Real’s elimination on this week’s I Love New York may have been the most shocking one yet. After the jump, Real talks to us about his passion for Arabian horses, what it was like to compete with his brother Chance and he reflects on breaking down in front of millions of viewers.
How was your time on the show?
I had a hell of a time. It’s weird because the show ends up becoming your life for those three, four, five weeks you’re on it. It’s one of the best experiences I ever had.
Your elimination was really emotional. Were you surprised at all at your own reaction?
Kind of. The weird part about it was that I kinda knew I was getting eliminated two or three days before. Just because I had the feeling. I don’t know if it was all the thinking that led up to it, but regardless of what it was, it was very emotional. I was probably crying out there for a good five to seven minutes. They only showed a little bit.
Where did the tears come from? Genuine affection for New York? Leaving your brother? Leaving the competition?
I think it was the fact that I came there with my brother and I felt like I was leaving him there. You get attached to New York and the house. That becomes your world and then it’s like, "OK, I have to leave." Those two things, mainly.
Did you have any resentment over being eliminated?
Nah, I just wanted what was best for Tiffany. It wasn’t even about me. She made her choice and I guess she thought those were the two better men for her.
You mentioned that on the show, that you thought your brother was the better man for her at that point.
I think he was the better man for her, period. I think he’s more of what she’s looking for. My brother’s wild and rebellious and stuff and she’s wild and rebellious, too. I just think that she was really attracted to that, and I’m not about to change who I am. I’m me.
It seemed like at first, you were going to be more competitive with your brother than what panned out.
Yeah, and then I saw how ugly it can get and I knew that I couldn’t do it. I can’t fight my brother over a woman, especially when my mom got involved and she started crying. We did that before, when we were younger and I thought, "I can’t do this again."
Are you generally unafraid to cry? You seemed really open in that respect.
I don’t think one should be a crybaby. I don’t go around crying . That was the first time I cried in years. I’m talkin’ ’bout years. I think it’s good for a person to express themselves. Sometimes if you bottle that stuff up, it might come out the wrong way. So I think it’s good to be that way, I think it’s cool to be able to show your emotions.
New York said you might be a little too sensitive for her.
Nah. I’m not too sensitive for her. I think she thinks I’m too serious for her. I wanted something serious and I still do. She wants…she still wants to play .
Looking back on it, were you really falling in love with her?
I don’t know. I’m not too sure if it was the moment or being in the house or what it was. But I definitely had feelings for her. Every guy in that house started getting feelings for her.
Did you go into it thinking you would?
Nope. Naw, man. I didn’t think in a million years I would or I could. But I did.
Tango suggested on the show that you were there primarily to promote your rap group, Stallionaires.
When I heard him say that, I couldn’t believe it. That was a straight-up lie because we never mentioned our music, not one single time when we were in that house. And we weren’t even hanging around Tango. We were hanging around Whiteboy most of the time and 12 Pack. Never, ever brought up the music. That’s a bold-faced lie. He’s just mad because he’s not a good rapper. If you go to his MySpace, you can hear his music. It’s horrible.
But there wasn’t even thought put into it like, "Oh, this will give us exposure and help us launch our careers later?"
Naw. When we did the show, we were signed to a record deal and we kept saying that we didn’t want to do the show because we thought it might ruin our career. We thought people would be saying, "Here come some reality stars trying to do an album." We fought with Sony, who we were signed to at the time, about that. Eventually, we just decided to do it. We thought it would be a good experience because we were filming our own reality show prior to that.
What’s up with that show?
We kinda just stopped. We completed three episodes and had a goal of six. It was gonna get picked up by HBO, but there was just too much crap going on behind it. My uncle was the one paying for it. But it was too many egos, and too many people getting in the way of the show picked up.
What was the premise?
It was like Fresh Prince meets Sanford and Son. My uncle is like Red Foxx. Literally, no joke.
You were raised around horses. That must have been interesting.
It was interesting. If it weren’t for the horses , we probably wouldn’t be doing music. Through the horses, we met Paulinho Da Costa, who’s Michael Jackson’s percussionist, and he just helped us take it to another level. The Arabian horses opened up a whole new world to us. But yeah, we grew up around them our whole lives. We showed them, we rode them. I’ve been knocked off, sat on, the whole 9. They’re actually doing a cover story on us in the new Arabian Horse Times magazine, which is the biggest horse magazine in the world.
You exposed a lot of people to Arabian horses.
People know about race horses, but people don’t know about the Arabian-horse world. If you go to the Middle East, they don’t raise thoroughbreds over three, they raise Arabians. And the stakes over there are like twice as much money as they are over here. The most expensive Arabian was over $12 million. There’s tons of money involved in the Arabian horse world, and people don’t even know. Sad to say, especially black people. We’ve been trying to get more black people involved. My dad was one of the very first black men to show Arabian horses. He got tomatoes thrown at him and everything. It was a really bad experience for him but he kept doing it and it paid off for him. And now it’s paying off for us, too. But our generation doesn’t seem to be that passionate about it and so me and my brothers and some other guys want to carry that legacy on and expose it to our generation and the younger generation so that it goes on.
What’s up with the Stallionaires now? Are you signed?
No. It’s funny because a lot of people have been coming our way. We’re actually negotiating with three different record labels right now. The show did give us a lot of leverage, but like I said, we didn’t go into it for that. The music is ultimately speaking for itself.
And is the music the next big project you have coming up?
I mean, we’re working on a lot of stuff. Three things we’ve been working on is a clothing line, our music and doing some more TV stuff. We got offered a freakin’ movie deal, but I can’t say who with. It’s a big-time producer that you’d know, but I have to keep that part confidential.
How do you feel about the way you were portrayed on the show? Are you happy with it?
Heck yeah. That was me. Straight-up me, dude.
So Real is, indeed, real?
Keep up with Real and the Stallionaires by visiting his MySpace.