Miss Rap Supreme: Behind The Scenes with Rece and Byata

By now we all know that a lot of what we see on

so-called “reality” TV is scripted, scenes are done over to capture the “essence

of the moment” and model-slash-actors are swarming to these shows to be seen

for career purposes. No reality involved.

Now, take Hip Hop and try to pass it over as a

reality show – as they’ve done with Miss Rap Supreme on VH1. Are we looking at

another scripted show, or could all this drama really be natural?

Byata and Rece Steele of Miss Rap Supreme took a little

time to discuss the ins and outs of putting themselves out there on national TV,

and they give us the lowdown on how much of the action we are seeing is really real.

AllHipHop.com: How real is reality TV from your

perspective, now that you've been in it?

Byata: My opinion is that reality TV is real. Where

I was living with those girls it's as real as real can be. Nobody told us how

to act to each other, what kind of rhymes to write, how to write our rhymes.

Everything was real, every situation that we were in was real, every way that

we dealt with each other was real. The reality TV show that I was on was real.


Rece: I think it was definitely real, I think that

the situations made the drama. I think something people don't realize is that

you're put in the house with strangers that you don't know. These might not be

people that you would hang around with, so the conflict is always gonna come.

That's like when you wanna go home and be with your family because you get


 Rece SteeleNothing was scripted. When we had beef we probably

were frustrated and that person really got on our nerves. Nobody told us to do

anything on the show, everything was real. I agree with Byata.

AllHipHop.com: Talk about that tension [of Khia being in the house] and what created it from the onset. Was it just who she was,

or was it something that was said?

Byata: Khia in the beginning was cool and got

along with everybody. It had nothing to do with people saying that because she

sold 800,000 copies some of us were hating on her - that had nothing to do with

it. We actually respected her for that. The tension began when Khia got cocky

and looked at us like we was nobodies. That's where the drama began.

To keep it frank with you it was more her looking

at us like, "These b****es aint s**t. I'm Khia." That to me started a

little bit of tension. Some people wanted to dwell on it and some people were

just like, "You know what? F**k her, we don't care. I'm gonna keep doing

my thing anyway. If Khia's here or not, it don't make a difference."

Rece: I didn't really have any beef with Khia. I

know she was extra cocky, but I think she was doing that for herself. I mean

honestly when you've sold that many records maybe you're somewhere where you

have to tell yourself that you're that good. She might have felt some way about

even being on the show. I never really looked at her like, "Oh, she

doesn't belong here."

I didn't really care as much because a lot of

girls had problems with her being there on the show. The cockiness was her just

trying to say, "I am the s**t, even though I'm on this show I'm the

s**t." I don't know, I don't really think Khia's a lyricist like that. Not

to discredit her as an entertainer with doing live shows, but I don't think

she's a lyricist. A lyricist gets more into depth with what she's talking

about, I don't think Khia really does that. I never heard her album, but if she

would have come in the house and treated it a different way maybe I would have


She kind of played with the situation. I take it

very seriously. Anybody who comes in the house and is asked to spit a 16 and

doesn't know what a 16 is, I can't respect you. That's what she put out there.

I gave everybody full respect until you show me what you got. Maybe she should

have treated it differently, I respect that she sold albums, but I don't know…

AllHipHop.com: Have you guys seen the whole series

yet or are you just watching it when we are?

Rece: Nope, we watch it when you watch it.

AllHipHop.com: You read constantly about reality

show stars who say, "They edited it to make me look this way, they took that out of context." Are you worried about anything said or done that

could come out the wrong way?

Rece: Not at all, because you know what I did when

I went on that show? I was myself. I can't be ashamed of who I am, I didn't try

to floss. I come from the struggle, I'm just a Hip-Hop artist and an average girl,

I worked a regular nine-to-five and quit it to go on the show. I just happen to

rap, I wasn't trying to be no super gangster or all of that. That really wasn't

necessary, because I feel like if they don't like me, they don't need to love

my music. So I'm not ashamed at all. Aint no shame in my game.

Byata: Exactly, I kept it Byata the whole way so

I'm not worried. Even the times when the camera was on me in the morning and my

nose was running, I don't care because it's me. Burping, farting and whatever

the hell, it's me. So if you love me, you gotta love me for me. I wasn't trying

to be anything that I'm not like other girls. If you're confident with yourself

you need to be comfortable with the way you are on TV. If you're portraying to

be someone else then that's gonna come out, because there will be characters on

there that are gonna be exposed and America will see them as they are. Some

girls, right now America thinks they're the s**t, but in a minute America's

gonna be like, "Nah". So it's all in how you portray yourself.

AllHipHop.com: It came out in the gossip mags that

Ms. Cherry is T-Pain's baby mama. Did that come out in the house?

Byata: Of course, we all know. It wasn't something

where she ran around like, "Oh, I'm T-Pain's baby mama." She kept it

humble, she was humble about it.

Rece: I respect Cherry so much, because to me she

never tried to bring that up like, "Oh, my baby's daddy is [T-Pain]."

It was always like, "I wanna do my own thing." She doesn't want to be

under someone's wings carrying her, she wants to be independent on her own,

getting her own money. So I have to respect her at the end of the day, she

never mentioned the T-Pain thing at all.

AllHipHop.com: Rece [being that your mother was L.A. Star] do you feel you had extra pressure maybe from the judges to have a

certain flair for rap because of your legacy?

