Remy Ma: Say What’s On Your Mind

She’s got her publicist shook every time she opens her mouth. Lawyers, label execs and former colleagues are trying to shut her down. She’s facing attempted-murder charges. But Remy Ma bites her tongue for no one.

“I don’t like bitches.”

Remy “Ma” Smith sits at Max Brenner restaurant in Manhattan’s Union Square with her publicist and a journalist. “And I say ‘bitches’ because, if you have a pussy, you’re a bitch. Even if you’re two years old. Like, look at this little bitch on the slide!” She cracks up. “Look at this little bitch with her Barbie in the playground!” The publicist looks nervous.

This isn’t exactly the best time for Remy, 26, to be talking reckless. After her critically acclaimed solo debut, There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, sold a meager 150,000 units last year, the Bronx-born rapstress split from her longtime crew, Fat Joe and the Terror Squad, and broke off her deal with SRC/Universal. This past September, she ruffled a lot of feathers by joining the Squad’s sworn enemy, 50 Cent, onstage right in Joe’s home borough of the Bronx. No less a powerful voice than New York’s No. 1 radio DJ, Funkmaster Flex, trashed her on Hot 97. (“Stop blaming Fat Joe for your situation,” Flex said. “If you’re hot, you’re gonna get felt. If you’re not, you’re not. There’s nobody to blame!”) Her recent mixtape Shesus Khryst has met with controversy, and some disdain, for its cover art and a video depicting Remy on the cross, like Tupac (and, of course, Jesus). The hip-hop gossip blogs can’t seem to stop tearing her apart. (“Her crew looks like three trannies chillin’ outside the ’jects,” wrote bossip.com of the video for another song, “Jump.”)

Most seriously, Remy Ma, the mother of a seven-year-old son, is facing attempted-murder charges. According to newspaper reports, she and some friends, including a woman named Makeda Barnes-Joseph, spent the night of Friday, July 13, partying at the Pizza Bar in New York’s Meatpacking District. Outside on the street, around 4 a.m. Saturday, witnesses said there was an altercation after it was discovered that $2,000 in cash was missing from Remy’s purse, which Barnes-Joseph had been holding. Police responding to 911 calls found Barnes-Joseph shot twice in the abdomen and discovered Remy’s blue Cadillac Escalade abandoned a few blocks from the scene, crashed into a parked car. Barnes-Joseph was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital. Remy turned herself in and pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal weapon possession. She was released on $250,000 bail and left Rikers Island cursing and spitting a wad of gum at photographers as their cameras flashed. She maintains that she didn’t shoot anyone that night, while her lawyer is motioning for the charges to be reduced from murder to assault. Though she’s under legal mandate not to discuss the incident, it’s impossible to ignore. “Why me, why me?” she asks, like she really wants to know. “I’ve been thrown into all types of crazy predicaments, and I just have to get through it. And this too shall pass.”

While she waits for it to pass, or go to trial, Remy Ma lives in limbo. She’s set to release her second official album, PunisHer, but she isn’t currently signed to a label. She’s supposed to watch what she says, but she says whatever she wants.

Let’s talk about that night back in July when you allegedly shot Makeda Barnes-Joseph. Was she a close friend of yours?
I had just met that girl a year ago. But I treat all my friends how I would want them to treat me. And that’s why it’s crazy to be in a situation where somebody I consider my friend is talking crazy about me. I love my friends. They are very dear. And I’m usually a very good judge of character… Like, what the fuck did I miss?

How has the case been affecting you?
I’m used to people saying the foulest shit about me since I was young, but this is really affecting my career. I was supposed to be overseas on tour, and the promoters pulled out. Then there was a big concert, and the Nokia Theater didn’t want me to perform. Now I’m a “safety risk.”

But don’t they say that all press is good press?
Um, I haven’t really reached that point yet. [Laughs] So far, it’s all fuckin’ bad!

Is it hard to smile for the cameras when this case is hovering over you?
I don’t wanna go nowhere! Everyone wants to talk about the same shit. Like, “Rem, you holding your head up? I know you bust your guns!” People are stupid. One of the first shows after it happened, I’m in the bathroom, and this girl kept bumping into me. I’m like, normally this is when her face would go through the mirror. And if I put her face through the mirror, it’s like, “See, I told you she’s violent!”

