Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle, and Kim Zolciak for a smooth five minutes have each proved to the masses that reality TV is a nice way to either reenergize a fledgling music career or temporarily create one despite any signs of actual talent. That said, there have been others – hello, Kelly “I’m Booked” Price and Nicci “Surprised Syleena Never Swung On You” Gilbert – who beautifully illustrate the dangers in showing the persona behind the product. However, those R&B Divas waited to show their asses after netting a few plaques.
I can’t say the same for Love and Hip Hop star Amina Buddafly, and based on a few episodes of the fourth season of the popular VH1 franchise, I never will. In a recent interview with Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club,” radio personality Charlamagne Tha God tried to explain to her manager, husband, and fellow show villain, Peter Gunz, that her music career is effectively over. Peter didn’t want to hear it, but I’d like to tag myself in.
I wouldn’t buy an Amina Buddafly album even if it was wrapped in Popeye’s buttermilk biscuits. Hell, Amina could release a single featuring Jesus, Beyoncé, and Mariah Carey’s 1993 vocal chords and I still wouldn’t click “buy.”
In the very first episode Amina is smiling in Tara’s face and actively telling Peter to stay in bed instead of going to pick up his son from school. Yes, it is ultimately Petere’s fault, but she’s in bed smiling at the thought of Peter ditching his kid to tend to her needs the way Cruella de Vil smiles at the sight of a sad little spotted puppy sleeping on the sidewalk.
I’m all for people living out their truths, but there are consequences. Seriously, how does a struggling R&B singer go on national TV and behave like the disrespectful, wretched side piece that all of the R&B singers complain about on record? That is so not smart.
I mean, perhaps that might work if Amina decided to remake MoKenStef’s “He’s Mine.” On second thought, no it won’t as that would still make her the woman Monifa, Kenya, and Stefanie sang about. Sure, Peter married you, Amina, but he already sounds like he regrets it in the press.
Now the general consensus on social media is that until you do right by Tara, everything you sing about gonna crumple on iTunes.
I don’t know all the details of the Amina-Tara-Peter Gunz love triangle or if the story is all that genuine. What I do know, though, is that perception is everything and given the way Love & Hip Hop is playing out, Tara’s heart looks as black as Peter Gunz’s feet – which doesn’t make me want to spend paper or plastic on her.
Amina can sing, play an instrument, and based on her Black Buddafly days, knows how to provide good body rolling music.
And yet, her fate isn’t changing. If I were you, Amina, I’d use this hit and quit it brand of frame and parlay it into a songwriting career. God bless you, homegirl, you’re a flop before you even dropped.