As promised we’re delivering the tea DJ Traci Steele spilled. The night after her debut on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta Traci was incredibly excited and bubbly, but she will get buck, quickly, at the mention of Babey Drew’s groupies.
Traci may give Joseline and K.Michelle a run for their money this season with the best quotables. “Microwavable b*tches” has already caught on. If you asked yourself why she cares so much about Babey Drew’s women, she has an answer. On whether or not she got with her ex because he’s Chris Brown’s DJ she has a few choice words. And on K.Michelle calling her an opportunist, she has a response for that too. Get to know Traci a bit more through this one-on-one interview.
VH1: How was it watching yourself on TV for the first time?
Traci Steele: It was exciting, and it was fun to see myself. It was awesome.
VH1: What made you join the show since you’re already an established DJ in Atlanta?
Traci: There’s a couple of reasons, but the biggest reason is exposure. I thought it’d be not only great exposure for myself as a DJ, but for Drew as a DJ, as well as I thought our story was relatable and that other people could see us and say, “Yeah, that reminds me of me.”
VH1: You had Twitter talking with your “microwavable b*tches” comment. Where did you come up with that term?
Traci: You know it was through the years of dealing with the groupies and having to see them in and out all the time. I just coined the term microwavable. I call them popcorn h*s and microwavable h*s because that’s how fast they come. You microwave food and it’s done in two minutes, that’s how fast these h*s are done.
VH1: You haven’t been with Drew in over six years, so why do you care so much about his groupies? Are you still in love with him?
Traci: No! [laughs] At the end of the day I care about my son and his well being. And if I feel like his father is doing things my son can learn from and take from that I’m not happy with, I’m gonna say it. I’m going to bring it up, I’m going to mention it. I’m a very vocal person, I don’t keep anything on my mind to myself. My concern is always my son. Who Big Drew deals with is not my concern. If there’s constantly a rotation of women that is my concern because my son learns from what he sees not only what he hears.
VH1: Outside of the groupies how are Drew’s parenting skills?
Traci: We’re like the best of friends, but we do come into situations like the groupies and other things that happen in the industry like him touring all the time and that does affect our friendship, but we try to co-parent as best as we can and we want to show our son that we can be friends and be cordial.
VH1: How was it when you guys were dating as far as working in the same industry?
Traci: Well, my success didn’t come until after him. I was a DJ when I was with him, but I was unknown. And when Drew and I separated that’s when I started going hard because I wanted to show him what he was missing out on—a woman who was determined, who was driven, who can take care of home and still work. Then my passion for DJing turned into my love, so everything that’s happened to me career wise happened after Drew and I separated. But he was a good reason for why it happened because I wanted to go so hard at that point.
VH1: Was it your idea or his for you two to join the show?
Traci: It was all me. At the time I was dating a NFL player and I went to him and asked if he’d be part of the show with me and he said yes. By the time they casted me we weren’t together anymore. So I felt like I needed that drama and Big Drew has definitely been that drama in my life. I called him literally the day before we went to cast and said, “Be open minded. Please do this with me and come with me to the casting.” And I was nervous about asking him because I didn’t think he’d want to put our lives out there, but he was totally down.
VH1: Do you think with him doing the show he can give you the stability you want for him to be around more for your son?
Traci: That is exactly what I want. I want him to stay home more and be more of a father figure. I understand that him touring is what makes him money, but at the end of the day a son needs a father. So I’m hoping and praying that this show will build him up to the point he can make the money he needs to make and still run his business here in ATL.
VH1: Speaking of businesses, he asked for 25,000 dollars to invest in his shoe boutique. Girl, are you going to give him that money?
Traci: [laughs] You have to watch to find out.
VH1: But the fact that you’re even considering it seeing as how you two aren’t together…
Traci: That is a huge investment. And if I do or do not invest in this store, my whole focus is my son. What will benefit him? If I invest in the store will it benefit him or will it cause problems, and that’s the dilemma I have.
VH1: If you didn’t have to worry about groupies directly benefitting from your investment do you think you’d be more willing to do it?
Traci: Yes. [laughs]. Absolutely. My experience in dealing with Drew… I’ve seen with my own eyes me trying to help him and someone else benefitting from it and I’m not standing for that anymore. He has to show and prove that things are going to change.
VH1: In an upcoming episode we’ll see you get feisty with one of his women. Why do you think they approach you?
Traci: I blame him, honey. He puts these stupid b*tches on a pedestal and makes them believe that they actually have some say so and they actually have an opinion. B*tch, no. The only thing you open your mouth for is to suck a d—. You don’t do nothing else. You do not have an opinion when it comes to me or my family. So that’s where another problem comes in. Big Drew don’t know how to tell these h*s you just a h*. You stand over in the corner, you say nothing.
VH1: That got you worked up last night when Drew defended the last chick he dated saying she was a nice school teacher.
