Yandy Smith, the hard-working (ex) manager of rapper Jim Jones feels like she’s getting a bad rap this season of “Love & Hip Hop.”
She’s the common third party in the TWO major fights of the season (Chrissy vs. Kimbella & Kimbella vs. Erica Mena). Yandy tells us, though, she was justas blindsided as everybody else. And the producers controlled who she brought around the rest of the cast…and set up the scenario which would very likely cause a fight. Are the producers setting her up to be the bad guy? Hmmmmm……………you decide. Here’s our chat:
YBF: Now you have been the common denominator between both fights involving Kimbella and other cast members. What’s up with that and why do you keep bringing new people around?
Yandy: What you have to understand is that you don’t just bring who you want. It’s very real…..but situational. They tell you who to bring and it’s very set up. If I come to an event with someone, it’s because that’s who they told me to bring. The night before the fight, I had just met Erica. [The producers] introduced her to me. She said she had researched me and she really wanted to work with me because she wanted to get in the industry. And during dinner, she even mentioned Kimbella’s name in passing when talking about my other clients. And she was telling me that she’s not like anyone I have ever worked with and I kinda liked her vibe. But the way it was edited, it looks like she was dissing Kimbella during dinner and then they showed us high-fiving! Now….why would I go to dinner with this girl and let her talk about my friend and then, the next day, bring her to a lunch Kimbella invited me too?
We never know exactly what we are walking into, and when I watched it on tv, I felt like it was a set up.
YBF: Some people believe you’re an instigator, and you play like you have no idea what’s going on. And what we can’t understand is why does EVERYBODY wants to fight Kimbella? Is she always the victim or do you call her out for her wrong doings as well?
Yandy: I know people have been calling me the Don King of reality tv, but what I want folks to know is that you only see 10 mins out of a person’s 24 hour day. I am not all about money and I am a good friend. But this is a reality show…it’s for entertainment. These ladies and I are not really friends, but we are put in social interactions for entertainment purposes. And sometimes, things happen. The producers like to get a reaction because a good fight can lead to 3 million viewers.
As for Kimbella, she doesn’t play victim at all. But for whatever reason, a lot of people [on and off the show] hate on her. I have seen it with my own eyes….people want to pick on her. And now she is so used to people coming for her that she is a little sensitive. But once you break down that wall, she is a sweet girl. But she is not presented in the best light on this show for a number of reasons.
YBF: Any chance of you reconciling with Chrissy after the drama with Jimmy and Mama Jones and you dancing to Nancy’s song?
Yandy: I’ve said it before, I don’t have a problem with Chrissy. I never have. But I have always been close to Nancy. We have talked on the phone every day for the past 8 years. And I wasn’t trying to diss Chrissy when we danced to the song. But it’s like, if you are in the club and a song your favorite auntie made comes on…..you are going to dance! I was like, we in the club and they playing Nancy’s song! I didn’t think about how that made Chrissy feel…..but I did apologize.
Watch a sneak peek of next week’s episode where Yandy and Erica discuss last week’s fight:
Kimbella spoke about the recent engagement of Chrissy and Jim on “Love & Hip Hop,” and she revealed a few interesting deets about her own relationship AND addressed rumors of Juelz cheating. Here are the highlights:
On waiting for a man to propse to you:
Umm…wait didn’t she wait like seven years or something like that? (laughs) That’s a long time! In my eyes, it’s no reason why someone can’t commit to being in a relationship, or even being married, after three to four years. But again, I don’t know their situation, so I can’t say, or do I even know why she waited that long. But with me, yes, I do want to get married, but when the time is right. A lot of women always say, oh if they don’t get married, they leaving, but when you in love, you just don’t know.
On staying with Juelz if she found out he cheated:
(I)f my man doesn’t have the strength and respect to tell me, and I have to find out from another source, yes, I would move on. I mean, I am dealing with someone who is in the industry, and I myself am in the industry, and I am not easy to deal with just like he isn’t easy to deal with. It works both ways, but Julez is very respectful.
