Music/talent manager and reality star Yandy Smith of VH1‘s “Love & Hip Hop” is still out hustling. Trust me, Smith still has checks coming in! She graduated from Howard University and interned at Violator before leaving to manage Jim Jones full-time. She is no longer managing Jim Jones. She is the talent manager at Monami Entertainment, where she co-manages Missy, Busta Rhymes and Toccarra. Smith also has her own accessory line and lifestyle brand Everything Girls Love. She is a true Harlem hustla! TheJasmineBrand recently chatted with Smith about Love & Hip-Hop, Jim Jones, Missy and much more. Below are some excerpts:
On the biggest lesson learned from “Love and Hip-Hop”.
“My biggest lesson was you can say no. If I had to do it all over again, there would be some things that I would probably think of ahead and just say ‘No, I’m not doing it.’ Like situations like ‘Okay we need you to walk into the luncheon with Erica’ and I see Kim sitting there, I should’ve thought ahead like ‘I’m not doing it’ and just said no. But you know it was the first time taping and I put a lot of trust in producers and just feeling like ‘they wouldn’t set me up, they wouldn’t make me look crazy,’ and I can’t blame anybody of course, but it’s about a show, making a great show. If a fight sparks off or some crazy words transpire, that’s what makes the show, that’s what keeps you guys tuned in.”
On whether or not she’s spoken to Jim Jones.
“No. His whole team calls me for everything, for show bookings. A lot of them still come through me so I pass them onto his guys and if they need help with something they all call me so I’ve spoken to him not directly, but through everybody else. Just because I don’t mind helping and I wanna see him win regardless.”
On her upcoming work with Missy Elliot.
“She’s working on a new album. We have a great first single that I think is just like hardcore Missy. She’s back to her roots, she’s back with Timbaland, so it’s going to be the Missy that we’ve all been waiting for. Not that she’s been gone, because while she herself hasn’t been out as an artist, she’s produced Monica, she’s produced Keyshia Cole, she’s produced Jazmine Sullivan. She’s been working. Now she has a single out with J. Cole, which is a great record as well. So there’s a lot going on.”
Read the full interview over at the TheJasmineBrand.
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