Remy Ma is gearing up to release her long-awaited sophomore album 7 Winters & 6 Summers in early 2018. Fresh off the release of her new single “Wake Me Up” featuring Lil’ Kim, the Bronx rapper stopped by “The Breakfast Club” to discuss the project, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Khia, and much more.
During the 50-minute interview, she revealed that her first album in 12 years will be executive produced by Fat Joe and feature Chris Brown. She is also apparently waiting on a Cardi B collaboration, saying that they’ve already exchanged records but that they aren’t finished with them yet.
Remy confirmed that her Lil’ Kim collaboration is not meant to be an alliance against Nicki Minaj, as was first reported. “I’m so over that, I’m passed that,” she said. “I’m in a good space. Everything happens for a reason. It’s just a dope record. I think Kim is an icon. I think she should definitely be paid way more respect than she is. To me, she’s like the Madonna of female rap. I can’t think of no chick in rap that can’t say at one point they weren’t influenced by Kim. She sounds amazing on the record.”
She went on to say that her aim isn’t to compete with Nicki or any other female rapper. “I don’t sit around and focus on females,” she said. “When I write, I make music because I want to be great overall. I want the Hovs to hear it. There’s this one record on my album, I can’t wait to go see JAY-Z and be like, ‘What did you think about that? Kinda nice, right?’ I want the Kendricks and the J. Coles and the Ems of the industry to be like, ‘Shorty’s nice. She went in.'”
Prior to this confirmation, Khia — of “My Neck, My Back” fame — dissed Remy and Kim for teaming up against Nicki. “Sometimes, people just talk because they have lips,” Remy said of Khia. “This is the problem, I think, with women in the industry. First of all, no one is banding together against anybody. I don’t need anybody to band with me to do anything to anybody.”
Read additional quotes from the Q&A below.
On Papoose Ghostwriting Rumor: “My husband is amazing when it comes to writing but we have these arguments all the time. We have a very different style of writing. I tell him all the time, ‘You write really good but I make great songs.’ I’m actually kinda nice on my own. If people think that, because I’m with somebody, that I would even allow that, I don’t need that. When I met Pun, was Pap writing my rhymes? When I made ‘Ante Up (Remix),’ when I didn’t even know Papoose existed, was he writing it then?”
On “shETHER”: “There were forces at work, trying their damnedest, to try to get it ripped down from everywhere. On SoundCloud, it probably had 3-5 million in the first 12 hours. Whoever was over there, had it taken off for hours like that but it was never put out to be charting. It was never put out to make money. That wasn’t the purpose.”
On 2 Chainz & Nicki Minaj’s ‘Realize’: “I never had a problem with 2 Chainz….I asked him a question, a very valid question…My thing with him was, you was promoting this record, going mad hard, and there’s shots being thrown at me on your record. Why would you do that? I’m cool with him. I knew him since he was Tity Boi…Why would you have somebody shooting at me out of your vehicle?”
On her Columbia Records Deal: “The deal that I have right now is very unique. It’s amazing. That’s another situation why I hired Vince. The whole team at Columbia/Sony rock with me…It’s a great thing when you have people that want you to win and they believe in you.”
On Meek Mill: “I feel bad that he has to do all that time, but he probably should have been more nicer to me when he was up here talking about what he told me and what he didn’t tell me. I’m kidding. I would never wish jail on anybody.”
On Plastic Surgery: “I’m still waiting for the before-after pictures. I can’t even leave the five boroughs without permission. I’ve never left the country since I’ve been home. What? D.R. Colombia? Where did I go? Please.”