Earlier this week, VH1 fans were reacquainted with former “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star DJ Traci Steele during the premiere of “Atlanta Exes.” The radio personality received quite a bit of camera time after she got into an ugly altercation with one of the show’s cast members, Tameka Raymond. We were able to speak to Traci earlier this week, who gave us the rundown regarding her disagreement with Tameka, rumors that their fight pushed Tameka to quit the show and rumors that Torrei Hart ran into Kevin and Eniko the night of their engagement.
MN: Can you explain the incident that occurred between you and Tameka Raymond the other night on “Atlanta Exes?” It appears that it was edited in a way that made it difficult for viewers to fully grasp what actually went down.
“Yeahhhhh a lot of people can kind of tell [it was edited down]. You have some people who kind of don’t get it, but a lot of people were hitting me saying, ‘Oh, that don’t look too right.’ It looked like I turned up in 3.5 seconds and that’s not the case. There was a buildup to that. It was much longer and a lot more arguing in between that and all of that was cut out, so it looked like she said one word to me and I snapped and went off. And that’s not the case at all.
First of all, I didn’t even know what event I was going to. I had no idea it was a charity event at all. If I had known that, I probably would have tried to bite my tongue as I was walking out being disrespected by everybody, but I still would’ve held it in. I didn’t know that and I still didn’t know until the next day when Tameka called me and said, ‘What’s going on? Why was you acting like that at my charity event?’ I was like, ‘Oh, that was a charity event?’ I’m like, ‘Damn, I did not know.’ I had no clue, so you know, the next day I had to apologize to Tameka because I had no idea that was for your son. In the past she sold clothes and when I walked in, I thought that’s what she was doing again. It was like four people in there, so when I walked in I was like, ‘Okay, nobody is here. She selling clothes. Oh, okay. That’s what this is.
As soon as we walked in, she was just like she normally is, really standoff-ish and hard and a little rude. She was snapping on my girl and I’m like, ‘Dang, we just walked in the building. You going in on Torrei. Torrei really and truly was just defending herself, but everyone is going in on Torrei. I get why they’re going in on me, but they’re going in on Torrei because, ‘this is not the time and place.’ Well, hello? She [Tameka] was literally reading her [Torrei] up and down. Talking about what she got on and trying to play her. Nobody is going to stand for that. So Tameka basically started that and Torrei finished it.”
MN: Did you know Tameka prior to the event? The show left viewers under the impression that you two had just met at the event.
“Yeah, we worked together a few times prior to the event. I’ve done events with her—either hosting or DJing events for her and her kids. She hit me probably about a month prior to that event and she asked me to do some promo for some charity work that she was doing. I was like, ‘I got you.’We definitely know each other. She has my number, I have hers.”
MN: What is your relationship with her like now?
“I mean, it’s the same that it was before. We were never friends. I thought that Tameka, hmmm, she’s a cool person that has gone through so much that she’s really abrasive almost. You just have to let her be and stay away from her. Even in the conversation I had with her the next day, I had to tell her, ‘Do you understand that when you speak to people, you belittle people? Do you know that you do that?’ Tameka has been through hell and back, so I think she’s just real hard from everything that she’s gone through.”
MN: There were rumors awhile back that the argument you guys had made her quit the show. Was there any truth to those rumors or are you not allowed to comment?
“I can speak about whatever the hell I want to and VH1 will just have to come for me. Her and I did not fight, but Tameka feels like, ‘You know what, I don’t want to be a part of anything that is going to be turned up.’ But you gotta understand, if you’re going to talk to me reckless, I’m gon’ act reckless.’ That’s how I am. Everybody moves differently. I don’t do well with disrespect. She thinks that she can be slick at the mouth and say anything to anybody and they’re just supposed to take it. What? What world is that? So that’s how that happened. Tameka was like, ‘I’m not going to be a part of something like this.’ So you know, everybody talked to her, including myself after I apologized and she realized, ‘Okay, I’m going to continue on with this.’ She didn’t quit, she thought about it and then she figured, ‘I’m going to continue on with this because at the end of the day, I want to make everybody aware of what I’ve been through and what I’m doing now with my charity,’ and you know, try to raise awareness for her son and all the things she has going on. So she made the decision, ‘It’s best for me to be on the show because I’m doing so much and I want people to see what I’m doing.”