This week I was finally able to catch up to the infamous and incredibly talented Stevie J known from VH1's Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and Leave it to Stevie. Noticing he wasn't the same upbeat man with enough energy for a marching band, I immediately asked Stevie if he was OK and like a proud father, he sighed and said, "Bonnie Bella kept me up all night." Bonnie Bella is the child Stevie recently had with fellow Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star Joseline Hernandez. I laughed as I teased Stevie by telling him I recall those days of sleepless nights with a newborn crying baby. This shared moment about one of life's most precious jobs seemed to break open the doors and the charismatic Stevie J that we've all grown to love, hate, cheer for, and shake our heads at emerged just like I knew he would.
Stevie and I began to talk about Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, the show that placed him back in the public eye after being gone and sorely missed by generation X; the generation, my generation, who grew up listening to songs and artists who dominated the airwaves in the 90’s. Artists like the Notorious B.I.G, Jodeci, Faith Evans, Eve, and Mariah Carey to name a few. We laughed as we wondered if millenials truly understand that Stevie J didn’t just happen, he’s been here for years. He confirmed his longevity by reminiscing about his memories of growing up in Rochester New York mesmerized by his uncle who was in a singing group. “I watched those guys practice every day. I would imitate them. I thought they were amazing and whatever instruments they picked up, I picked up too and taught myself how to play. The guitar is actually my favorite instrument.”
Stilling reeling from a recent VH1 biopic, I asked Stevie J about the rumors of a Jodeci biopic and surprisingly he confirmed and stated if television executives called him to be in the movie, he’d “be there quickly.” What most people don’t know is the legendary R&B group Jodeci was Stevie’s first introduction to the celebrity world of music. After being kicked out of his high school, Stevie J and his brothers were performing at a local fashion show. After winning, K-Ci, JoJo and Mr. Dalvin, three-fourths of the group Jodeci approached Stevie J telling him they were very impressed with his beats. When they found out Stevie created those beats, the rest was history; Stevie became very instrumental in Jodeci’s albums: The Show and The After Party The Hotel album. “I stayed with them for a year and a half. Then I met Puff.”
Stevie and I approached twenty minutes into our conversation before I eased into his tumultuous love life. Over the past few years, ladies watched the television screen with one eye open and the other staring questionably at their man as we witnessed Stevie run through women’s hearts and panties as if it were the Olympic Trials at the health clinic. “I’m not just a hitman in music. I’m a hitman with the ladies too.” I asked him how Joseline, Mimi, and Faith Evans are doing since it seems as if they will forever be a part of his life; especially Mimi, one of his daughter’s mother’s who also stars on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. “Joseline is doing her thang. Her career is growing. We have a baby together. I’m proud of her. I’ll always love her. Now Faith...that’s my best friend. I’ve known her for so long and only want the best for her. Mimi, I’ve known her for a long time too. She’s the one woman I trust more than anyone.” Feeling his heart soften a bit, I wondered if he would ever marry Mimi. “Hold up now, I’m still working on Stevie J.”
Knowing Stevie was in the middle of filming, I thought it would be best to end the enterview but he shut that idea down quickly, “Nah, let’s finish talking.” I was cool with that. If he wanted to talk, I was gonna be there to listen. We continued to chat about his physique and I asked him what made him start focusing on his body.because it's evident that he's working out. “Bottom line, I want to be around for my kids.”
I had a great time talking with Stevie J and after 35 minutes, we decided to go our separate ways. I wished him continued success and with the bright smile we have all come to love, hate, cheer for, and shake our heads at, Stevie J told me he had a great time, wished me the same and told me to "tune-in to the upcoming season of Love and Hip Atlanta premiering on VH1 on March 6th." He also promised to share his upcoming album with Sanya On-Air. I’m here for it!