Young Money’s “Rack City” rapper Tyga was arrested this weekend in Las Vegas after getting stopped during a routine traffic citation. Deets inside…
22-year-old Tyga–real name Michael Stevenson–partied in Vegas this weekend. News station KSNV in Nevada reports the Compton rapper was pulled over on a routine traffic stop when cops discovered he had a warrant for 4 other traffic citations: driving without a license, registration violations and unlawful acts of financial responsibility.
Tyga–who appeared on Chris Brown‘s “Deuces,” was arrested, booked, and tossed in jail at the Clark County Detention Center. Then released the next day.
Speaking of Tyga…the “Rack City” video with millions more page views than his own official video:
As a genre, pre-incarceration tweeting is a new one.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has managed to define it anyway, hitting Twitter hard as the hours wound down to Friday, when he will enter the Clark County, Nev., Detention Center to serve out a near three-month sentence that could be cut as short as 65 days.
There were the pictures of winning wagering slips – who the heck bets $150,000 on the Little Caesars Bowl? There were gloating photos of a fresh white $300,000 Bentley he “picked up” as a going-away-to-prison gift to himself.
And then, of course, there was the obligatory photo of him working at what appeared to be a soup kitchen.
“TheMoneyTeam taking care is the less fortunate,” it read.
It was everything that makes people love Floyd Mayweather. And hate. And love to hate.
It’s also a sure sign Mayweather has already begun turning his jail term into a marketing plan. You have to be part fool to go to jail. You have to be part genius to exploit it.
[Related: Mayweather avoids jail time in separate case]
Years ago Mayweather decided to use loud, profane, vapid and staged antics to morph from a defensive-oriented welterweight into boxing’s biggest villain and its biggest draw.
“Don’t serve time, make time serve you,” Don King likes to advise inmates. In the 1960s, King did a four-year stint for manslaughter and used the time to educate himself and thus leave the numbers-running game upon his release. It’s an incredible story.
Expect Mayweather to take that to the ultimate level.
The CCDC isn’t anywhere you want to spend even an hour, but it’s not like Mayweather is going to do hard time.
He pleaded guilty last month to “misdemeanor battery domestic violence and harassment” of an ex-girlfriend and the mother of three of his children.
Through “work time” and “good time” that will cut his sentence, he could be out by early March. According to a police spokesman, he will “probably” spend the first week in isolated protective custody. “If no problems [arise],” he’ll be housed with other protective custody inmates.
He won’t be bunking with the general population, currently 3,393 strong.
Sure his 12,000-square foot mansion will become a 6-by-10-foot cell. Yes, those eight bathrooms he’s accustomed to will become a stainless steel toilet and sink. And let’s not bother discussing Egyptian thread counts.
As for the Bentley, maybe a member of TheMoneyTeam can wheel it around downtown Las Vegas so Mayweather can catch a glimpse through the thin window in his cell from what is expected to be the South Tower.
That first week he’ll get one hour a day outside his cell, all alone, according to the jail. In regular protective custody, it will be “several hours” with other prisoners like him.
It may not do much for training.
Other than that, he’ll survive.
The stated goal of the American judicial system is rehabilitation. Hopefully Mayweather will learn to save his aggression for the ring, especially when it comes to women. It’s a pathetic crime.
That said, the concept that he comes out a new man – humble and businesslike – is unlikely. He isn’t tweeting Bible verses in his final hours; he’s taking snapshots from parties. The man is starkly unapologetic. His Twitter avatar is a picture of him smiling between President George W. Bush and Jerry Jones.
He’s stayed perfectly in character.
Mayweather is a light-punching, lower weight class athlete in a sport decades removed from its heyday. He’s earned nearly $200 million anyway. That’s in part from breaking the mold on how to sell himself, mostly through outrageous turns designed to build a bad-boy image on HBO’s “24/7” reality show.
Hard-core boxing fans love his skills. That isn’t enough to make the big money. He’s found two other consumer groups: those that love his over-the-top act and those that hate it. He’s made himself a sensation.
Going to jail is just an unexpected plot development. Played properly, though, it will fire up both sides.
While anything is possible, it’s long odds he lets his detractors see him knocked down a peg. He’ll likely come out even more defiant.