Traci: He does not see until these h*s screw him over. This is not the first time that these groupie h*s have shown that they’re groupies. And they can be school teachers, they can be nurses and they could be working at McDonalds. A groupie is a groupie. Period. But he thinks, oh she’s a teacher she can’t be a groupie. B*tch please.
VH1: That aside, do you think you could be with him again if the groupies were not an issue?
Traci: You just have to see.
VH1: Ok. Last night you told Drew the least he could do is find someone who has six jobs like you. Do you really have six jobs?
Traci: I do actually. I have a lot of businesses that run themselves. I own houses. I’m a landlord. Then I have a couple of other businesses. I have incomes coming in from different directions. And the reason I said that is he always finds a chick that don’t aspire to nothing. And I’m over here busting my ass building an empire for my family and you’re messing with chicks who don’t even know how to spell empire.
VH1: Are you dating now?
Traci: You’ll see on the show. [laughs]
VH1: You are not spilling any tea today.
Traci: [laughs] Nope. At the end of the day Drew is still my friend. I still care about him, I don’t want to be with him. Who knows? My mind might change later on throughout the season, but for right now, in episode two, I don’t want to be with him. But I want to see him do better. He’s always coming back to me about something. If he needs advice he comes to me. If he needs money he comes to me. But if he would find himself a grown woman who got herself together, who got 5-6 jobs, kidding, but who holds things down, he wouldn’t always have to come to me. People are so concerned with, why I care so much. Trust me my phone rings daily because he got something he needs advice or help with.
VH1: What do you think about the other women on the show?
Traci: Right now I have women that I adore and I think they’re awesome and I think they’re crazy, like Joseline. I think Joseline is crazy, but I love her. She says what’s on her mind, she don’t care what nobody thinks, and I think more people need to be like that. Stop worrying about what other people [are] saying about you and just worry about you. To me Mimi is like grown. She’s a grown a– woman. I think Erica and I have a lot in common in terms of us being moms, raising our kids in the music industry. I have some people I love and there’s some people I can’t freaking stand.
VH1: K.Michelle wasn’t mentioned as someone you love so is there a problem there?
Traci: I don’t have a problem with anybody. People say things about me and they don’t know me. I just fall back and let things unfold as they may. Sometimes I don’t understand why people talk so much s— if you don’t know me, but hey at least you talking about me. I ain’t mad. Please keep putting my name in your mouth. Let everybody know who I am.
VH1: What was up with K.Michelle calling you an opportunist?
Traci: It baffles me because I’m doing the same thing you were doing, boo. What’s the difference between you and I, honey pie. But I let you live. I’m not even sure she knows what an opportunist is. You so far into Wikipedia, look that s— up. Opportunists, they benefit off of other people and they do things maliciously just to gain. I don’t gain from other people. I got on this show to build my family. I’m not hurting anyone in the process and I’m building a brand and I’m building an empire. That’s the same thing you doing, so I mean opportunist, it take one to know one.
VH1: What do you think is the difference between Love and Hip Hop New York and Love and Hip Hop Atlanta?
Traci: I think Atlanta is turnt up times 10. I watched New York and I love New York, that’s where I’m from. It had its drama filled moments, but I think Love and Hip Hop Atlanta is taking it to another level with its crazy ad turntupness. Is that a word? I just made it one. [laughs]
VH1: Are you concerned about your image seeing as how you’re a business woman and respected DJ?
Traci: People are going to say whatever they want to say. No matter what people say about how I act I still run my business and I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. So I’m not concerned about my image. Everybody has a little bit of turnt up inside of them they just don’t show it. I’m showing you. I’m letting you know that when it comes to my son I’mma go to the next level like any parent. There is one thing I want to say. I’ve seen people on social media saying I got with Drew because he’s Chris Brown’s DJ. No, boo boo. I was with him before Chris honey. I was with him when he had zero dollars and I helped him pay off all his bills so he could get himself on his feet ’cause whoever I’m with is gon’ be on my level. Then he got with Chris and lost his everlasting mind and forgot who held him down at the beginning. Sadly enough whose still holding him down now. But trust, if I ain’t have no kid with him I wouldn’t even know who DJ Babey Drew is.
VH1: I’m glad you brought that up.
Traci: Let’s be real honest, [as far as] networth I’m worth more than he is. BAM! He’s far from broke, neither am I. I own my properties and businesses, [which] altogether is worth more than he is. Period. And he knows it.
VH1: And that’s why he’s asking you for 25 stacks.
VH1: You seem so personable, bubbly and funny. What do you want people to take away from seeing you on the show?
Traci: I want people to take positives from the show. The whole show is not about ratchetness and negativity. There are positive moments in there. Look for ‘em! Stop feeding off the negative. Stop trying to aim at people and degrade people and bring them down and insult them. Only miserable people do miserable things. Try to be positive. You like something, you see something you like, comment on that. You give positivity you get positivity.