely find different on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta is that it’s a different age bracket, a different kind of swag. Atlanta fashion is like all over the place. You know you have your super fly chicks, you have your ones like myself the ghetto hood fabulous, around-the-way chicks, that’s me. You have the girls who ain’t afraid to show it all honey and it don’t matter and you have your girls who are definitely on the brand tip who will never be in anything less. Then you have your mix-and-match chicks, you’ve got your classy chicks, you got your boho. It’s a wide variety.”
“Don’t give up the goodies too soon”
Q: As a happily married woman what can you tell us single folks?
A: “Be a good listener when you’re first meeting someone. Ask the questions you want to know from the beginning. Be aware of the forms of resistance you feel from a person. If you haven’t been to his crib he might have a baby mama or another girlfriend. It could be so many different things. I think the dating world is bananas. Don’t expect to mold someone into someone you want them to be.”
Q: What is it like being a female in the primarily male dominated music industry?
A: “Male artists can look like anything and rap about anything, and a lot of times it works. As females we have a really fine line of having a certain look and you can’t just talk about anything. Women are the biggest consumers and to please women it takes a lot because we’re all different. With fellas they can talk about anything from drugs to diamonds and it’s cool because they don’t have to cross as many paths as women do. As a female artist you have go in being a force to reckon with and not just a sex symbol. You have to stand for something. You can lose sight of who you are in this industry.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in the future?
A: “Nowhere but to the top. I foresee a lot of growth with music and my Bossy Chick brand. I’m down for the ride. Every year my career has been excelling.”