WEtv’s Growing Up Hip Hop New York: What Lil Mama Has to Say

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Growing Up Hip Hop New York premiered on WEtv on August 29th. However, on the 19th an intimate audience of influencers, media, and cast members screened the show at the historic Paley Center in New York.

Hosting the screening was hip hops favorite radio personality turned executive producer, Angie Martinez, who also screened the trailer for her new show “Untold Stories of Hip Hop” which is set to premiere on September 26 on WEtv at 10 p.m.

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Exploring a new generation of the Bronx born genre, Growing Up Hip Hop’s New York chapter follows JoJo Simmons, Ja Rule and his kids Jeff and Brittney Atkins, Lil Mama, Fat Joe and his son Ryan Cartagena, and Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti and his children Angie Pearson and Jonathan “JJ” Wilson Lorenzo.

Flavor Flav will also be making appearances on the show since his daughter, Da’Zyna is also amongst the main cast alongside late rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s son Young Dirty Bastard. And there are more. DJ Kid Capri and his daughter Vina Love are also on the show as well as rapper Charli Baltimore and her daughter DJ Siaani. With so many young people and big names in one show, drama is inevitable; which, of course, adds to how entertaining the show is.

Lil Mama took a chance to prepare viewers for what they’re about to see. “There's a narrative that the producers put together,” she said echoing Flavor Flav’s sentiments in an interview post screening, pre after party. “Hopefully one day we'll get to a place where their actually showing something that I really want people to see. But as for right now, it's a narrative.”

The show explores the conflict between Lil Mama and Angela Simmons and more. But Lil mama makes it clear, she’s only on the show for one reason. “The journey to my decision to be on the show was basically trying to get my fans to know a little bit about me,” she said. As someone who grew up in hip hop without parents in the industry, Lil Mama learned the business the hard way.

Besides telling her younger self to “F*ck everybody but just don’t f*ck no body,” she said as a joke, the “Lip Gloss” rapper gives her younger self and young artists some advice: “A lot of things are business. People who say they love you and things like that, don’t let it go to your heart because it’s usually just to get you to do what they want you to do at the moment.”

Acknowledging her journey, the Harlem native explained negatives and positives shape everybody; what’s important is staying true to yourself. “You can’t let them take your heart,” she said. She continued, “I’m getting to a place where I don’t really care about what people think. You can’t live for other people.”

Don’t miss Growing Up Hip Hip New York on Thursdays at 9/8c and look out for some new music from Lil Mama coming in the near future!