Hip-hop’s most popular mothers tend to have extremely colorful personalities, and Momma Dee is no different.
Momma Dee, who was originally known in the Atlanta area as a notorious pimp, hustler, and now rapper Lil’ Scrappy’s mom, has allowed VH1’s cameras into her world for the wildly popular reality show Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta.
In part one of our interview we chat with her about her dark past and how her son got her away from the streets.
Loop 21: A lot of people know that you were a pimp. How did you end up going down that road?
I was raised in a middle class family by my mom and stepfather. Due to a lot of physical abuse by my stepfather, me and my brother left home at an early age. I went to Georgia State School of Nursing and got my Bachelors’ degree in science. I raised two small kids alone. I’m divorced now but the day after I got married, a 17-year-old boy hit my head, crushed my left patella and my left articular. I couldn’t walk for three years, I was on crutches. When I was a nurse, one of my patients had confided in me that she ran a call girl service. I didn’t have the money to start one, but it didn’t take much for me to watch the local pimps in Atlanta and watch how they manipulated. I snatched up two girls at one time and they started working for me on the streets. I ended up with 15 women prostituting for me and opened up dope traps on Cleveland and Southridge in Atlanta. I was in that for 10 years. It was very lucrative. I had bought keys of cocaine from Big Meech himself.