LIL MAMA EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW / PHOTOSHOOT W MAMI MAG
Mami Magazine’s Publisher Algie Dewitt interviewed Hip Hop Artist and TV personality Lil Mama. Due to some shared interest: high end fashion, music and lifestyle, Algie and Lil Mama were able to carry on a quite interesting conversation. Needless to say the interview went well, but it was also a much needed and very refreshing experience for Lil Mama. The last few years have been challenging to say the least for this talented young artist, rarely does she find the opportunity to speak about the positive work being done in her career life. Mami Magazine was determined to get the positive side of Lil Mama’s journey. photography by Viktorija Pashuta Styling by Mr. Bradshaw MUA Grace Phllips
LM: hey Algie God Bless You.. how are you
MM: good good.. tell me about the early days.. you know.. how you got started.
LM “I was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn New York. I lived with my father but I spent an equal amount of time with my mom. Being with my father enabled me to get the special attention that a girl can only get from her dad. I feel as though I have as many traits from my mom as I do from my father. They both taught me to respect and believe in myself, those priceless lessons are always with me.”
My father was a music Producer and he has a company called Familiar Mindz. I am now a partner in that venture with my Dad and my uncle. As a kid I grew up surrounded by hip hop artists and singers. Not to mention my mother, who had one of the strongest singing voices I have ever heard. She was such a beautiful little lady. I definitely get my talent from the both of them. I spent much of my time in the studio as a kid and one day I was put on the spot to drop a verse. It was then that my father saw the potential in my lyrical skills. A couple years later with much hard work, I landed a deal with Jive Records (recorded and also toured with Chris Brown) all of which was a great learning experience that required me to be in the studio continuously. The record deal didn’t work out as expected, but I’m looking forward to a better situation in the near future. In the meantime I’m focused on my next season of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew and recording my next album. I’m also scheduled to make a few selected guest appearances on the “World Music for the Cure” 2012 tour. My new single “Hustla Girl” will be on the CD compilation for the breast cancer tour. This song is a powerful tribute to the women out there on their grind getting it done. I am extremely proud to be a part of this concert series because all proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit The Tigerlily Foundation. A few music Artists friends of mine will be participating on the CD. I’m very compassionate when it comes to helping out with this particular cause because my mom passed away due to breast cancer December 15, 2007. Not to mention there are children all around the world that are going through what I experienced with my mother when she suffered with the disease, hopefully I can give some support to some of them.”
Algie went on to ask her about her unique and very edgy fashion sense, her response was “I have a potential fashion deal but I can’t talk about it before the deal is done (laughing) but I love fashion and I get my fashion sense from my mother who was the Fashionista of the family.” When asked about her Alter Ego photo shoot with Mami Magazine and how the photo shoot made her feel, her response was “It was great, some of the outfits made me feel like a super hero but overall it was a wonderful experience.” In an interview with the upcoming TV show, What Women Want Live in New York, Lil Mama told her interviewer that she has a commitment to her fans as well as the youth of today. She plans to give back to the community by being positive and dedicated to her beliefs. In her interview the message to the young people of today remained consistent as she encouraged them to believe in themselves and follow their dreams despite the negativity that may be around you. When asked “What’s next for you?” she paused for a second and said “The Breast Cancer tour, giving back to my community, TV, Film, and new music”
I believe that one sentence sums up what this talented young lady is all about. It’s evident that Lil Mama has experienced both negative and positive situations in her chosen career path but she has made it abundantly clear that she intends to keep a positive outlook on life and her future endeavors. I for one look forward to seeing more of Lil Mama in the near future.
By Lesa Lovet, Assistant Producer for What Women Want in New York/ TV