After repeated insults about her face and having her relevance and talent questioned on a morning radio show, a frustrated Lil Mama wound up in tears.
“I’m not here to encourage anybody to support me. I’m not here for none of that. I’m just here to let you know what it is. You take it or leave it,” the “America’s Best Dance Crew” judge said through her tears.
The Breakfast Club at New York’s Power 105.1 accused Lil Mama of using gimmicks to keep herself in the spotlight.
Co-host Charlamagne seemed to lead the charge against the “Lip Gloss” artist, even making unflattering remarks about her looks.
“If your face was the Bible, it’d be the Old Testament,” said Charlamagne, who also continued to press her about new music.
“Ain’t nobody checking for Lil Mama in the streets,” he said while reiterating that her biggest claim to fame is hopping onstage during an Alicia Keys and Jay-Z performance of “Empire State of Mind.”
“Everybody bashed me and tried to treat me like a criminal,” she said in reference to that infamous incident.
While callers into the show were a bit kinder and more encouraging, Lil Mama wondered why she doesn’t get more support from her peers.
“I get very angry. Why is it that my community does not accept me and respect me for being a young Black woman coming out of East NY Brooklyn and Harlem and still being in television and whatever else that I can be apart of to be a positive influence to other young girls that come from my community?” she asked before responding to her own question.
“The answer is that the people supported something—a part about me that I sort of let go: music, dance. That’s where hip hop lives,” she said.
Charlamagne challenged Lil Mama to get back to her music, comparing her to R. Kelly, who Charlamagne said remains a loved artist because he never stops making hits.
“I’m getting back into the music now… When I was 17 years old, I put out an album while my mother was dying of cancer. That right there alone is a struggle. That’s hard. That’s tough on anybody. My music will speak for itself. My actions will speak for itself. My mother would be proud. My father would be proud at the end of the day. Nobody can stop me. Period.”
Watch the interview below.
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—Tracy L. Scott
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