Kalenna Harper has clearly become the breakout fan favorite of this season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. From her openness about her relationship with bestie Ashley and her honesty in the studio with Rasheeda, viewers seem to respond to Kalenna’s unbridled sense of self and love her for it! We caught up with Kalenna to get the scoop on her marriage, what she really thinks of her cast mates’ music, what Diddy had to say about the show and why Tony’s finger looks like that.
Well, first of all, I gotta say, we are loving your new single “Murder” in the office. It’s legit. I have to ask, what’s it been like making the transition from singer to reality star
Kalenna: When I did “Murder” it was just like, let’s just talk about when I met Tony and those feelings that people are afraid to talk about. You know love and hip hop is really my life. I love my “husbandger,” my best friend, my partner in crime but I also love the music and it’s just about finding that balance. So I’m just talking about me and my sappy love stories and I hope that people can relate.
Has it been difficult to live your relationship out on TV?
Kalenna: The power of TV! It’s totally different than having a great record or doing a great show. For our relationship, it’s brought us closer together. I’m not going to say we’re better lovers but we’re better friends. We can talk about things we didn’t know about each other before.
What has been the reaction to people seeing your relationship opened up to Ashley?
Kalenna: My mom hates it. [Laughs] She’s like, ‘Oh my God, you have to tell everybody that you’re gay?’ I’m like, ‘Mom, first of all, they just need to legalize gay marriage right now. And I’m not gay. I’m heavily bi-curious at this point. What difference does it make, mom? I’m married and we’ve tried some stuff out.’
For the majority of people [watching] it’s been a breath of fresh air that people are being honest about their relationship. I believe that if the physical and sexual parts of a relationship aren’t working? I don’t know if it’s going to work.
Have you heard at all from your former mentor Diddy about the show?
Kalenna: Me and Puff talk pretty often and he still gives me some advice. I asked if he watched the show, I said, ‘Did you watch Love & Hip Hop, Puff? What did you think?’ And he said, ‘You cool.’ That coming from Puff could go either way. Cool like not hot enough or cool, like you can f*** with me cool. [Laughs] It’s his favorite show.
It seems like people are really taken with how real you are on the show, so, I’m curious to get your opinion about some of your cast mates’ music. Like Joseline and….
Kalenna: [Laughs] I think Joseline is horrible. I think her music is absolutely horrible. If I was a music executive and she came into my office, she’d be eye candy but I’d have to do so much work just to make sure that she was on beat.
I’m just confused why you take a Latin artist and put her in a club with hip hop artists. No one’s speaking Spanish. When I first saw Joseline, I was like, ‘Oh my god, she’s a star.’ She’s all the things that Miss Rihanna is. Now if she had Rihanna’s music she’d be outta here. She could go to Puerto Rico and kill ‘em but she was trying to do that s*** in Montana. I’m like, what?
What do you think about Rasheeda’s music?
Kalenna: That’s my baby. We are really, really cool, and I’ve done records with Rasheeda, “Pack Ya Bags.” I was 17 or 18 at the time. When I gave her the idea of “Love Lock Down” I wanted to give her something she was not used to. It was different. It was slower, a different flow. It was now. It wasn’t a time warp. But no shade ,that’s my girl.
I love Rasheeda’s grind. It’s definitely something to mimic but sometimes we can get lost in this motion of what we have been doing but sometimes we need to be like, ‘Okay, honey this isn’t working. Nicki Minaj’s album? Iggy Azalea’s album? We have to do something different. These young kids are growing up and being smarter, faster. We can’t be doing “Legs To The Moon.”
I love how honest you were with her about her music, especially “Legs To The Moon.”
Kalenna: I didn’t like it. I really didn’t. I know in the music industry, I want to continue to push the envelope and I’m going to continue to set a standard. The music has to be great and that’s one thing I learned from Puff and no one can tell me different, whether it’s Rasheeda, Benzino, Stevie J. I don’t care how many Grammys you have.
Speaking of Stevie, do you think he has another hit in him? Do you think he’s really helping shape Joseline as an artist?
Kalenna: Mmmmm. [Laughs] Mmmmm. I don’t see her for that. I think Joseline is a great carriage for reality TV and he knows that. Do I feel like he could make another hit? Yes, of course, if he and I were to get in the studio we would murder because I’m musical.
So you would collaborate with Stevie on a record in the future?
Kalenna: For sure, most definitely, he’s still brilliant. We would kill.
I’ve loved watching the evolution of your friendship with Karlie Redd…
Kalenna: I’m not gonna lie. I f***ed around. I had heard stuff. I thought Karlie was a water baby. [Laughs]
What exactly is a water baby, Kalenna?
Kalenna: You remember those dolls you fill with water from Toys R’ Us back in the day? I thought, maybe she’s someone who’s filled up with some fictitious s***. She can’t be human but I come to find that she’s a real live “baby.” She eats baby food and has a plan. [Laughs]
She’s a sweet girl but as far as her music? Karlie’s been in this for a while and Joc gave her a record and that record’s nice. That “Heartbreaker” record is nice. I’m not gonna lie. I heard it and I was like, ‘Yo Karlie, I think you got one!’ I don’t know if this is her last one but she has one.
Kalenna, I could talk to you for hours but I have to ask, one last question: what’s up with your husband’s fingernail? You know social media has been going in on him?
Kalenna: I was waiting for someone to ask me that! Tony Vick is from Boston and he was a baby that grew up in the hood. They had really heavy doors in the [projects] not like these new beautiful buildings they have in the new housing projects. And he was, I think, 2-years-old and his finger got slammed in that door and cut off. And so God left him with just enough for me to fall in love with because I’m in love with weird s*** like that. When I finally noticed it, I was like, ‘Hell yeah, I got myself a warrior!’ [Laughs] I love a man with scars.
Tune in tonight to a special Thursday night episode of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta at 8 PM ET/PT and see what Kalenna gets into next