As some of you can recall, this isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of Diamond being on the reality TV frontier. In fact, Diamond was asked to join Season 1 of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta but declined, saying she didn’t think it went well with her brand.
“I wasn’t about to jump on something and mess up what I worked ten years for, starving for fame, starving for money. I’m not starving for money. I’m not starving for fame. I don’t think I fit in that category,” she said, adding, “Not saying everyone on that show is, but that was the only way I felt it was the perfect size for someone that needs that. But for me, that wasn’t the way I was trying to go.”
However, several years later, Diamond finds herself on yet another music-inspired reality show. But the 26-year-old former Crime Mob performer revealed that this time, she’s definitely reaching out to her fans in a way that’s good for her creatively and personally.
“I’m actually glad that I used this tool as another way to market myself and show who I am as a person and who my label is and family is, so my fans can connect with who I am,” she told us. “Nowadays it’s not just about the music. They want to connect with the person. They want to buy into the person. It’s more about branding … and I think done right, in the right way, it’s a perfect way to move forward with your career.”
Diamond admitted to some tension on the show, but added that it came with the territory of being in a “competitive sport.”
“You’re supposed to feel like you’re #1. I think like I’m #1,” she said. “I feel like, at certain points, because we’re artists, we bump heads, only when it comes to the craft of our music, but nothing outside our music or something petty.”
We’re happy to hear that Diamond’s getting along with her co-stars, since she apparently hasn’t gotten along with others in the past. Recently the rapper opened up about her past relationship with Lil Scrappy and revealed that there were moments of violence. Lil Scrappy has since commented on the claims, with mother Momma Dee and baby mama Erica Dixon also refuting the claims. However, Diamond’s not bothered by it all.
“A lot of people told me it was time for me to speak out. The streets know, I have people who were living in my house that I’m close with who know what was going on. I have no reason to lie,” she told us. "What could I gain from lying about something? How is that going to make me look in a better light?”
The entertainer then went on to say that despite the rebuttal she’s received, fans “should see it as a message that I could learn from my mistakes. And my whole message is, never ever dim your light. Be who you are. Don’t dim your light for anybody.”
“I was in a relationship where I dimmed my light," she continued. "And I wasn’t reaching to my full potential because I was with someone who was unsure of who they were and was fighting with demons and dealing with drama with their family, and I’m steady, trying to be a down chick trying to hold them down, getting lost in the fall."
She added that iin relationships, partners are “supposed to bring you up, not bring you down. And people know, and the streets know.”
But it appears that Diamond totally learned from her mistakes, as she moved on to new love with rapper Soulja Boy. And while the twosome are no longer together, she did dish that the “Crank That” rapper (who is rumored to be a part of the Love & Hip Hop L.A. cast) will be making an appearance on the show, too!
“You guys are going to have to watch,” she said of what comes next on the show. But from the previews alone, it looks like these two just might rekindle their flame and — who knows — maybe inspire a little cross-show promotion, since Diamond does have a spot in L.A.
However, the rapper told us that she’s currently in New York doing the finishing touches on her album, which fans can expect to show a more vulnerable side to her, touching on more adult topics and “owning” herself as a woman and sex symbol.
Interested to see how Diamond handles is all? Tune in to Sisterhood of Hip Hop, which premieres tonight, Tuesday, August 12, at 9 p.m. ET on Oxygen.
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