The Hotheads Of Harlem: 9 Uptown Celebrities Who Will Put You In Check

September 26, 2013  |  
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After watching the drama unfold between Rihanna and Teyana Taylor on Twitter this week, I learned two things: 1. Rihanna really likes to nitpick at people. 2. Teyana Taylor is extremely trill to be so tiny. While folks like Ciara, Karreuche Tran, and more have all cowered back in the corner when they’ve had to deal with the Bajan bad girl, Taylor held nothing back (though she did get a little too fired up). But I’m not really surprised. TT is from Harlem, and Uptown folks don’t play that. Don’t believe me? Check out these nine other Harlem-ites who are quick to put somebody in their place and maybe snatch a wig or two in the process.


Azealia Banks

This one’s definitely a firecracker. Just check her beef list. She’s had many words for everybody from Lady Gaga to T.I. and she doesn’t back down from anybody, including legends in the hip-hop game like Lil Kim.  And maybe she’s garnered such a tough exterior from dealing with abuse as a young girl, abuse which she says came from her mother:

“After my dad died, my mom became really abusive – physically and verbally. Like she would hit me and my sisters with baseball bats, bang our heads up against walls, and she would always tell me I was ugly. I remember once she threw out all the food in the fridge, just so we wouldn’t have anything to eat.”

Her willingness to say what she feels no matter what is clearly something she’s known for (possibly more so than her music).

A$AP Rocky

For the most part, A$AP Rocky, aka Rakim Mayers, comes off like a very mellow guy. But grab his designer threads the wrong way or touch his plaits and baby boo might backhand the hell out of you. Seriously. A$AP has been accused more than once of slapping his female fans (one incident was caught on tape) when they became a little too excited to see him. And there’s that video from the VMAs where he was too ready like Freddy to throw down with a security guard outside. Don’t let the pretty face fool you–he’s clearly a little crazy.

Judy Eddy/


The highest paid star in Hip-Hop music has definitely come a very way; but it wasn’t too long ago that he was out here busting bottles of Champagne over Steve Stoute’s head over disagreements on music videos. For that incident, Diddy was charged with second-degree assault and made to take anger management classes. Speaking on the incident later he said, “We got in a fight when we were kids, and it’s funny that it still comes up, years later. We were millionaires at 26 years old.” Not calling yourself kids at 26 though…You guys were grown as hell, Puff…


Chrissy & Jim Jones

Don’t let their warm smiles warm your heart too much. They don’t play that. They were once the glue that held Love and Hip Hop New York together (and made it interesting), but they were also one of the feistiest couples we had seen on TV. When he wasn’t threatening Somaya Reece’s manager or checking folks with the quickness, Chrissy was stomping people out in the name of her friends and calling folks on their BS. They were literally the perfect match (whether they walked down the aisle or not).


Is it terrible that I kind of have a fascination with Cam’Ron? Killa Kam, blim blam. The Harlem rapper is another one not to hold his tongue. He’s engaged in physical fights with other rappers over mixtape disses, gone at the best in the game with no hesitation (Jay Z and 50 Cent for example), and he truly doesn’t give a flying you know what. I have a feeling that his work as Rico in Paid in Full as far as being an extremely ready-to-embarrass-and-hurt-you character was not too far off from his regular self. Call me Cam!



Let us not forget that Kelis was the first girl to scream on a track. With her big hair and raspy voice, she wasn’t trying to be cute when she told her ex, “I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW!!!!” And we loved it! But Kelis is definitely a feisty chick. A few years ago she was arrested for cursing out and charging at two undercover cops who were posing as prostitutes in Miami. Clearly such an epic night to remember, Nas brought it up in his song, “Bye Baby”:

“You screaming at the racist cops in Miami was probably
The highlight of my life, like “Ha, yo, look at my wife!”
Gangsta, me and twenty cops ’bout to fight
Crazy night, bailed you out, next morning we got clean
Like it never happened and later we at that Heat game
Just another day in the life of two people in love” 

Bre Scullark

Any throwback America’s Next Top Model fans in the house? Back in the day I used to be a big fan of Bre Scullark during Cycle 5 of the show. However, people who were actually on the show felt that she was an absolute nightmare. She was messing with people’s food when she felt disrespected by someone in the house, she was arguing with girls at photoshoots, and she was basically made into the bad girl in season 5. Outside of the show, she was actually arrested for disorderly conduct for cursing out a Starbucks worker…She’s still cute though!


Damon Dash

Before he made up recently with Jay Z, Damon Dash was out in these streets calling him everything but a child of God. Of course, the men played an integral part in the establishment of Roc-a-Fella Records, but when they parted ways, Dame’s controlling interests in the brand that Roc-a-Fella had become (more than just music), were basically severed. He spoke about feeling betrayed numerous times:

“We all earned those masters.  The people that I was helping, once they realized their dreams, they did what a criminal would do.  They stabbed you in the back. Think about the frustration of building a brand for years that should be taking care of your family, and then the person that was the closest to you saying, ‘Nah, you can’t have no parts of it,’ and flushing it.”

