Reminisce “Remy Ma” Mackie is a Grammy-nominated rapper from the Bronx, New York.
Remy began writing poetry at a young age, and eventually began rapping in her teens. Her rhymes caught the attention of fellow Bronx native Big Pun in the late ‘90s, and he was so impressed with her freestyle skills when they met, that he began working with Remy and featured her on two songs on his 2000 album, Yeeeah Baby. She was also featured on M.O.P.’s “Ante Up (Remix)” that same year.
In the wake of Pun’s passing, Fat Joe continued working with Remy, signing her to an SRC/Universal record deal under his Terror Squad imprint. Joe featured Remy on both his 2001 and 2002 albums, and she made her official debut on the 2004 Terror Squad compilation album, True Story. The album spawned the Grammy-nominated single “Lean Back” and paved the way for Remy’s 2006 debut album, There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story. The album moved 37,000 units in its opening week, and produced three relatively successful singles.
A July 2007 altercation with a friend she believed had stolen from her led to Remy reportedly shooting the woman in the torso. In 2008, Remy was convicted of assault, illegal weapon possession and attempted coercion, and immediately began serving an eight-year term at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York. She married rapper Papoose during her time behind bars, and was released in August 2014.
Remy began working with Fat Joe on the collaborative album, Plata O Plomo, in 2015. The pair earned two Grammy nominations for the lead single, “All The Way Up,” but the album was not a commercial success upon its 2017 release.
In 2015, Remy, Papoose and their family began appearing on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York. In 2017, Remy became entangled in a large-scale beef with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj that has yet to reach a conclusion.