Have the businesspeople around you tried to get you to tone down, to change your image?
I’ve had so many media trainings, so many publicists. But it’s easier to be me than to remember to be this person that they want me to be. Don’t say this, dress like this, make a song about this. I never listened… Everyone’s like, “Oh, don’t say that! That could affect the case!” But I’ve already said the worst shit. I’ve said everything bad I could possibly say. There’s more than enough material. I cannot live my life based around this case… If I listen to myself and it fucks up, I fucked up. But if I listen to you and it fucks up, I’m gonna go fuckin’ crazy! Somebody’s gonna get hurt!

Does your son know about the legal drama that you’re going through?
I’m sure he does. I haven’t sat down and told him. If he asked me, I wouldn’t lie. Kids are very intelligent. All you have to do is Google your mom’s name, and there’s a billion fuckin’ stories about her. I’m a strong believer that just because your parents are something doesn’t mean you have to go through that. So he’s good.

The Internet loves to hate you.
I’ll be getting dressed and getting my hair done, like, “The bloggers are gonna kill this outfit tomorrow.” I’m wearing an orange sweat suit with lime-green spandex and fuckin’ purple clogs and blue contacts, and I’m putting my bangs back blonde! I be getting dressed, like, “Media Takeout’s gonna have a field day tomorrow! Bossip, here I come!”

With all the talk about you, it was surprising that your solo album didn’t sell well. Is that why you wanted out of your deal?
If you feel I’m not making you any money, and I feel you’re not making me any money, let’s part ways. I’m not blaming Joe for my album sales, I’m just over and done with it. I wasn’t happy with the way things were being marketed and promoted… And it wasn’t no big deal. Universal signed the papers. Steve Rifkind signed the papers. But for 11 months I was going through paperwork with Joe. He put a “no G-Unit” clause in the papers. How are you involving my career in your personal grudges? If I’m not with you, why can’t I do what I want?

So to get out of the contract, you had to sign that you wouldn’t work with anyone from G-Unit?
Everybody’s like, “Are you serious?!” And then everyone laughs. I’m telling you, their government names [are all in the paperwork], like even Prodigy, Havoc, Whoo Kid, Olivia, Hot Rod! I don’t even know this guy Hot Rod! Young Buck, Yayo. It’s like, “Calm down, are you that pressed?” It’s so petty… Am I saying to him, “You can’t do any songs with Lil’ Kim or Foxy Brown”?

You can’t collaborate with anyone from that crew forever?
For three years. So Joe’s checking their charts, calculating, like, hopefully in three years G-Unit fell off.

THIS IS ONLY A PREVIEW! Check out XXL’s January/February issue to read our full Q&A with Remy Ma!

  • Young Deuce aka Princinnati

    She’s sexy and she got bars. If she gets with the right label will become a superstar.

    • goosey

      BIGG ASS TITTIES YAY REMY

  • Young Deuce aka Princinnati

    Depending on if she geta acquitted that is.

  • Larry Brite

    The No-GUnit Claus is pretty wack – Would that aply to mixtapes too? How did she preform @ 50′s concert? Weird.

  • Can I Get A Witness

    FAT JOE is a true Hater but it shows his weakness. He has 50 on his mind all the time. Is it that serious Joey that you to actually sit down and create a contract like that?

    WOW.

    • Goosey

      I would have made up the same contract fuck 50 Cent plus G-Unit sales are down anyway the only one movin any units is 50 Buck flopped Banks flopped and Yayo aint makin no more CDs (thank GOD) no one even listens to the other members
      MOBB DEEP=SUPER WACK
      HOT ROD=SUPER WACK
      SPIDER LOC =SUPER WACK
      LETS FACE IT G-UNIT IS GOOD FOR ONLY A FEW PEOPLE 50, EM AND DRE THEY USE IT AS TAX RIGHT OFFS LMAO

      • Afi K. James

        I would have made up the same contract fuck 50 Cent plus G-Unit sales are down anyway the only one movin any units is 50 Buck flopped Banks flopped and Yayo aint makin no more CDs (thank GOD) no one even listens to the other members
        MOBB DEEP=SUPER WACK
        HOT ROD=SUPER WACK
        SPIDER LOC =SUPER WACK
        LETS FACE IT G-UNIT IS GOOD FOR ONLY A FEW PEOPLE 50, EM AND DRE THEY USE IT AS TAX RIGHT OFFS LMAO

        Plus 5-0′s approval rating is a disaster anyways.