Thankfully they kissed and made up. Or hugged. Whatever.


Teddy Riley

Teddy Riley has always come off like a laid back talented dude, but just a few years ago, he had a moment of rage against his daughters. The legendary producer was accused by his 18-year-old daughter Taja of beating her with a video game guitar (the one from the game Rock Band) and also attacking his older daughter after a disagreement. He would go on to kick them out of the house according to the women. But what really made it crazy was the fact that Riley bragged about the beating on Twitter after the fact, saying, “i did it for a reason, and i would do it again for them to get it. don’t disrespect the hand that feeds you.” Oh parents…

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  • ROGER 4555

    People are pumping Teyana up making her think she won something….. Exactly what is that Rihanna is on a DWT where she was when this all blew up…. None of Rihanna’s concerts have been canceled and nobody in Macau or Adelaide Australia is checking for TT….. I didn’t see anybody include TT to their tour after she “WON” this alleged beef….. Peace

  • Guest

    I am from Harlem and most of the people I know are from Harlem. Regardless to what is being put out there about us, we are not all HOODRATS, who can’t control their tempers!! Most of us have to be provoked before we lose out tempers. We just don’t walk the streets looking to start WW3. It is not flattering to be portrayed as a bunch of ill tempered, overheated, out of control brawlers!!! Being the black capital of the US, we really don’t need to be about that life and seriously neither does any other predominantly black neighborhood!!!

  • Stasi

    There is just nothing sexier than a man backhanding a woman. So bad a**. Seriously I don’t get why people are attracted to A$AP. He looks like he could be flavor flavs son.

  • Amazonian

    Silence does not equals weakness. It is a sport to a fool to do mischief. A fool’s wrath is openly known, but a prudent (wise) person conceals knowledge & covers shame.

  • TheOriginalCC

    Tejuana Taylor is not a thug or about that life plz ! She is a talker and celebs flock to her becuz she is from harlem and ppl frm harlem fun no doubt but this chick is a spoiled brat and has been all her life !

  • too real

    Diddy is not from Harlem – Yonkers. His dad dealt in Harlem

  • lockstress

    Celebrating HOODRATNESS is not hte BIZNESS!
    Please the name “madame noire” means black lady. AIn’t nuffin lady like when a fool shows his/ her arse for the world to see. Each one teach one. Pull your effin pants up and ask yourself what would jesus do? Right….

  • Diddy is from Mt. Vernon and Bree is from Brooklyn. Anyway there are negroes with anger management issues all over the world. Uncontrolled anger is a weakness not a strength.

    • ROGER 4555

      @Bird People are always criticizing Kanye and Chris Brown for their Twitter tirades saying they have anger issues but they want to give Teyana a pass because they hate Rihanna……Peace

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  • EvilA

    this whole thing is hilarious to me, just because Teyanna insinuated she would catch fade now she is a bad arse.

    Back in my day, no one thought you were a bad arse til you actually physically beat a bish down. Now if you can own a bish in 140 characters or less you are gangsta.

    By the way, Teyanna said nothing that I saw that was worthy of people assuming she put Rihanna in her place. She slung insults about her sexual actions like she is in her bedroom when she has nudes circulating online. Let she without leaked nudes cast the first stone. Teyanna slung BS that HS girls would say about each other around the lunch table.

    If I were her, I would feel terrible that I am an artist and I am not being acknowledged for my work, but for Twitter beef with a superstar. She was waiting for this day, now she has those 5 mins, she better work it.

    Teyanna is weak, her use of that domestic voilence photo proved that. She is like many people, she has a big mouth, but wont back it up.

    • Trisha_B

      “let she without leaked nudes cast the first stone.”


    • ROGER 4555

      @EvilA It seemed to me she took more offense about the $500,000 dollar net worth… TT even brought that up the next day for a radio interview she didn’t have any music to play but she said the amount of money Rihanna posted was not true…. I never heard a real bad girl call somebody a “BULLY”….

  • Jess

    Somebody gets paid to put little lists like this together?? Why are we talking about this like it’s something to be celebrated?? People who cannot control their own emotions, and clearly have issues with self isnt all that hot!!

  • me

    Harlem til I die

  • me

    All day thats my word!

  • Joey


  • smizz

    Where is Smizz, because I check these f@g bloggers any day I log on. Westside STAND UP!

  • Meandmybish

    Talk is cheap just cause that chick looks like a man doesn’t mean she will fight. She is the cyberbully

    • ROGER 4555

      @Meandmybish I totally agree with you…. Joking around with your staff isn’t bullying that picture was on Rihanna’s IG for a couple of days nobody knew who it was about until TT jumped off…… I had seen the video and thought Yusef was funny as Hell…. I never made the connection because I do not follow TT on IG….. She brought it to peoples attention for attention…..