Tami Roman is a fascinating specimen. Seventeen years ago, she was part of the second season of the first modern reality show, MTV’s The Real World. With the second season of Basketball Wives (premiering Sunday, December 12 at 8/9c), she returns to the genre that launched her career. If ever there were a person to examine the effects that appearing on reality TV has on one’s psyche and life, surely it is Tami. However, since I’m no psychologist, the primary effect I’m concerned with is that her time on reality TV didn’t stop her from coming back for more. Above, we talk about The Real World: Los Angeles, on which she was a pioneer for a concept that would be come to known as “over-sharing” — the complete and utter soul-bearing that non-celebrities do as a matter of course on the Internet and reality TV alike (the show famously documented Tami’s abortion). We also talk about the difference between filming reality TV in the early ’90s versus now.
And, for those who followed Tami as closely as I did 17 years ago, there’s a bonus clip under the jump that hearkens back to those days…
There was a really famous scene that played in Real World: Los Angeles episode previews, commercials and a few times throughout the actual season, in which Tami rapped (while recording with her amazingly named R&B girl group, Reality). The lines “I’m a slave, I’m a slave, I’m a slave for your lovin’ / I can’t resist the fever of your kissin’ and your huggin'” will forever be burned in my brain, and now they can be in yours, too: I asked Tami for a rendition of the rap and she graciously obliged below.
Seventeen years later, she’s still got it (and this goes for her time on Basketball Wives, too, which is nothing short of spectacular).