      • igetmoney

        “Goosey” damn you had to come and hate, this isnt even a situation where you should be coming to hate! and you cant just say g units record sales are down because no one in the industry is sellin anything! compared to other flops like these gargage niggas, g unit is selling more than most! and yayo is coming out with another album you dumbass!@

  • stoneyisland

    This unlady like shit is why mad cat be treating real women like bitches. This gangsta chick isnt sexy, I mean maybe to some young ass dumb kid still living in his parents crib. But no REAL man would want to do anything with Remy or chicks like her except dick them down on the sly. I cant front I like a woman to conduct herself with some class and dignity, all this gangsta bitch, tattoo’s all over shit has gotten out of hand. It it quacks like a duuck and looks like a duck then fella’s it’s probably IS a dick or a chickenhead at least:) 2008 Grown Man Business is taking over!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    • jzzygothtrs

      I agree with stoneyisland. All this wanna be a gansta bitch ain’t cute at all. Then, bitches get mad when a dude treat them like that, hollering they want to be treated like a lady, act like one! She a grown ass woman and she can’t blame her situations on nobody but her whack ass rhymes and crazy ass temper.

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  • Trickdd

    SHE GUNNA WHIP LIL KIM ASS LOL NAW BUT REAL SHIT REMY MA GOT TALENT FOR A FEMALE MC NO DOUBT MOST THESE BITCHES LAME IF THEY RAPN ARE NOT MOST BITCHES ARE JUST BITCHES, BUT SHE GOT TALENT SUMTN GOIN FOR HER

  • Remy MAN—> TRANSVESTITE

    Stupid Tranny anyway, shoulda never shot her over a measly $2,000. Is she that broke? She needs to forget rap & go back to being a mother. Why is she always talkin bout Kim & Fox anyways? Is she pressed on them? She could never be them or even compare. DUMB MANLY LOOKING DYKE!

  • gkid12345

    Fat joe is a sad ass person. Let her go on about her bussiness. joe probably is just real mad that after fifty got his hands around joes career it all went sour and he had to jump to koch or watever indie label would take him.

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  • rhonda

    STOP DA HATING!!!!!! Remy is a hotass rapper!!!!

  • ri067953

    Yo, Fat Joe used to be hot when he was with DITC and holding chainsaws in his videos with Carhartt on. Now, he is a white sunglass wearing faggot!

    • nellz

      that last fat joe album was way better than curtis tho

  • http://www.xxlmag.com jzzygothtrs

    Man, Remy Ma is stupid. I can’t believe she is that assed out of money where she facing attempted-murder charges over that bullshit. She can’t blame nobody or deny that she did that dumb shit. She can’t get mad at the fact that her sales flopped. All that gansta bitch mess is what got her in the predicament that she’s in right now. That shit ain’t cute at all. Then, these “gangsta” chicks always hollering they want a nigga 2 respect them as a lady, act like one. If you walking round like you a nigga, you get treated like one.

  • mike

    Joe wasn’t getting no money for her, but she have a house in Jersey, an Escalade, shit alot of you faggots on this blog will never see in a lifetime. How the fuck you going to be down with a clique, but you don’t got no problems with that clique’s enemies? That shit sound stupid. What did bitch ass curtis do to the Game?, what has Jay z done to sauce money, and Jaz-o? Puffy to J-depp, and the Lox. You faggots on this blog would do the same shit Fat Joe doing. Why the fuck should he allow her to cake up with a dude that just outright dissed him in the public, because he made a record with Jah rule? Why? For me, most of yall talking that shit, is on some straight racial shit, cause if that boy wasn’t a Puerto Rican, I don’t think yall would be hating on him so damn much, cause the boy isn’t doing anything different than all the rest of these rappers out here. Now she not blaming Joe for her sales, fuck outta here Remy. She was talking slick shit out her mouth before tha album even dropped. She continued while the album was in rotation, and kept going after the sales was tallied up. What is Fat boy really supposed to do? Fuck you Remy. Fat Joe keep doing yo thing my niggah, most of the new generation is a bunch of fuckin transvestities anyway. Boogie down stand up. Fat Joe do Remy how the Lox is doing J-hood right now, make her apologize, or maybe she need to sit down with cuban links.

