Salvadorian hip-hop artist Somaya ‘The Boss” Reece returns to VH1’s Love & Hip Hop when the second season airs tonight on VH1 at 9 p.m. EST. Considered the “Female version of Pitbull,” she shared with Latina.com her goals in the music industry, her advice for aspiring hip-hop artists, and how she plans to inspire others in her career.
What’s happening with you on Love & Hip Hop this season?
The reason I came to New York was to focus on my music and work on my music, but season one didn’t show any of that. It was completely overshadowed. So this season, I made it a really big deal to be focused on music, stay away from the drama as best as possible, which is impossible, but I tried.
What are some of your goals as a hip hop artist?
As a Latina in hip hop, as a Latina who’s a rapper, there are a lot of Latina rapper girls out there and have been out there and I would like to be a part of that. I just really want to break barriers.
What advice do you have for aspiring hip-hop artists?
I’m writing a book about it because it’s so extensive. It’s not just ‘oh I want to make music’ or ‘oh I want to design clothes.’ There has to be a real, true drive inside of you to push all of that. Aside from the drive, I did it without any money. I was a maid, an immigrant living in a garage with my mom and dad. I was at one point living la vida loca, but I changed my life around because I wanted it real bad. I also did a lot of research. The key to success is never be the smartest person in the room, always have a thirst for knowledge and always be a student first. I’ve always taken those key elements and it’s coming together. And stay motivated in spite of all the people who try to bring you down. My immediate goal is that I want to inspire and motivate others.
What are you doing to inspire others?
It’s my therapy I guess to speak to women’s shelters and kids about gang violence and things of that nature. And now that I have a bigger voice, I’ve started a campaign called Be You. The Be You Campaign focuses on helping rebuild the self-esteem of men and women who have suffered domestic abuse, hate crimes, racial profiling. These are real issues happening in our community. There are a lot of people committing suicide because of bullying. The rate in homicide of men and women due to domestic and spousal abuse is crazy. The numbers have doubled almost. I feel that it’s something I’ve been through so I want to educate people to build their self-esteem. They’ve been brainwashed to believe that they aren’t worth anything in life and you are worth something. You’re worth everything.