With her still-new-enough-to-smell-the-newness-on-it radio show at ThisIs50.com already receiving nominations, Radio & TV Personality/Producer Maya The B has proven that once one door closes, another one opens. Formerly one-third of video talk-show mainstay The Round Table Show (alongside Lenny S & former DJ Ron G manager Big Lite, which was at one time produced by a certain person who founded Avenue 1), the NYC transplant (via Boston) has carved quite a resume for herself…by herself, primarily operating as a one-woman machine throughout most, if not all of her radio run.
Do you think the internet community pays too much attention to what artists tweet?
I think twitter is amazing. It’s a great tool for upcoming artists and established stars. Definitely, the public takes every word to heart and the press will take 140 characters and turn it into a news story. But, overall twitter is a positive outlet to get to know your favorite artist and get some inside into their lives.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about you when they first meet you?
What’s funny is people often think I’m going to be “hollywood.” I’m really a down to earth person. I love people. I will never, ever be pompous or presumptuous. I respect everyone’s story. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt . Some folks feel like they have the right to change with the onset of fame. But, in my opinion- the only way you can make it through this industry- is to remain true to yourself. When you start acting like you’re too good for people you once f***** with- karma comes around to bite you in the a**. When people throw shade my way- I try to brush it off and keep going and take solace in the fact that one day- those people who turned their back on me when I needed them- will be looking to be apart of my movement. That is personally satisfying to me. And, I don’t s*** on them when those times do come around. If anything, I help them and make them feel stupid for jerking me. You must lead by example so that people can follow and do the right thing.
You’re one of the few female media personalities in the New York City area who works hands on behind the scenes with your career. How important is being hands-on, and is having a backbone of sorts among a field of ego-drenched men a factor in it?
Man, if you don’t know you’re craft from the bottom up- you’re doing yourself a great disservice. I’m a leader that gets down and does the dirty work. We cleaning the bathroom today? I’m right their scrubbing toilets with my team. LEAD BY EXAMPLE. In order to be a boss, you have to be able to put in the work on all levels. People don’t respect those who delegate but have no idea what it takes to do the work. I try to make my team feel like they’re individually important- which they are- and encourage them to give me their best because that’s what I only know how to give in return. Being a woman in charge comes with great challenges. Not only do I have to prove myself to the higher ups, I have to prove myself to my team who are almost all men. Historically, women have taken the backseat so I’m part of the minority that drive this MF-er! I won’t allow the idea to enter into my head that men are inferior to women. Socially- I can’t change the world but individually- I do believe there are women out there that are capable if not more capable of doing a job better than a man! This is not because I’m sexist because I love men and women the same. Really might love men more but I also love the fact that women are underestimated. That motivates me to blow past people’s expectations and take everything I do to the next level.
What are some of your most memorable moments doing the shows?
Another tough question! There are so many moments that I can’t believe I’ve had. I grew up listening to artists like Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Joe Budden, EPMD, etc so when I got to meet them it’s like WTF!? I’m a super fan. I eat, sleep, live Hip Hop. Especially from the 90s. When I get the opportunity to interview these people it’s like a fans dream come true. Not on some groupie s*** but on an admiration level. I had a chance to talk to Rick Ross first hand about the CO situation. How many people can say that? I’ve done an a** test on Coco, Ice-T’s wife. I’ve talked to Raekwon about Biggie beef. I mean it’s a Hip Hop fans dream come true. This is what people mean when they say that it’s so important to love what you do for work. Now, I work for one of my biggest role models, 50 Cent. This man gave me my 2000 swag! Before starting thisis50 Radio- 50 has been an unwavering favorite in my life. From his music to his mind- I appreciate this man and try to emulate what he would think was impressive. Thanks to Nelson at G-Unit he’s allowed me to be apart of the brand that I have so much respect for throughout the years. It’s truly a dream come true and something that I never thought would happen to me, ever! If nothing else comes of my career, I can still look back on my life and say “wow, I was part of 50′s brand.” That’s huge.
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