Tahiry must’ve given herself a pep talk before the Love and Hip Hop reunion that she was not there for any drama. Crazy, sexy, cool was her M.O. Even during the quick moment backstage she popped Consequence in the face she never once yelled or lost her demeanor. In her dressing room she was all laughs with her homegirl Rashidah. Tahiry is too busy doing her to worry about the foolishness. As far as she and Joe are concerned, well…read on.
VH1: Let’s start with the music. What’s up with “Devil?”
Tahiry: The single is out on iTunes now. The video was just released yesterday. I’m really happy, really proud. It’s going very well. I’m about to gear up for the second record. Due to filming I’ve been traveling.
VH1: What was it like starring in your own video opposed to being in other people’s video?
Tahiry: I’m always a little pumped so I was nervous, which is always a great sign because I dream big. I can be kind of scared at times. I just jump out the window and do whatever my heart desires, but it was an amazing experience. I had to make all the decisions and it was just surreal, like this was my video. I didn’t really think five years ago I’d be the star of my own stuff.
VH1: Is the music something you wanted to do before the show?
Tahiry: Music was something I was doing before the show, before I even signed a contract. I wanted to express myself. Me sitting down with the writers and just discussing life and also watching myself get better as time went by. So the first day I walked into that booth I was like “Sh–!” I came out with a new found respect for artist. All you see is the lifestyle, the money, the girls, the traveling, but you don’t see the work. I just kept going back and getting better. So with that I fell in love with the process.
VH1: So what’s up with you and Joe?
Tahiry: What is up with Joe and I?
VH1: Yes, the real!
Tahiry: Well right now we’re taking it a day at a time. It’s kind of like we’re meeting each other all over again. We’re chilling. We tied up in a little box [with] everything that happened in the past and sent it away; and now we’re like kind of reintroducing ourselves.
VH1: The last time you came into the VH1 office you slipped up and said Joe had been stopping by. What is up with him and Kaylin?
Tahiry: I don’t know what’s up with Joey and Kaylin. I did hear that he… well I didn’t hear… we try not to speak… I have to respect… Even in certain conversations when you ask certain things I have to respect that that’s their relationship and that’s their business. I know what I need to know which is that they’re not together any longer. But Joey’s been stopping by no matter what relationship he’s in, he just pops up. It never changes.
VH1: Do you regret mushing Kaylin?
Tahiry: See what had happened was… I’m not proud of the way I act sometimes, but it’s a reaction. If you’re in my space I’m going to protect myself. All I saw was hair and somebody running after me out the corner of my eye.
VH1: A lot of people felt bad for Kaylin.
Tahiry: Y’all could eat that sh– if you want. All this damsel in distress bulls—. Because I have a big mouth and I’m loud all of a sudden I’m the aggressor? See I don’t like that sh–. She ain’t that innocent when she doing them threesomes with a d— in her mouth.
VH1: So she was running up to you?
Tahiry: No she was running, you can see the run. You did see me when I turned back and snuffed. But she was coming, so you’re coming I have my back towards you, I turn around and your right here, that’s what’s going to happen. I was wrong for reacting, but was I going to allow somebody to grab me from the back? No.
VH1: Do you have an issue with her still?
Tahiry: No I don’t have an issue with her, and I didn’t have an issue before then. I didn’t have an issue after it happened because she came out of pocket, and like I said, if you’re in my space I’m going to react. I’m human. Am I proud of me exuding violence or whatever it is on TV? Absolutely not. But chances are in real life you roll up on me like that and we just had a heated argument, I’m going to defend myself. I’m small. [laughs]
VH1: What do you think about Joey’s reaction to the whole situation?
Tahiry: Well, again, Joey see’s what happened. As a man he was supposed to just tell Kaylin chill out, Tahiry chill out and control the situation and never let it get that far. He didn’t. and then after I snuffed his girlfriend by mistake he comes running after me again. But that’s expected.