Somaya Reece Talks Love & Hip Hop New York, Part 1

Most of us were first introduced to Somaya Reece as the firecracker rapper on Love & Hip Hop: New York a few years ago, but there’s so much more to this woman. First, she’s gone through a dramatic weight-loss, new music, and a brand new and healthy outlook on life –one look at her and you’ll see she practices what she preaches. Whether you are a busy mommy, a student, have two or three jobs or you’re on a tight budget, Somaya believes she can help you can achieve your fitness goals. She even launched a great new site ThisFitsMe.com to inspire us all! “Lets not forget, I was once a size 18 and am now a size eight, fitting a medium,” Somaya tells Mommynoire. “Eat delicious foods that can help you lose weight and improve your overall health. I went from being the “girl that got fat” to the girl that got FAB.”
We sat down with her recently to catch up with where she’s been and where she’s headed. Get inspired with us!

Tell us about your journey before Love & Hip Hop New York? Who was she as an artist? What were her passions?

Prior to Love and Hip Hop I was already making music, I was already on TV, films and over 45 national commercials. I was the number-one independent artist on MySpace with over 33 million REAL plays, one-and-a-half million fans (that grew to two million) and one of the first artists to be brought into MySpace Records to be offered a deal. My records were always charting in their top 10 charts next to all the major label artists, I was the only indie one on the charts pushing numbers. I grew up in a traditional Latin household. That is reflected in my music today. I love mixing Latin and hip hop. I am driven by passion. Everything I do I have to deeply believe in. As a child I wanted to be an actress, musician, an artist in general. At three-years-old I would sing happy birthday to my whole family and charge them for tickets. I was an independent little boss even back then!

 Hailing from LA, how did you get on Love & Hip Hop: New York?

I couldn’t find any producers n L.A that did Latin hip hop. We have many hip hop producers here but not in the Latin hip hop style I was trying to create. Prior to Pitbull blowing up, that is the sound I kept trying to get producers to do for me out here in L.A but they didn’t think it was something that would sell. Fast forward, look at Pitbull now! I was advised by many people to move to Miami or New York…but I didn’t know any producers there. As the risk taker I am, I sold almost everything I had here in L.A, my car, jewelry, clothes, packed my bags and moved blindly to New York.

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You were determined, a woman on a mission…

Yes. I came with one bag, fierce ambition and the drive to make it happen. I knew exactly what my vision was and no one was going to stop me…as you saw on LNHH!! I was already interviewing with all the television networks back in L.A for other shows, so when the New York offices found out I was here they tried to contact me, found me and the rest is history. I had a meeting with Mona [Scott Young] at VH1 I kept it real with her, I kept it transparent and she casted me as the star of the show.

Why did you depart from the hit reality show?

I still work with the Love & Hip Hop brand now…you never know if I’ll return or not [winks].

Did that departure inspire you to focus on yourself and your rebranding?

I was always focused on me even while filming in New York, but moving back to L.A. definitely made me focus harder on everything, specifically on re-branding. My main focus was to bring forth a new me, new music, new look, new everything. It was a pretty intense process that no one but me made happen. I researched everything in regards to building a successful brand. I took my time.

In Part 2, Somaya talks all about her passion for fitness and her new site

Originally posted on Madamenoire

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