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  • THAT DUDE

    REMY got skill’s but the gangsta bitch routine is fucking up her career plus makes her less attractive.
    Mike sounds stupid though because Puff & Jay would have let her record with who she wanted to but would make sure to get their cut by keeping her publishing.(Like Suge & Snoop,Puff & the LOX).The LOX been left puff for RuffRyders but he was still eatin off them even though they was dissin’ him & those shiny suit’s.That’s a businessman.
    Joe’s cool but that’s a cornball, insecure move he pulling.Calling that out don’t make us racist.(For the record,JOE IS A SPIC)
    Ask TEGO & other AFRO-Puerto Rock’s what racism realy is!! Spain is in Europe.If you don’t got no African blood be careful who you say nigger to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JAY STONE

    i feel like fucking this bitch

  • JaeHood

    Rem is that bitch. her and joey just didnt work out, so what. i cant wait for punisHER!

  • F A FAT JOE

    mike waht is you talking about. FAT JOE NEED TO SIT FAT ASS DOWN somewhere.big Pun was that nigga not Fat BOY. FAT JOE IS A HATER. HE MOVED TO THE SOUTH TO SALE RECORDS. HE GARBAGE. AND THAT NIGGA LAST ALBUM WASNT BETTER THAN CURTIS ALBUM. THE DUDE IREELEVANT. LET REMY GET HER MONEY WITH WHOEVER! FAT JOE DOWN IN MIAMI WITH THAT FAT DUDE KHALED SAYING THEY THE BEST….GET THE F OUT OF HERE. SELL SOME RECORDS FIRST TALK LATER. NOW TEXAS DOING THE THING ALONG WITH SOME RAPPERS IN MIAMI. BUT THAT FAT JOE DUDE IS A WANKSTA. THATS WHY ROY JONES AIRD HIMOUT ABOUT THAT RAPLINE ON LEAN BACK.

  • http://koolkidkulture.blogspot.com/ Koolkidkulture

    Nice pic of her, props to the stylist and photographer. Bring out that lady.The clause is wack and silly.

    “The No-GUnit Claus is pretty wack – Would that aply to mixtapes too? How did she preform @ 50’s concert? Weird.”

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  • buizzzy

    Fuck yo bitch ass Remmy, you are the only bitch with stinkin’ pussy, how you gone’ disrespect our sisters like that. And , yeah your ass is wack so Joe dropped you so stop the G-unot contract scape goat shit.

  • http://xxl bigj

    remy please this the real world u suppose to always put your kids first as a mother why u always surround ya self around negativity ya life is weed sleepin with everybody man an fake gangsters u need to look in the mirror.

  • LAFFIN’ @ U

    im laffing at this artice because remy martin is a faggot bitch. i was in manhattan criminal court for my own case 11/07/2007 i saw busta rhymes, lil wayne and byrd man and jarule and remy martin all on the same day at manhattan criminal court 11/07/2007. remy martin had on some green pantie ho’s, she looked like a drag queen, trust me remy ain’t gangster. remy was scared entering the manhattan court building. remy is no gangster.

    • YA YA BITCH YA

      u stupid y would she try 2 b all G walkin into white foljs court room how u gone say she not a gangsta nigga u talkin nonsense i bet she got mo time in da astreets then yo punk ass bein a gangsta aint got nothin to do wit how u look..its all about what u do get ya mind right bro

  • Who Knows

    Remmy is betta then half the fuck ass rap niggaz. She just needs 2 get wit da right label, get the right production and marketing and she’ll be str8. There’s very few female rappers in the game anyway. Dont hate on the ones we have left. Afta Mia X the only other person to really hold it down was Lil Kim. Eve sucks, Foxy fell off, Trina??? she hold it down for fla dats bout it. but Remy hot tho

  • mike

    Puffy also had clauses with the Lox, that they were not allowed to speak on what was going on between them and Puff. I guess that’s not a wack move. To that dick, or I mean THAT DUDE, you sound fuckin stupid. All that spic shit just show and prove that I’m correct in what I said. Most of the dudes speaking is fuckin racial, cause Joe don’t be doing anything different from what these other cats be doing. Ask Tego, you ask Tego. Shit it is what it is, motherfuckers be hating, just like them fuckin crackers, so play with a big diseased one. And for the illiterate dude FA FAT JOE go to school first before you try to comment on things that you can’t grasp. Ask Tego, you a clown, ask Tego what? And who the fuck said anything about Spain? Stop fuckin hating on Fat boy, stop hating on Puerto Ricans.

  • Afi K. James

    Remy ma is a bitch, fat hoe is a poseur, 5-0 just plain sucks, gay-unit is the limp bizkit of hip-hop, they all need to leave the industry, never come back.

