Brownsista: Why did you decide to do Dancing With The Stars at this particular time?
Mya: Dancing With The Stars has always been something that I wanted to do. I had stuff going on in Japan. I had tours and foundations. I always knew that when I had the opportunity I would do it. This is the perfect time.
Brownsista: Have you started rehearsing? Do you know who your partner is going to be?
Mya: I know who my partner is. His name is Dmitry Chaplin. He is really nice and experienced he works as a Choreographer. We recently had our first rehearsal.
Brownsista: Are you excited about this? You have done dance forever.
Mya: Well, I tap dance. I do Hip-Hop in my videos but I was never trained. So, there is a big discrepancy out there about that. I am excited because it is unfamiliar territory.
Brownsista: Are you nervous?
Mya: Oh yeah, I’m nervous. This is television so there is no edit like in the music videos. You can’t really mess up. It is hard to work with someone you never have before. They are professionals. You have to learn everything from scratch, technique plus a team. We are going to get dropped if we don’t have it right. Then we have to sell it like we know what we are doing.
Brownsista: You got to have that chemistry and flow together with the partner. That is another thing that can be difficult. Lets talk about the mix tape. What made you decide to go in this direction? You have never done a mix tape before.
Mya: Well, people have actually asked me before about doing a mix tape. I stepped of the scene for a minute. Teamed up with Young Empire and there is a demand for Mya to come back but I had to come back in a different way. Because I have a fan base and reputation for doing so many collaborations I’m like I want to do that and you know that rap dominates now so this is for the jeeps. The mix tape is really about who Mya is and the streets. If I have anything to do with it I am going to keep serving my fans. There should never be a time for any artist where they aren’t providing for their fans just because there is funny business going on.
Brownsista: You mentioned funny business, are you still signed? Are you with a new label?
Mya: I have my own label now and created a distribution. I had a conversation with J. Prep and he has been schooling me and also Damon Dash once said a quote that ‘if you are doing the same business from ten years ago then you are not growing.’ I’m glad to be surrounded around those people that care. Teach the younger generation how to step their game up on a different level. That’s really it. I have to make sure that I am hands on in every aspect of my career. I have to make sure that they understand the process and policy as far as the way Mya will be done.
Brownsista: What’s the name of your label?
Mya: Planet Nine.
Brownsista: Why Planet Nine? Did you come up with that?
Mya: Yes, I did. I am in love with outer space and that’s where I feel like my mind has been and I have been (laughs). Just in my different way of thinking. It is how I am able to grow. I don’t have a problem with major labels but I realize that when you are more hands on that you can reach directly to your fans. Even if I want to give it to my fans for free, I feel like they should have something. Even if I do it in a basement studio. They should not have to wait seven months or seven different release dates later.
Brownsista: I noticed that the label kept changing your release date. What that the reason why you decided to work on your own and say I’m not messing with you guys any more?
Mya: Its not even them. A deal can be a deal it just has to be the right deal and support system. It is like having a boyfriend. You can have many different chicks but what are you doing for me? You know what I’m saying? If you aren’t then I don’t need to be here because I can do more for myself and invest in my self. I don’t need to be in the background. It is not that serious.
Brownsista: This mix tape is called Beauty And The Streets Volume 1 and it is a little more street. It features Bun B, Shawty Lo, Nicki Minaj, and so many more.
Mya: It is not really more street. There are many dimensions to Mya. I can give you pop, dance record, go-go and all these things that make me up. I have to push the streets because that is who I am in business with and who has always supported me. It is the music business and if I want to do something for the jeeps then I should do it now while I have the freedom to do it.
Brownsista: You have been in the game for while. Every day there is a new R and B chick on the scene. What role do you play in it the game with all of the new, younger, female singers?
Mya: I might not fit anywhere and that is fine by me. I’m just going to do me. I’m not trying to fit in. I’m just trying to be happy and be productive and elevate. I want to empower myself and other people. I want to enjoy life.
Brownsista: Do you have any upcoming movies happening?
Mya: I do but I am not allowed to talk about it.
Brownsista: Ahhh! You guys always say that! (laughs)
Mya: You know they put contracts in front of your face and say you can’t do this or that until we make an announcement. (laughs)
Brownsista: So you can’t tell me anything about the role?
Mya: No. No.
Brownsista: Ok, I’m going to scratch that one of the list. See how you doing me Mya.
Mya: (laughs) No, that is how they are doing me. I would tell you if I could.
Brownsista: Are you dating anyone? You know that the fellas want to know. I have cousins who are like “ask her if she got a man?”
Mya: I have my eye on somebody but I’m not in a relationship.
Brownsista: Are you guys dating or are you crushing on him from a far?
Mya: Uhm, I’m observing. I’m in the observing stages.
Brownsista: Is he somebody we would know?
Mya: I’m not telling you! I’m not answering any of those questions don’t try to be slick! (laughs)
Mya: I’m not telling you if he is a regular Joe or a celebrity.
Brownsista: You’re not going to tell me?
Mya: I’m not telling you!
Brownsista: Mya, you are not giving me anything! You wont tell me about the possible movie or who you are dating! (laughs)
Mya: Oh no, no. Not with that part. You will find out soon enough.
Brownsista: Tell me something about Mya that your fans would not know.
Mya: Hmm, I know how to cook. Yes I throws done. Uhuh. (laughs)
Brownsista: You know what, this is my second time interviewing you and I remember the last time I asked you that question I think you told me that you box for exercise at the gym. So now you are cooking?
Mya: That was probably before my foot fractured. I haven’t been as active since. I have always been cooking but now I can really cook. I moved back home to Maryland and I’m out the studio.
Brownsista: What is your signature dish?
Mya: Hmm, well on the Italian side, There is one dish with grilled chicken and Spanish rice, collard greens. Uhuh. I do that. (laughs) I cook apple-blueberry pie for dessert.
Brownsista: You weren’t joking, you get busy. What does Mya do for fun now at this point in her life?
Mya: Relax. Light up the hookah pipe.
Brownsista: You smoke hookah? I do too.
Mya: Yeah, that is really it. Order some movies from Netflix. I like to relax. (laughs)
Brownsista: You seem very happy. You seem happier now in this interview than the previous one I did with you.
Mya: I am happy. I am taking it easy.
Brownsista: Anything else you want to add?
Mya: No, just love life, enjoy yourself and take it easy.
Brownsista: You are so happy go lucky. I love it.
Interview performed by LJ Knight of Yeahshesaidit.com.