Rece Steele: Ego Trippin'
Its been approximately one year since Ego Trips Miss
Rap Supreme aired on VH1 and the winner of
the show isnt proud of what shes been a part of. For weeks Rece Steele stood
around women who she claims were not on the show for the love of Hip-Hop, but
for the love of fame and stardom. Where she thought the creators of the show
wanted to present femcees in a positive light, she felt it was all an
Where does the platform become available for women in Hip-Hop
to earn respect? For the last 14 years of her life Rece Steele has struggled to
find that answer and it hasnt been easy since her reign at The Fembassy on
the show. After run-ins with Lady Lucks sly battle tactics, Nicki Minajs foul
mannerisms, and a few Ego Trips from industry heads giving her constant
shade, Rece invested her frustrated energy into her work.
Rece is currently preparing for her next mixtape Rece
Steele Reserved and working on new videos
for her current mixtape Its A Mans World. While she continues to fight for her space in a Hip-Hop landscape
where women arent represented in a proper way, Rece feels too many women favor
gaining a mans attention instead of relating to other women. Camaraderie she
feels lacks one major ingredient: respect.
you tired of being called Miss Rap Supreme yet?
[laughs] Yes Im very tired of being called Miss Rap Supreme. Not that the
title is so bad, but the show itself, I didnt respect the show I thought it
was unfair. Even for me, I won the show, but all I did was rap when I was on
the show from day one. I felt like I was the only person that was there for
that; everyone else had other reasons.
I really didnt like how Ego Trip, not VH1, Ego Trip I really
didnt like how they did the show when it comes to the essence of Hip-Hop,
because thats not what it is. I thought it was going to be a show explaining
how women get slept on in the game and maybe they can prove that wrong. It
turned out [to be] how they can make fun of how women [are] getting slept on in
the game. If they do that, then how are we ever going to get respected for
what we do? Obviously that wasnt their intention, so Im tired of the Miss
Rap Supremejust the show. I love
the title, but the show itself is kind of wack to me.
you think Ego Trip just makes fun of upcoming female artists?
Rece Steele: Im
not going to judge Ego Trip like that. I think they just wanted a funny,
successful show that would get ratings. They just went about it the wrong way.
Thats just how I look at it. The show wasnt that successful. In ratings it
was better than The White Rapper Show but it wasnt the biggest
show [compared to] Puffys Making The Band
as far as ratings go. I think they just made a mistake.
They didnt show enough of the grind and the work ethic in
the music; it was just a lot of playing around. Honestly, I dont think I would
have watched the show. I would have been mad if I watched the show. I was on
the show and I won, so Im keeping it so
real right now. I thought they learned off The White Rapper Show.
you feel the way they edited the show portrayed you the wrong way?
Rece Steele: Me,
definitely I felt like they put me in the house to be the hood chick that
flips on everything, because I have a strong opinion and I think that they got
that off of my first casting call that I will flip. Pretty much, it was going
to the point that they were trying to provoke me to flip! When you chop and
edit, Im not going to be on every show where Im cursing everybody out and
youre going to make it look like Im crazy. I just felt so uncomfortable with
a lot of things, thats why I fell back a little bit. Its weird when you put
your life in somebody elses hands and youre not even fully trusting of them.
talked about purposely not coming out as the aggressive hood chick, but you
didnt really entertain the other women in the house when they were coming
Rece Steele: It was
all phony bulls**t. Behind my back people were stealing. I had something
stolen from me before, people looking at me up and downthere was a bunch
of stuff that I could have really, really flipped for that I probably would
have, but I dont have time for that. I wasnt on there to do that.
I felt like it was just, We need more drama, Rece. I never
fell into that. I think I actually made them kind of mad. They pick you
thinking that youre going to do these things to the point that everyone is in
the house for a reason, so they will clash, so these things will go down. I heard from the Ego Trip guySacha [Jenkins] actually told me
personally, They want to get you off of the show.
Ego Trip, they didnt want me on the show anymore. They didnt
want me to win. They wanted me off. A gentlemen by the name of Ken Mok, hes
behind Americas Next Top Model, he was
the guy who fought for me to stay. He was the boss guy who fought for me to
stay on the show. They wanted me off, because I wasnt giving them enough
drama even though it was a Hip-Hop show. Sacha told that on the phone to me.
I wasnt hurting anybody while I was there, I would speak to everybody and give
as much respect as I could. If I speak to Sacha right now hed be nasty with me I
feel like it was always a problem. Im not going to say with VH1, but the Ego
Trip guy, that Sacha guy, he really cannot stand me. Elliott [Wilson] over there is
cool for the most part, I think the other [Ego Trip members name is] Gabriel [Alvarez],
he was cool. Sacha was the only one who didnt like me. Out of everybody on
there, you would want me off?
the scope of analyzing both inside and outside of the show, women do go at each
other in Hip-Hop. Do you feel like the camaraderie between women in Hip-Hop is
downplayed? Is there respect in it at all?
