If there’s one thing to love about Lil Mo, it’s that she always keeps it real. The R&B vocalist/media personality came under fire last month after she shared her thoughts about Queen Naija’s soul cypher performance at the 2018 Soul Train Awards, which also featured Kelly Price, Luke James, BJ The Chicago Kid and others.
“Where shall I begin? Okay, from what I can see Queen Naija is a very very pretty girl. My daughters love her music…I pray she beats the odds, does numbers and remains humble,” she wrote. “As for this cypher, maybe the pregnancy is prohibiting singing from the pit. Maybe she should’ve war cried or just sat this one out until her seasoning is to its fullest savor. I really don’t know much about her besides what the blogs post but I believe she can reach her fullest vocal potential outside of its mediocrity if she stays around vocal bibles.”
Naija eventually saw Lil Mo’s criticism and sounded off on Twitter. “Word of advice from a young singer just now entering into the music industry, to VETS who’ve been in this game, ENCOURAGEMENT goes a long way,” she tweeted. “Someone could look up to you and adore you & you can completely ruin their view of you by speaking down on them.”
Rated R&B caught up with Lil Mo after her performance at the Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Holiday Charity Concert in Washington, D.C. During our interview, she clarified her opinionated post about Naija’s performance.
“I wouldn’t even sing behind Kelly Price,” she said. “People in the industry don’t even sing after Kelly Price. So, I don’t even know the order. I just know how it was sent to my DM.”
She went on to say that she wouldn’t have performed with the soul cypher lineup if she was pregnant. “I felt like they Daniel’d her,” Mo said. “They threw her in the lion’s den.”
Mo emphasized that her reaction wasn’t meant to be shady. “I don’t have nothing against anyone,” she said. “My heart is so pure.”
Watch Lil Mo sound off below.
Stay tuned for part two of our interview with Lil Mo!