Hip Hop Ladies Night – Artist Review – Remy Ma

Remy Ma

Background information

Birth name – Reminisce Smith
Also known as – Remy ,
Rémy Martin , Shesus Khryst , The BX Savior Shesus Khryst
Born – May 30, 1981 (age 32)
Origin – Castle Hill, Bronx, United States
Genres – Hip hop, gangsta rap
Occupations -Rapper, songwriter
Instruments – Vocals
Years active – 1999–present
Labels – Sure Shot, Remynisce, Capitol
Associated acts – Big Pun , Tony Sunshine, Cuban Link, Papoose, Jacki-O, Shawnna


Reminisce Smith (born May 30, 1981),[1] better known by her stage name Remy Ma, formerly Rémy Martin, is a Grammy-nominated American rapper and former member of Big Pun’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 is one of only four female rappers to ever have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with Terror Squad’s number one single “Lean Back.” She has also 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.[2] Smith is currently serving eight years in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women for shooting Makeeda Barnes-Joseph in the abdomen over a missing sum of $3,000.[3]


Remy Ma and brothers grew up in Castle Hill Projects in Bronx, New York and often saw the consequences and terrors of her family’s drug abuse with her own eyes. She was forced to take care of her little brothers and sisters at a young age and retreated from her home issues by writing poetry. She learned about how hard society was on women and minorities. She then took out her anger by framing her poetry into raps that she would use against her schoolmates during lunch. Her reputation quickly grew around the Bronx and word eventually got to the late MC, Big Pun of her and her work. After one meeting and a freestyle session, Pun immediately became her mentor.[2] Remy made her first appearances in the music industry on Big Pun’s album “Yeeeah Baby” (under the name Remi Martin) on the tracks “Ms. Martin” and “You Was Wrong”.[4] After the death of Big Pun, rapper Fat Joe signed Smith to his imprint label under SRC and Universal and made her a member of Terror Squad. Following the success of Lean Back, which garnered Remy a Grammy nomination, Remy Ma released two singles from her debut album There’s Something About Remy, the club-anthems “Whuteva” and “Conceited”. The album moved 37,000 units in its opening week and 158,000 units within the first year, low due to Universal Records’ poor promotion. On the other hand, the album received outstanding reviews from XXL Magazine with XL to Rolling Stone and Vibe Magazine.

Fat Joe and Remy were frustrated at the way the album was being promoted by Universal and how the label wasn’t releasing the right singles. With the solo albums lackluster debut, Smith decided to end her relationship with Fat Joe and the Terror Squad, breaking her deal with SRC/Universal in the process. Remy currently writes updates and posts it via her official Twitter and MySpace pages.

Reality show, second album and supergroup

After her departure from Terror Squad, which was confirmed on April 10, 2007, Smith had a slew of new deals and offers coming from both record companies and television alike. She was in talks to record her own VH1 reality TV show in which cameras would follow her hectic life as a female rapper in the male-dominated rap scene. She was also busy recording her sophomore album PunisHER named after her mentor Big Pun. Also in the works was Remy Ma’s debut album as part of the all-female rap supergroup 3Sum, alongside female rappers Shawnna and Jacki-O.[5] All of these plans were officially postponed and put on hold after taking part in a shooting incident that almost put her career to a complete halt. All projects and plans will resume as soon as her time from prison is served.

Shooting incident

On July 13, 2007, Smith turned herself in to New York City police in relation to a shooting early that morning outside a Manhattan nightclub. Police say that while she was with a group of people outside the Pizza Bar, a Manhattan nightspot, a fight 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 thousands of dollars from Remy.[6] Police sources indicate that Barnes-Joseph later identified Smith as the shooter.[7] 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.[8] 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’ boyfriend.[9]

Smith retained the services of the attorney Ivan Fisher. However, 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.[10] 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. It was not disclosed if Smith had in fact retrieved any stolen money from the victim’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 is serving her eight-year term at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Bedford Hills, New York located in Westchester County and is expecting to be released in 2015. Remy married her fiancee, rapper Papoose, while incarcerated in May 2008.[11][12]

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 onstage 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.”[citation needed]

In June 2011, it was announced that after losing her appeal, Smith would have a parole hearing in September 2014 with an eligibility date set for January 31, 2015, according to court documents. If parole is denied she may remain in New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women until March 23, 2016 – the maximum expiration date of her sentence.[13] 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.[14]



There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story (2006)


Most Anticipated (2005)
The BX-Files (2007)
Shesus Khryst (2007)
BlasRemy (2008)


Remy Ma: From the Grind to the Glamor (2005)
Shesus Khryst (2007)

Red Everything Movement


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