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  • adrian smith

    yo remy ma the sexy female mc n the rap game 2 hot 4 tv 2 hot 4 funkmaster flex hot 97 wack shit no disrespect cant wait cd 2 drop

  • Janelle

    I maynot always agree with the style coices that Remy Ma makes, but what she said about not being a weak woman is so true. You can’t weak out here in these times and days. After reading her article, I have a new found respect for her. The article has made me a fan. But please Remy, no more blonde bangs. That shit was horrible!!!

  • Mo-Gunn

    Man I’d tell her to kick a freestyle and then raw dick her from the back ya dig. Hold ya head Ma. One-hunned

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  • adore7373

    umm i thought being a gansta bitch was so ’90s..and how she has a son and still acting like that..hmm like we cant predict this lil boys future..Stoneyisland i so have to agree with you..you dont have to be a hood rat ( or not carry yourself well) to have a good flow

  • Dou G

    Remy is the only female rapper that matters at the moment.

    Foxy has 3 official singles out right now (on Koch) that nobody care about.

    Lil Kim has been recording a mixtape for 18 months, since she came out of jail and lost her deal with Atlantic.

    Rah Digga, Lauryn Hill, Shawnna, Eve, Jha Jha, Gangsta Boo, Jacki-O, Ms. Jade, Trina, Lady Of Rage, Ebony Eyez, Jean Grae and all the rest of the girl MCs are currently not poppin……………..

  • http://n/a Aaron

    I am riding with you all day!….I did not but the issue with you in it because that wack ass rapper was on the cover!…Weezy!..Yuck!..No skills!..keep repping the bronx!!!..If you ever need help in your career just holla at me!

  • http://www.myspace.com/randyrags Randy

    Remy is cool. She’s an ill rapper but she needs to learn that sometimes discretion is the better part of business. I’ve read the entire interview and alot of the shit that she says leaves alot to be desired. She’s real, I’ll give her that, but she’s too real and that’s what is going to ultimately end up killing her career if she doesn’t learn to exercise some patience and discretion.

  • http://www.myspace.com/theozbourneidentity Susie Ozbourne

    “I don’t like bitches. And I say bitches because if you have a pussy your a bitch”……WHAT!!! Remy stop smoking, your losing your sanity. That’s why all this negative shyt keeps happening to you. You don’t even like yourself. Deep down inside you hate the fact that you’re a woman, you hate yourself. You probaly wish you had a dick. Take Queen Nefertiti’s chain off and stop disrespecting us and yourself. I feel sorry for you because you are so lost. You are so intelligent with so much potential but yet u act so ignorant…its not cute. Its sad. You want to be great and respected for your talent but you dont respect yourself, and you dont stand for anything. Its a war out here and your helping us to lose.
    ….”Damn there goes a black girl lost” -Nas

    with love, Susie

  • BlackGodCeaSAR

    Remy hot she need to goin head sign with the Unit in the next 3 so she can Drop some fire.
    with her and Banks on the Same Track thats murda But stay up Remy there something about her

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  • Simokey

    Yo Remy is mad dope…Fuck dem hoes stay up ma… Dat bitch fucked her out of her money she deserved to be popped… Keep talkin reckless and doin yo thang u got my vote… Shesus Christ!!!

  • http://ww.myspace.com/bornforhollywood CYNIC

    aye dont get me wrong…remy is one of the best femcees out here…but that fukked up ass attitude aint gonna get her no where. i cant stand fat joe, big pun was the only thing he had goin for hisself. but u cant blame him for ur weak record sales. u pop off and say u hate bitches, but bitches prolly the only ones buying ur fucking records! ok, u wanna keep ur attitude go ahead. u dont wanna lissen to ur publicists and whoever else, go rite ahead. bet u wont sell no records tho!! and u r such a great artist but all dat dumb ass shit u b talkin is fuckin ur money up shawty!! have some class remy. aint no one did shit to u but u mad at the world. do u like urself? have some respect for fellow females. yur bark is bigga den ur bite…foxy and lil kim may not b betta than u, but they have done more for the game than u eva will, and they didnt get where they at poppin off at every bitch, cat, snake, chicken or duck. get ya damn mind rite, im sick of that shit.

    ps- ur mixtape shit hot, but fuck is da science wit ur albums??? concentrate on that shit instead of tryin to smack hoes all the time.