Music/talent manager Yandy Smith is NOT your average reality show girl from around the way. She’s a business woman and about her money. Yes, I like her. In my eyes, she is dope and I respect what she does. She graduated from Howard University, interned at Violator before leaving to manage Jim Jones full-time. In a recent interview with Necole BITCHIE, Smith talked about her college and Violator days, meeting Jim Jones on a private jet, the way she was represented on Love & Hip-Hop and if her boyfriend robbed Jim Jones in Harlem. Below are some excerpts:
Yandy, you came out the Violator Management camp. Exactly how long have you been in the industry?
I got an internship with Violator in 2004, right out of college at Howard. Then I turned that into a position there.
When and where did you meet Jim Jones?
I met Jim in 2005 on a private jet chartered by Russell Simmons. They were flying us to Detroit for the Hip Hop summit to register young voters and Jim and I sat next to one another. He kept telling me that he managed this group The Diplomats and I told him to hit me up if he needed any help. He started calling me every day and eventually I was like ‘You’re going to have to pay me for this.” So I became his official manager and left Violator in 2005.
On the show you’re definitely portrayed as a woman about her business. Were you always that way? Or was there a situation that brought that out of you?
You know what, when I went to Howard, I got a scholarship the first two years. But my mother made me pay for the last two years. So that really taught me to be about my business. Yeah, being social was great and I did that too but I definitely learned quickly that I had to handle mine. And when school was over, I brought that same mindset to Violator Management. I knew I had to hurry up and find a job so I could pay back my student loans. So I came in on my business.
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