Remy Ma (real name – Reminisce Mackie) is an American Grammy-nominated artist who joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York season 6. Remy is one of only 5 female rappers to have a song top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2007, Ma was sentenced to eight years behind bars for shooting a friend.
She was born on May 30, 1980, in Bronx, New York, USA.
When she was young, Reminisce frequently saw the consequences and terrors of her family’s drug abuse with her own eyes.
Due to family drug abuse, Mackie had to act as a surrogate mother to her younger siblings.
She made her music industry debut in American rapper Big Pun’s album Yeeeah Baby. The album was released after the rapper’s death.
After the death of Big Pun, Fat Joe (birth name – Joseph Antonio Cartagena) signed Ma to his imprint label under SRC and made her a member of American hip hop collective Terror Squad.
In February 2006, she released an album titled – “There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story.” It moved 37,000 units in the first seven days and 158,000 units within the first 12 months of release. The album peaked at number #2 on the Billboard charts in its first week.
Remy released the following 3 singles from her album:
- Feels So Good;
After her first album, creative differences with Terror Squad and Fat Joe caused Mackie to leave the group and make plans on her own.
In July 2007, she turned herself to the New York Police Department in the case of a shooting incident in which the artist was involved.
Reminisce was identified as the shooter of Makeda Barnes Joseph, after a dispute over $3,000. In 2008, Remy was convicted of intentional assault and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. She underwent 6 years at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women.
Before her sentence was given, she told the judge:
“I’m not a thug. … I’m not a hard-core anything, I have feelings. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, big sister.”
Her lawyer, Ivan Fisher, declared that the prosecution had initially requested a 13-year sentence, however, the judge gave Reminisce 8 years.
She said that prison was not for the faint-hearted. The rapper also added that over 70% of inmates were on medication. She said:
“You can tell them anything: ‘I’m depressed, I’m stressed out, I want to kill myself.”
During her sentence, Mackie earned an associate degree in sociology.
Ma was released from prison in 2014.
Upon her release from prison, Remy was greeted by her manager, husband, and other members of her entourage.
Love & Hip Hop: New York
In 2015, Reminisce joined the cast of VH1’s reality series, Love & Hip Hop: New York.
On March 2, 2016, Remy and Fat Joe released a joint album, named – ”Plata O Plomo.”
The album sold over 11,150 album-equivalent units in its first week and debuted at number 44 on the Billboard 200.
On November 8, 2017, she released the first single from the album – ”7 Winters and 6 Summers.”
More Legal Issues
In 2019, she turned herself to the New York Police Department. The rapper was arrested and charged with assault.
Remy is accused of punching Brittney Taylor, a fellow “Love & Hip Hop New York” co-star, in the face during a concert. Her lawyer, Dawn Florio, denied the allegations, vowing to fight the charges.
Dawn Florio declared:
“The complainant (Brittney Taylor) is a liar, and my client did not touch her.”
He also said that at the time of the alleged assault, Ma was home with her husband and was nursing their infant.
On August 1, 2019, The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has confirmed that the Love & Hip Hop New York star’s community supervision completion date was August 1, 2019.
Dawn Florio said:
“She is officially off post-release supervision, which is similar to parole but it’s stricter because it’s for violent offenders.”
From 2004 to 2005, Remy Ma dated Juelz Santana, an American actor and rapper who is a member of the East Coast hip hop group The Diplomats.
In 2016, Remy Ma married her fiancée Papoose (real name – Shamele Mackie), an American rapper and songwriter who won the Justo Mixtape Award for Best Underground Artist in 2005.
Ma has a son, named – Jayson “Jace” Smith from a previous relationship.
With Papoose, Ma has a daughter, named – Reminisce MacKenzie “Mac” Mackie (born on December 14, 2018).
Ma is 5’10” (178 cm) tall.
”I never was a person that said, ‘I’m gonna be a rapper.’ I thought I would be a doctor.”
”I definitely have morals, there’s plenty of times where checks of astronomical sizes were presented to me and I declined because that’s not what I’m about.”
”I just do what I do. I write, I talk my shit, say what I want to say, bounce around on the beat, and I keep it moving.”
”When you go to prison, you don’t feel like a superstar.”
In 2011, her music was featured in a documentary, titled – ”Black Lifestyle in Japan.”
In 2005 and 2017, Ma won the BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.
Remy Ma – Net Worth
In 2017, she opened a women’s clothing store, called Conceited. She also two YouTube channels that combined have over 107 million views (meaning about $220,000 in revenue). Therefore, Remy Ma has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
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