(AllHipHop News) Niatia "Lil Mama" Kirkland found her name in the headlines once again a few weeks ago. This time, the "Lip Gloss" hitmaker faced the comedic wrath of the internet over a comment she left on Instagram.
On September 7, Meek Mill posted a celebratory message on IG about new celebrity couple YG and Kehlani. Lil Mama wrote under Meek's photo, "Why you ain’t just post us 😩." The Philadelphia emcee responded, "Oh you shooting ya shot 'shot' huh." The jokes ensued.
AllHipHop caught up with Lil Mama after the Meek Mill saga played out on social media. The Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta star shared the current status of her love life.
"I'm definitely a relationship type of person. I'm very family-oriented. Most people in my family are either married or dating seriously - children, stuff like that," states Kirkland. "Right now I'm not currently in a relationship with anybody. I am focused on my career and I know that sounds super cliché, but at this present moment... I mean if you would've caught me last week maybe, but no, definitely not."
This is not the first time the Brooklyn native has been mocked and harassed online. The infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards incident where Lil Mama crashed the stage during Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" performance made Lil Mama persona non grata in many circles. She tells AllHipHop how she deals with digital detractors today.
"I have great people in my corner to help check me. Like, if somebody's saying something on the internet and they're like, 'Oh, she this, she's that,' I used to want to respond. You gotta remember I came in this game as a teenager. And then being 19 and 22 and 23 is not so far fetched from 17 neither," says Lil Mama.
The 29-year-old singer/dancer continues, "So I used to want to rebuttal everything and dispute everything. I used to want to respond to those people and things like that. And I feel like my father is a person who has kept me on track. Like, 'Yo, come on, stay on track. You're winning. Don't let nobody bring you down.'"