Somaya “Boss” Reece is a woman ahead of her time. Putting her nickname into action, this buxom diva allowed cameras to capture the beginnings of her New York journey on the first season of VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop. Proving she’s a fighter, La Jefa has returned for round 2 of the critically acclaimed show, poised and with a focus on her brand (including a tequila and clothing venture). Now hip to the inner workings of reality television, Bossy Montana strives to be more than her reality star status and deliver that which seems to be only understood by her most loyal fans. Determined to express herself while steering clear of distractions, will the voice of this Latina Vixen finally be heard? VIBE Vixen checked in with Somaya as she chats about season 2 of Love & Hip-Hop, relationships with the new castmates and her role this time around.
VIBE VIXEN: It’s been about a year since you’ve shot the first season of Love & Hip-Hop, how does it feel to come back for season 2?
SOMAYA REECE: It feels good, because the first season, it seemed like it was an attack against [me]. It was supposed to be more about my music, but it ended up showing more of my personal side as far as me moving to New York from L.A. I chose to live the way I did in New York. I have a home in Los Angeles, and I’m well of it L.A. They thought it was funny. It was challenging, but I’m up for the challenge. I always tried to reach out to the girls, because they didn’t understand me or my story. I was doing a lot of things during season 1, but they didn’t show it. They didn’t show my Lionsgate film, my tequila [brand] and clothing line. Hopefully, they’ll show it this time around.
How would you say the dynamic is now between you and the ladies now?
Editing is a whole different story. Any reality person will tell you that. I’m focused a hundred and twenty percent this time on my business. Whatever else happens are things I can’t control. I can’t control if anyone wants to attack me, my cast mate or each other. Emily is a mutual person all the time. She’s someone that I talk to. We just began filming again, so relationships aren’t as developed yet. I do not try to fit into any circles. I am a nice person, I’m fun, I joke; I’m a big jokester. It would be a cool thing for the girls to finally see me.
There have been reports surfacing the internet about supposed drama already heating up with the new cast member, Kimbella. How do you feel about that?
I can’t say what happened because of contractual reasons, but I’ve met her and she’s a beautiful girl. She’s really über sexy all the time. I don’t really know exactly what the beefs are and what’s going on, [and] I don’t think anyone has gotten the chance to know her. She tries her best to be very nice to me. I don’t judge anybody. I don’t know if it’s the whole cast or not, but there is friction going on there. I don’t know what the reason is because it’s not my business.
Do you have any advice for Kimbella?
It’s funny because so many people have asked me, ‘How does it feel to not be the villain?’ [Laughs] I will say no matter who decides to come to our show, be yourself. Don’t try to be a whore or act like you’re going to bust a cap in somebody. Don’t turn into somebody else because you’re on television. If you’re going to come on this show with a bunch of strong women, you better know to just be yourself. Especially for [Kimbella], if you’re coming into a situation where you don’t know anyone, be honest because neither of us on the show likes dishonesty. It’s really important to remain honest and true to yourself.