On Tuesday, rumors flew all around the web and the twitterverse that incarcerated rapper Remy Ma (pictured) passed away in prison. The famed hip-hop MC was supposed to have been stabbed to death in her prison cell, with even her Wikipedia page at one point having an entry about her death. According to MTV News, though, the reports are false.
To refute her death claims, the 31-year-old performer spoke to Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex. “I heard I was dead and all types of craziness. People are crazy. They have nothing to do with their lives sometimes and they just say things and it gets out of control and other people say it and I don’t know,” she responded.
“I just know they were looking for me crazy all throughout the prison and I was happy I wasn’t out-of-pocket,” said Remy.
Watch Remy Ma’s “Conceited” here:
Remy, who is a former member of Fat Joe’s Terror Squad crew and one of seven female rappers to ever have a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was involved in a shooting back in 2007 that put the kabosh on her successful recording career.
On July 13, 2007, Remy, whose actual name is Reminisce Smith, was reportedly hanging out with a group of friends outside a Manhattan eatery. A fight broke out and a bullet struck the torso of Makeda Barnes-Joseph, who had been accused of robbing Remy of thousands of dollars. The injured woman identified Remy as the one who pulled the trigger.
Remy pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempted murder, assault, and criminal weapon possession, but one month later, Remy was also charged with witness tampering and assault, after she was accused of making several male friends attack a witness’ boyfriend.
In March of 2008, Remy was convicted of assault, illegal weapon possession, and attempted coercion in connection with the charges.
Even though Remy was acquitted of several of the charges at her sentencing, the judge noted her nonchalant attitude toward Barnes-Joseph following the shooting: The award-winning rapper reportedly rifled through the victim’s purse looking for the alleged stolen money as Barnes-Joseph sat bleeding in the car. Remy then reportedly left the seriously injured woman, jumping in to a waiting car and driving off.
Remy’s callousness earned her an 8-year stint behind bars with a 2015 release date.
Barnes-Joseph wound up suing Remy for $80 million in a civil case, citing pain and suffering and damages. Since the shooting, Barnes-Joseph has had to undergo several surgeries, has numbness in both legs, and has a slew of digestive problems.
Meanwhile Remy, the “Conceited MC,” responded to her future release with an unrivaled enthusiasm in her voice, “I’m gonna be back like I never left.”