Harlem’s native and female music mogul Yandy Smith is a true hustla. After graduating from Howard University, she took an internship with Violator Management; which led her to working with artists such as 50 Cent, Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes. Smith, who is currently the president of Monami Entertainment, alongside founder, Mona Scott Young, and manager of Jim Jones. Smith is now ready to show the world she’s more than just Jim Jones’ manager, as she make a transition from behind the camera to the front of the camera as the sixth cast member of Love & Hip Hop 2. VIBE Vixen’s recently caught up with Smith, where she opens up about her career, managing Jim Jones, Love & Hip-Hop 2, her accessories brand and more. Below are some excerpts:
On how she got involved with the music industry?
When I graduated from Howard [University], I thought I was going to get into Entertainment Law, but then I got an internship with Violator Management, just to see what it was all about. I fell in love with hip-hop, as cliché as that sounds, and I opted not to pursue my law degree and go full speed ahead into management.
On how she first met Jim Jones and their business relationship.
I met Jim on a private jet. Russell Simmons was going to Detroit for a hip-hop summit, and I was doctored in. I was an ambassador for Dr. Ben Chavis to help get young people to vote. Jim happened to be the person I was sitting next to on the jet, and we started talking about how he wanted to break into the hip-hop world as far as being an artist goes but he had been managing The Diplomats and he was trying to put an album out. This was right when Pro-Tools just came out, and he was talking about the system and the possible addition of a booth at home. We exchanged information, and I let him know I worked at this managing firm and I let him know I was down to help him. I gave him my number, but I didn’t know that would lead to a call everyday about needing DVDs or help elsewhere. It got to a point where I told him, ‘You’re going to need to pay me, if you want me to do this at my job.’ That’s how the ball really got rolling. I was helping Mona out with the clients at Violator, but I was also doing work for Jim during or after work as well.
Source: Vibe Vixen
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