Checking a twitter DM sometimes gives me a rush, especially when it’s one that says “I have Lil Mo here in Atlanta, and we want you to sit down with her…”. My heart started racing BEcause I’ve BEen a huge Lil Mo fan since “5 Minutes” and “Ta Da”, so I quickly replied to the direct message and got things set up.
I walked into Mo’s hotel room, where she was getting her hair laid out by Terrance Davidson (Nicki Minaj’s Hairstylist) for his Tranz4merz Hair Battle. Mo was set to hit the stage in less than 15 minutes, and was fitting me in for the cover story BEfore the rest of the press got to her on the red carpet. I initially sat there tweeting about sitting in 2 legends presence, until I heard “Um, are you gon get these questions going, I’ve got the kids downstairs waiting for me…” I smiled to myself, BEcause who BEtter to get a quick check from than Lil Mo? That set the tone for the rest of the interview which was absolutely spicy.
I AM DEFINITELY SITTING HERE WITH A STAR, SOMEONE I GREW UP TO LISTENING TO & ADMIRING…
[Mo Interrupts] D@mn, why you say it like that? [laughs] You make it seem like I’m old. You listened to me when you were growing up…I ain’t that old.
OH, NOT LIKE THAT! I JUST TURNED A YEAR YOUNGER ON JUNE 11TH, SO I’M WITH YOU ON NOT BEING THAT OLD [LAUGHS]
Well happy BElated Birthday!
HOW OLD YOU THINK I JUST TURNED?
I’d say 22. Everybody that says they listened to me growing up claims they were like 11 when they start listening to my music.
YOU’RE FAR TOO KIND, BUT I’LL TAKE THAT 22. EITHER WAY “TA DA” WAS MY JOINT! LOL
Wow, you were pretty young listening then huh? LOL It’s all good. I appreciate the support.
I’M SITTING HERE WITH LIL MO!!! WOW! WHAT’S HAPPENING?
I’m getting my hair did, face did, everything did. I’m here for the Hair Battle. Terrance called me & I was in BEd, but anytime Terrance calls me, I’m there and ready.
I KNOW YOU HAVE BIG THINGS GOING ON FROM RECENTLY HAVING THE LIL MO SHOW TO GETTING BACK IN THE STUDIO RECORDING NEW MATERIAL. WHAT’S POPPIN?
I’ve transitioned through music to radio to fragrances to motherhood, just everything within touch, even if it doesn’t seem reachable, I’m going for it. I’ve always BEen a go-getter, but I do realize with the industry that if you put all your eggs in too many baskets, some are bound to crack. Since I’ve BEen in the game a little bit, I knew how to work my way through the industry and then bring myself back. So I did radio, I’m not doing radio anymore, but it was a great platform to start on. Now I have my new album P.S. I love Me… that should BE coming Lord willing in the next couple of weeks. I also have 5 different fragrances. I have P.S. I Love Me, P.S. I Love You, Godmother, God Is Love, & Heaven. The P.S. I Love You is not to BE confused with the Victoria Secret P.S. I Love You. This is the Lil Mo P.S. I Love You which coincides with the free mixtape that’s available on http://TheLilMoShow.com . So there’s just a lot going on.
WORKING, I SEE!
I know that’s right. Some people aren’t working a lot, they’re hardly working.
I FEEL THAT. SO I’VE GOT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING ALBUM; WHAT KIND OF FEEL IS IT GOING TO HAVE?
This feel is basically…for my four year hiatus, I pretty much sat back and gauged the industry about where do I fit in. A lot of people say that I’m underrated, but I’d rather BE underrated & under appreciated, yet unstoppable. If you realize that anything I’ve done, I’ve always set trends. Back then people weren’t rocking all of the different hair colors I was rocking, all of the tattoos, church squalling over R&B and Hip Hop tracks. I realized that created my own lane. So I’m bringing back that lane with a lot more singing. The songs are a lot more about love, so there isn’t all that male bashing. It’s not just so geared towards the girls so the guys say you just left us out. No stone will BE left unturned with this album. I’m giving you the BEst of me; this is the BEst singing I’ve ever done in my life. As far as features, I’ve got Tweet…yup, the hummingbird for the title cut called “I Love Me”. I called Maino & we did a song together. The single I have out now on iTunes features Fat man Scoop, it’s called “On the Floor” that’s a nice ugh, dip, drop, song for the KIDS, yessssssssss. I got PJ Morton, and I basically kept the rest in house with my Honey Child Productions. The album is all about loving me; a lot of people don’t realize how much you have to love yourself BEfore you can expect other people to love you or accept that other people love you.
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE ALBUM?
It’s bringing back feel good music. Make you feel good, somebody gon’ get pregnant, somebody gon break up, but at the end of the day, we’re all going to hold hands and do wave like you do in church…wave & worship.
TALK TO ME ABOUT BEING A MOTHER. HOW BREATHTAKING IS THAT?
Breathtaking…can you see I’m hardly breathing. I tell my son that…I BE like Justin, can you let me breathe & he says no. My kids don’t hardly let me breathe, but I love it. I was just telling the make-up artist Day (who also does Nicki Minaj’s makeup), had it not BEen for them saying “mommy, well if you’re so famous, then why can’t you take us to see Lady Gaga or Justin BieBEr?” I’m gonna get back freaking famous just for you guys [her kids] so I can show you what I do. [laughs] It’s just basically, motherhood is the greatest gift that GOD has ever given me & with that I get so many different things. From that you get the artist, the different personalities, BEcause if my kids were here right now, this interview would not BE going on. My kids are a walking reality show & we’re working on that as well. It’s 3 of them; 2 girls and 1 boy & they all are a different part of me. It drives me insane, but it’s the BEst thing ever.
I WISH Y’ALL COULD SEE THE WAY HER FACE LIT UP WHEN SHE STARTED TALKING ABOUT HER KIDS!
They are just hilarious! Just the things they do & seeing them grow. That’s another reason I had to take a break from the industry. I didn’t want to miss a thing. With Heaven, she was on the road with me . She’ll BE 9 in August, so just to think of how many people BEen rocking with me from then until now. Like you said you like “Ta Da”, well that song is older than her. “Superwoman” is older than her. “Hot Boys is older than her. “Forever” is older than Goddess, and everything else is older than Justin, so to show my kids each album that I make, they think it’s really cool.
We met years ago. He did my hair at the Cutting Edge Studio, he did my sew in, and I was like I want him to do my hair. He hooked me up right BEfore I was about to go in the booth. We just kept in touch. We’re more friends than business anyway. At the end of the day, if he never touches this scalp again, we still talk; I gotta key to his house. We’re like family & certain things I feel are just meant to BE. Our spirits connected and he’s my heart. I met him mad years ago, and we’re still going; never had any problems. He always knows that he can call & I’m there…it’s not a problem. You don’t find that a lot in the industry, there’s so many fake people. If I light a match, there’s BE so many people that’d melt; he’d BE the one to withstand the heat. Heyyyyy!
Lil Mo is busy prepping for P.S. I Love Me (making those deadlines), but hopes to have the material out for her fans in a few weeks. Until then you can follow Mo on Twitter @TheLilMoShow and check out http://TheLilMoShow.com for updates. You can also get her new single “On the Floor” on iTunes.