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Reminisce Mackie (née Smith; May 30, 1980), known professionally as Remy Ma, is an American rapper. She was initially discovered by Big Pun, and came to prominence for her work as a member of Fat Joe’s group, Terror Squad. On February 7, 2006, she released her debut studio album There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, which was a modest success, peaking at number 33 on the Billboard 200 chart. She is one of only five female rappers to ever top the Billboard Hot 100 chart (as a member of Terror Squad on “Lean Back”), and one of only three multiple winners of the BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, which she won in 2005 and 2017.

Ma’s most successful songs include “Ante Up (Remix)”, “Lean Back”, “Conceited”, and “All the Way Up”. Ma is the recipient of two Vibe awards, two Source awards, and has been nominated for three Grammy awards. Since 2015, she has starred on VH1’s reality series Love & Hip Hop: New York, alongside her husband Papoose.


2015–present: Love and Hip Hop, subsequent albums

In 2015, Ma joined the cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York for its 6th season. She returned for the seventh and eighth seasons in 2016 and 2017.

Via Hiphop Wired, Fat Joe revealed that he and Ma would be releasing a joint album. On March 2, 2016, the joint album was officially announced as Plata O Plomo, which translates from Spanish to “money or bullets”. The phrase was used by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, who would offer government officials and law enforcement the choice of taking a bribe, or having a murder contract placed against them. The album’s first single, “All the Way Up”, was released the same day. “All the Way Up” was a critical and commercial success, receiving platinum certification from the RIAA, and two Grammy Award nominations.

Plata O Plomo debuted at number 44 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 11,158 album-equivalent units. The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics, despite lukewarm commercial success. XXL gave the album a 4 out of 5 stars, noting that the album is a “a triumphant return” for the duo.

Ma is currently recording and promoting her sophomore album 7 Winters and 6 Summers and her third album PunisHer, as well as her next collaboration album as part of the all-female rap supergroup 3Sum, alongside female rappers Shawnna and Jacki-O.

On August 20, 2017, Ma opened a women’s clothing store in Raleigh, NC called Conceited. Ma and husband Papoose were live in person for the opening.

On November 8, 2017, Ma released the first single from 7 Winters and 6 Summers. It featured fellow New York rapper Lil Kim and a sample from Kim’s “Queen Bitch” from the 1996 album Hard Core. On January 19, 2018, Ma released the song “Melanin Magic,” the second single from 7 Winters and 6 Summers. Featuring vocals by Chris Brown, the track made use of a sample from Mint Condition’s “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes).” On April 26, 2018, Ma released the song “Company” featuring fellow Bronx artist A Boogie. Shortly thereafter, the music video for the song was released.

On June 12, 2018, Ma released a single, “New Thang” with rapper French Montana which will appear on the soundtrack for the motion picture Drew.

Ma is currently a host on the talk show called State of the Culture. The show talks about everything that has to do with black culture. Her co-hosts are Joe Budden, Scottie Beam and Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins.

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