VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Lil Mama Talks ‘Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta,’ Tension With Bow Wow
After joining WEtv’s Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta, rapper Lil Mama had some tense moments with the show’s star Bow Wow. “I think that Bow Wow is a little spoiled brat and I love him so much, but I think he’s been in the game so long that he has this you know little cocky swag but I see through all of that, ” she told uInterview in an exclusive video. “He’s like my brother, I love him so much and I love what he’s done in hip-hop, he’s a legend to me and I will never feel otherwise no matter what. I think he’s paved the way for a lot of young artists especially being a teenager.”
In 2006, at 17 years-old, the rapper and actress signed to Jive Records, and just over a year later her debut album VYP (Voice of the Young People) debuted at No. 25 on the Billboard 200, featuring her popular hit single “Lip Gloss,” quickly rising her to fame. Lil Mama has also broken into acting by landing the role of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes in the VH1 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, and she has also appeared as a judge on America’s Best Dance Crew for seven seasons.
Growing Up Hip-Hop explores the lives of some of hip-hop heavyweights children as they go onto their journey to self-discovery. Although Lil Mama’s parents were both musically influenced, she was the first to break into the industry. “I think its special to have grown up in hip-hop the way I have, though it’s not due to a parent,” Lil Mama told uInterview.
Mama also revealed that her most embarrassing moment of the show was taking vocal lessons from Kelly Price, in which she made her sing the ABC’s.
“That was pretty embarrassing,” Mama said. “But what I took from and what she wanted me to get from it was that no matter what you sing if you have feeling and its connected to something spiritually it’ll connect to others and it’ll connect for you and I felt connected but I definitely felt like ok this is weird!”