Hi Haters: Basketball Wives’ Kenya Bell Makes Reality TV History With Major Record Deal

November 13, 2012  |  


Don’t you just love when the underdog gets the last laugh? It seems that “Basketball Wives” star, Kenya Bell has every reason to laugh while she makes her way to the bank (again). It has been reported by VH1 that the former Miss Michigan has recently signed an exclusive distribution deal with Bungalo Records, which is under the guide of Universal Music Group.

When asked about her deal, the mom of two gushed:

“I am excited to work with Bungalo Records on this distribution deal and can’t wait for the world to hear my music. It has been a lifelong dream to record an album and share my passion of singing with the world.”

We’re sure the news has Kenya completely over the moon as her dream of being a singer was something that she frequently discussed during the last season of “Basketball Wives.” While a dream coming to fruition is probably a sweet victory in itself, this triumph is most likely sweeter due to the constant scrutiny she was forced to deal with from her fellow cast members last season. If you remember, the ladies were relentless when criticizing her methods of doing business, her vocal and dance abilities, and even went as far as to say that she was too old to be thinking about pursuing a career in entertainment.

It seems however, that this mean girl behavior is exactly what motivated Bell to secure the deal. She went on to discuss with VH1 her reaction to the deal and how she felt about the way her co-stars reacted to her music.

“I was floored [when Bungalo called me], I was like, ‘Really? Didn’t the ‘Basketball Wives’ tell me I had no chance?’ It felt so good to me, obviously they believe that I have something, I have talent, and for me that’s just amazing. I was doubting everything I did before, and I’m learning to not doubt myself no matter what is said. I learned to listen to criticism and change it for the better, but I’m still going to believe in myself and believe I can make this thing happen. It was shocking when I first showed [my co-stars] the video and they were like ‘Eh, what is that??’ like it was the worst thing ever.”

Bell says that behavior just pushed her even further.

“I’m still writing my own music and working with Jazzy Faye and Young Money and I’m doing even better stuff than before. My co-stars just made me better.”

Making the news even more sweet is the fact that Broadway World reports her deal as “unprecedented.” It seems that no other reality television star has successfully signed a deal this major. Can’t hate on that. Congrats Kenya!

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  • dbatt001

    you better go Kenya! what an inspirational story even though I though you were kinda blehh too but I only saw/ hear no more than a minute of what you have to offer so Im not gunna judge. I really want to hear something from her so I can see for myself!

  • t_99

    I am glad that she is getting an opportunity to bring her dreams to fruition, especially since the rest of the cast was so cruel in their constructive criticism. As for her selling something, many artists sell a ton of CDs, and can’t sing a lick. Many others can sing Beyonce out of the room, and never sell a CD. They have loyal followings locally, and perform frequently. You only make about 10 cents off of every CD sold anyway. Everyone knows that the real money is in live performances. Good luck to her….and HA HA to the rest of the cast. I bet they wish they had a record deal. That is what they get for being so mean.

  • Though I’m happy for her, she hasn’t sold any CD’s or come out with any songs yet. Plenty of people get signed to record labels but until she produces an album and sells records I’m not convinced. I’m sure Kim from RHOA could get a record deal and she can’t sing worth a lick.

  • Guest

    but has she sold a CD yet? I’m happy with her but I until she sells something she’s proven no one wrong. A ton of people get signed and dropped from labels?

    • bigbootyjudy

      She’s proved that she has what it takes Susie !

  • Caramel_Cookie

    Let your haters be your motivators. Congrats kenya, keep striving.

  • Cakester

    They were laughing at Kenya when she was running on that treadmill in her video, but now she running to the bank! Congrats!!!

  • JaneDoe

    Alright Kenya leave all the negativity in the past and move on… Let it go.. Congrats

  • ShonnaStarr

    Go on girl!