Remy Ma, born on May 30, 1980, is a well-known rapper. She came to prominence as a member of the popular group Terror Squad. She released her debut album in 2006, which became quite a success and entered the Billboard 200 Chart. Her most commercially successful tracks include ‘All the Way Up,’ ‘Ante Up (Remix),’ ‘Conceited,’ and ‘Lean Back.’ Ma is also one of the few multiple winners of the BET Award. Moreover, she has bagged two Source awards, two Vibe awards, and three Grammy nominations. So, without further ado, let’s get to know more about her and celebrate her birthday.
Remy Ma was born Reminisce Smith in the Bronx, New York City, U.S. She was raised in the city’s Castle Hill Projects. Unfortunately, as her family had a history of drug abuse, she was exposed to the ordeal at a very young age. Therefore, Ma was forced to take care of her younger sisters and brother. She found solace by writing poetry, which helped her retreat from the issues in home life.
Growing up, she built quite a reputation for herself in her neighborhood, ultimately drawing the attention of the rapper and songwriter Big Pun. The two met at a freestyle session and impressed by her skills, he took her under his wing. Thereafter, Ma worked alongside her newfound mentor on his album “Yeeeah Baby,” kick-starting her career. She was featured on two of the tracks on this album, namely ‘You Was Wrong’ and ‘Ms. Martin.’
After the sad demise of Big Pun, Ma was signed by the imprint label of Fat Joe called Universal and SRC. Then, she became a member of a hip-hop group called Terror Squad. On July 27, 2004, the rapper appeared on the group’s second and final album, which gave her a Grammy nomination. In 2007, she began working on another album called “PunisHer,” in which she collaborated with an all-female rap group named 3Sum. However, she was arrested in July 2007 for allegedly shooting the rapper Makeda Barnes-Joseph, thus putting a hold on her career while she served her time. While she was behind the bars, Ma released the mixtapes “Blasremy,” “The BX Files,” and “Shesus Khryst. Her career grew exponentially after she was released from prison in 2014.
She becomes a member of the famed hip-hop group Terror Squad.
She releases her debut album titled “There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story.”
The rapper joins season six of “Love & Hip Hop: New York.”
She begins hosting the talk show “State of the Culture.”
Ma makes an appearance in the horror film “6:45.”
Why We Love Remy Ma
Over the course of her career, Ma has delivered several hits. She went on to earn a Grammy nomination in 2014. In 2015, she joined the cast of “Love & Hip Hop: New York,” thereby setting out in another medium. Furthermore, she collaborated with French Montana and Fat Joe and created the track ‘All the Way Up,’ which earned a double-platinum certification.
She speaks her mind
In an interview, she candidly expressed her thoughts on present-day rap music, stating that it is a popularity contest and involves too much politics. Ma also added that she feels restricted with the direction of her music as she wishes to address various topics, but cannot do so as the masses prefer rapping about particular things in specific ways.
The rapper spent over six years at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, separated from her husband and son. However, undeterred by circumstances, she decided to make a comeback and began honing her rap skills. She also arrived at the conclusion that almost all rappers who have been incarcerated found greater professional success upon release — and followed suit.
5 Surprising Facts
Her life as a student
Ma was an honor roll student.
She is pescatarian
Yes, Ma does not eat meat but eats fish.
Her favorite food
She loves cheeseburgers.
Her favorite movie
“Little Shop of Horrors” is her favorite film.
The artist once revealed that Whitney Houston is her inspiration; she also dreams of collaborating with Rihanna.
Remy Ma FAQs
How many kids does Remy Ma have?
The rapper has two children.
Who is Remy Ma’s husband?
She is married to Shamele Mackie, who is professionally known as Papoose.
How did Papoose and Remy meet?
The two met through DJ Kay Slay, who is a mutual friend.
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