Meet #NoireVIP Somaya Reece: New Look, New Music, New Me, Part 1
Tell us about your journey before Love & Hip Hop New York? Who was she as an artist? What were her passions?
Prior to Love and Hip Hop I was already making music, I was already on TV, films and over 45 national commercials. I was the number-one independent artist on MySpace with over 33 million REAL plays, one-and-a-half million fans (that grew to two million) and one of the first artists to be brought into MySpace Records to be offered a deal. My records were always charting in their top 10 charts next to all the major label artists, I was the only indie one on the charts pushing numbers. I grew up in a traditional Latin household. That is reflected in my music today. I love mixing Latin and hip hop. I am driven by passion. Everything I do I have to deeply believe in. As a child I wanted to be an actress, musician, an artist in general. At three-years-old I would sing happy birthday to my whole family and charge them for tickets. I was an independent little boss even back then!
Hailing from LA, how did you get on Love & Hip Hop: New York?
I couldn’t find any producers n L.A that did Latin hip hop. We have many hip hop producers here but not in the Latin hip hop style I was trying to create. Prior to Pitbull blowing up, that is the sound I kept trying to get producers to do for me out here in L.A but they didn’t think it was something that would sell. Fast forward, look at Pitbull now! I was advised by many people to move to Miami or New York…but I didn’t know any producers there. As the risk taker I am, I sold almost everything I had here in L.A, my car, jewelry, clothes, packed my bags and moved blindly to New York.
You were determined, a woman on a mission…
Yes. I came with one bag, fierce ambition and the drive to make it happen. I knew exactly what my vision was and no one was going to stop me…as you saw on LNHH!! I was already interviewing with all the television networks back in L.A for other shows, so when the New York offices found out I was here they tried to contact me, found me and the rest is history. I had a meeting with Mona [Scott Young] at VH1 I kept it real with her, I kept it transparent and she casted me as the star of the show.
Why did you depart from the hit reality show?
I still work with the Love & Hip Hop brand now…you never know if I’ll return or not [winks].
Did that departure inspire you to focus on yourself and your rebranding?
I was always focused on me even while filming in New York, but moving back to L.A. definitely made me focus harder on everything, specifically on re-branding. My main focus was to bring forth a new me, new music, new look, new everything. It was a pretty intense process that no one but me made happen. I researched everything in regards to building a successful brand. I took my time.
In Part 2, Somaya talks all about her passion for fitness and her new site ThisFitsMe.com