Name: Remy Ma
Birthday: May 30, 1980
Fav Dish: Cheesecake
Remy Ma, real name Reminisce Mackie was born Reminisce Smith, May 30, 1980 . Remmy is a Grammy-nominated American rapper and member of Fat Joe’s rap crew, Terror Squad. Ma was featured on the group’s hit song “Lean Back” from their second album True Story and M.O.P.’s “Ante Up (Remix).” Her debut solo album, There’s Something about Remy: Based on a True Story, was released on February 7, 2006.
She has won two Vibe awards, two Source awards, an ASCAP pop award and a BET award for “Best Female Hip Hop”, as well as two other nominations. Remy cites Big Punisher and Roxanne Shante as her biggest influences. Smith served a six-year jail term of her eight-year sentence in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women for stabbing Makeeda Barnes-Joseph in the abdomen over a missing sum of $3,000. She was released on August 1, 2014 and began recording new music with DJ/Producer DJ Khaledimmediately after her release.
In 2011, Remy Ma’s music was featured and discussed in a documentary, Black Lifestyle in Japan, where she was praised for looking “stylish” and “beautiful” and outlined as one of the most frequently listened to hip-hop musicians in Japan, amongst younger women. In 2015 Remy Ma joined the cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York for its sixth season.
On July 13, 2007, Smith turned herself in to New York City police in relation to a shooting early that morning outside a Manhattan Delicatessen. Police say that while she was with a group of people outside the Pizza Bar, a Manhattan nightspot, a verbal confrontation broke out at 4 a.m. During the entire incident, a gunshot to the torso wounded Makeda Barnes-Joseph, who has been accused of stealing eight thousand dollars from Remy. Police sources indicate that Barnes-Joseph later identified Smith as the shooter. Security tapes from inside the club showed no evidence of any altercations or arguments. Smith pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault, and criminal weapon possession.
Smith was later charged with witness tampering and assault after an August 2007 incident in which she was accused of causing several male friends to attack a witness’s boyfriend.
On March 27, 2008, Smith was convicted of assault, illegal weapon possession and attempted coercion in connection with these charges. She was immediately taken into custody pending sentencing scheduled for May 13. She was acquitted of witness tampering and gang assault, charges which involved the purported intimidation of the boyfriend of a witness. At her sentencing, the judge noted her disregard for the victim following the shooting—commenting that the rapper rifled through the victim’s purse looking for the alleged stolen money, as Barnes-Joseph sat seriously wounded in the car. Smith then exited the vehicle, jumped into a waiting car and drove off, leaving Barnes-Joseph bleeding in the front seat. No money was found in Barnes-Joseph’s purse.
Since the shooting, Barnes-Joseph has undergone several surgeries to repair damage done to her as a result of the shooting. Allegedly, she still experiences numbness in both legs and digestive problems as a result of the damage the bullet did to her intestines. In 2007, Barnes-Joseph filed an $80 million civil lawsuit against Smith for damages, along with pain and suffering. According to her lawyers, Smith was serving an eight-year term at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Bedford Hills, New York located inWestchester County and was expected to be released in 2015. Remy married her fiancee, rapper Papoose, while incarcerated in May 2008.
Smith wrote a letter to her fans via Global Grind in Late 2009 stating “I really miss everything but I especially can’t wait to get back in the studio and touring again, I’ve been writing like crazy,” she wrote in a blog entry. “First off I’d like to send love to C-Murder, his family and children…Some people are aware, but I realize that a lot of people don’t know that I have a son. He just turned 9 years old and I was able to celebrate his birthday with him and Pap, they stayed with me for 5 days and 4 nights. We had so much fun. I cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I baked cookies, cakes, and banana pudding. We watched movies, played board games and took a lot of pictures…I just want to say that I so love the ‘Wendy Williams Show.’ I try to watch it. I love watching the videos that are sent in of little kids saying ‘How You Doin?’ I couldn’t pay my son to do that! I have to go on her show though when I get home.”, which, ultimately she did when she appeared on the ‘Wendy Williams Show’ on October 14, 2014.
During an interview with Hot 97 host, Funkmaster Flex in July 2012, Remy Ma announced that in 22 1/2 months she would be released. In February 2014, her husband Papoose confirmed that Remy should be released during July 2014. On August 1, 2014 Remy Ma was released from prison after serving six years.