Rece: I felt that the judges were hard on me the

whole way. It didn't break me, but I always felt like they always looked at

everything having to do with me. They probably felt like I'm the second

generation of Hip-Hop, but I still do it for me. I didn't really feel the

pressure because I do it for myself. I don't do it for my mom, my mom didn't

really tell me, "Yeah Rece, go out and rap." I just kind of picked it

up myself. She found out after I was doing it for three years that I even did


So it's in my blood, it's in me so I don't feel

any pressure. I feel pressure as far as succeeding , that's the pressure I

feel. My mom didn't do that well as far as her albums selling and things like

that, so I don't want to let a second seal come out and I don't do well either.

Those are the things that are on my mind, I want to make sure I do well. I know

that she's told me all of the mistakes that she's made, and I don't want to

make those mistakes, so that's the pressure I feel about succeeding. I'm scared

of failing, that's why I work so hard.


Female MCs aren't necessarily brought up in the freestyle frame of mind [and the challenges on Miss Rap Supreme are all about freestyle]. What are your

philosophies on freestyling, and how important is it for women to learn?

Rece: I mean, I'm not gonna say freestyling is

something that you must do to be an artist, but it's good to learn because

you're always ready. If you're a rapper, you're hungry and you're going in,

you'll be ready at any time. It's good to be able to react to any situation

when you're a rapper, but a lot of guys don't freestyle anymore, it's kind of

like a lost art.

But in our house, a lot of people freestyled. All

the girls freestyled, we had ciphers at one point where we were freestyling.

But I think we were definitely bringing that element back, I don't think it's a

woman or man thing, because I know guys that can't freestyle neither. But I

think we definitely displayed that we could on the show being women, stronger

than some of the men who can't freestyle.

Byata: The type of artist I am, freestyling was

not really my thing, I was more of a songwriter. But once you write songs it

comes naturally to you I guess. Rece is the illest freestyle rappers that I've

ever seen as a female or male, I think she can eat any dude up. She inspired me

to do that, to go back home and work on that element. To just throw a beat on

and spit off the top of the dome. I think it's important because you can play

around more, you have more depth if you can freestyle. If you forget a line

while you're on stage, boom you come in with a freestyle, so it's definitely

very important.

AllHipHop.com: Byata, you actually came up as a

poet. Do you feel that being a poet has made writing hooks more challenging for

you or that it's helped you?

Byata: Oh, it's definitely helped me. My expertise

with hooks is [to where] I can write the s**t out of a hook. I hear a song and

I hear the hook right away, I hear the concept right away. Definitely I want to

say being a poet helps with turning it into the rap form, I can come up with

the whole thing and put it in this cool poetic form, turn it into a hook and

say everything I have to say put in a hook. It definitely helps.

The thing with Nuyorican [Poets Café] was that I

was always a poet that wasn't slamming.

Every other poet would do slam poetry, I would get up and do Hip-Hop poetry. So

they would look at me like, "You don't belong here" and I would be

like, "What do you mean I don't belong here?" I didn't come up being

a slam poet, I came up being a Hip-Hop poet and I always thought a rhyme is a


AllHipHop.com: With this show we have a few women

that are Caucasian or of European heritage. How do you ladies feel about white women coming into the game on a level that Black women have held down for so


Byata: Just for the record, with me being Russian

there's a big big difference than just being an average white girl, but you

know I'm white [because] my skin is white. But I have no problems with white

girls rapping, I have a problem when a white girls raps and [she 's] not being

herself. When she's trying to take other people's elements and make them

herself, you feel me?

My whole thing is if you're keeping it real, if

you're black, white , purple, green, yellow, I don't care. [It's about] if I

can feel you when you spit, you could be a Black girl spitting and I could be

looking at you like you ain’t being yourself right now. So to me I don't mind.

I would actually love to see a Caucasian girl rap on MTV, I would root for her

as long as she's good, she makes sense and I could relate to her. If I can't

relate to you then I'm gonna change the channel.

Rece: It's all about bars, look at Eminem. He's a

dope lyricist, you could never discredit him for that and he's a white boy.

Eminem's dope - not because he's a white boy, but because he's dope. It's all

about your bars.

AllHipHop.com: Now that the show is done taping,

what's next for the both of you?

Byata: Fame, fortune, success and happiness. I

just wanna keep making dope music and get as many fans as I can. When I go on

my Myspace page and I see everybody like, "Yo B, I love your music",

that makes my day [and] I accomplished something. As long as I can keep getting

those same responses and I can keep putting that music out there that moves

people, then I'm good [and] that's my accomplishment.

Of course I want the fame and fortune, but not to

the point where I won't know what to do with myself. But that's definitely what

I need to have in the future, because I want to take care of some people in my

family. I see a lot of big things happening for me and Rece, that's my girl

right there. I definitely see a lot of big things happening for the both of us,

the New York chicks. We're bringing it back to New York, that's my

accomplishment for me and Rece, we need to put New York back on the map.

Rece: I'm realizing that it's still a grind, so

right now I'm just trying to get as much exposure [as I can], use this time

wisely. My whole thing is to be out there as much as possible, try to get some

music playing on the radio and push the single. It's all about hard work, my

future plans is to work really hard and bust my a** to get what I'm looking for

at the end of the day.

You can find Rece Steele at www.myspace.com/recesteele and Byata at www.myspace.com/byataClick here to read the AllHipHop.com interview with YoYo