Rece Steele: I
think it could be, but I dont have good relationships with women rappers If
you are a cool female rapper and I meet you, if its cool then its cool.
Right now Im focused on myself. If I can do what I do and were cool, then
itd be great. I dont push the issue anymore, because it doesnt seem like
its going to work out. Im not as catty as a lot of people, Ill tell you
that right now. If youre doing what you got to do, then Ill respect it. You
disrespect me then Im going to disrespect you, thats how I feel.
Even in the Lady Luck battle, she was disrespecting me
hard-body going at my momsit didnt have to be like that. We went on a,
Were going to be two MC getting at each other, but its an MC battle like
what they used to do. She took it there. The Niki [Minaj] situation where I
was disrespected again? I was out here minding my business when she was
putting signs upstuff like that isnt even necessary. At the end of
the day why cant she just do her thing and Ill give her a hand shake and keep
it moving even if you dont want to be involved with it? Its just catty.
the disrespect that you spoke about, where did that stem from with Niki Minaj?
Rece Steele: Her
publicist held a sign right behind my head. It was just a disrespectful thing.
Im on my grind and Im looking at her like, OK you have Lil Wayne over
there with you and yall shouldnt be doing that to me! She has a backing and
I wish I had one. Sometimes I do wish, but now Im starting not to wish
anymore. I met Niki before in Harlem at a show and she was super stink and she
looked at me up and down and her friends were talking about me. There was
never a respect level from day one. I remember everything. Everybody I meet I
remember every situation.
Im her competition, I guess, but Im not her competition
because Im not trying to do what shes doing. You cant look at me as your
comp because Im going to beat you. Youre just doing it off a look. Even
though I might be pretty, its not a gimmick though. So many people wish it
was, but its not though. This is real. I write with my hands in this book
myself. This is what I do. Its not a gimmick and shes a gimmick. Were
different. Shes wishing she wasnt a gimmick but thats just how it is.
Youre born with certain things and you cant just get up and say you just want
to rap one day because youre cute. Thats not going to work in the long run.
you dont think shes a great lyricist at all?
Rece Steele: Hell
no! Niki sucks! Shes horrible. Ill give respect when its due, period. I
never heard anything I would say Id bop to. Im a lover of Hip-Hop. If its
good Im messing with it. They know that over there and she knows that, too.
At the end of the day she knows.
you feel Lady Luck is good? What do you feel about her talent?
Rece Steele: Lady
Luck used to be ill back in the day. Im not going to lie. When Lady Luck
first got signed I listened to Lady Luck. I think she was better back in the
day, but she definitely wont be able to go where shed like to go because she
just doesnt have that crossover. Shes a female at the end of the day and I
know she might be gay or whatever the case may be, but I dont know how shell
get anybody to accept it.
Where do you feel like you fit in this equation of the music industry?
Rece Steele: I fit
in as an MC. Even though I am a female, I dont want them to look at me as
that. I want you to look at me as an MC or a rapper that can do anything that
any guy can do. I know Im dope. I think the people would be the ones to love
me, not the artists. Maybe some will down the line when I get my name up, Im
sure. Im Hip-Hop and people will respect me more and thats whats happening
now. Im not rich and you guys have big money or some of you front like you
have money, whatever the case may be, and Ive seen people get intimidated by
me. Grown ass men maybe Im above a lot of people that are in [the industry]
and cant accept it. I wouldnt be intimidated by you if it were the other way
Youre getting ready to get into a lot of things and youre doing it on your
Rece Steele: This
is about to be a good look for me. [The Shade45 Morning Show with Angela Yee],
its going to be like a reality show every morning at 10AM just following my
grind It will probably be 15 minutes every Wednesday. Its a good chance for
me to just play some music and just talk about what happens during the week.
Believe it or not, I am the little dude, but I come into contact with a lot of
people. I just did The Source, which is a real good look for me
because I was working on that from the show and I got to do it recently. The
mixtape Its A Mans World I just
dropped that I have a next mixtape Im working on called Rece Steele
Reserved. I make beats as well, I sing, I
do a lot of other things. Im going to start getting into that to show the
world I can do that, too. I want my space and I want my respect because Im
I run around crazy, but I dont mind it. Its not the work
that I mind, I just want to be in a bigger space doing it and get paid more.
Everybody thinks Im like a workaholic. I call everybody early in the morning
, when everybodys sleeping Im up. Its been 14 years for me to even get a
chance to do this, so Im a do it and Im going to go in with my heart.