V Exclusive: Amil Debunks Twitter Debut + Talks Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj
Wondering where Amil’s been? Well don’t count on finding her via Twitter. Earlier this week the Twitter account @AMIL_DOE popped up with a slew of madcap tweets insulting various celebrities from Foxy Brown to Rick Ross. But the ex-leading lady of Roc-A-Fella Records didn’t find the jokes too humorous and denies having any affiliation with the now revealed parody account.
“I’ve never had a Twitter or Facebook account. They’re just not for me,” she explains. “Sometimes things like this surprise me because I haven’t been in the spotlight in awhile, but when I come up it always seems to be something negative. That’s something I try my hardest to stay away from. It does bother me a little bit but I let it go after while.”
After spending nearly 11 years shading away from the spotlight, the 32-year-old mother of three, who’s in the midst of working on an urban fiction novel with an accompanying soundtrack, still has no regrets about choosing anonymity over ubiquity.
“I’m happy for the time that I had, but [the entertainment industry] is not for me. I enjoy recording, thats always a passion, but as far as going hard with a recording career… at this point no. I’m an old head. My whole life is so different now. But I’m in a beautiful place and really just enjoying myself.”
In 2000, Amil’s first and final album A.M.I.L – All Money Is Legal, led by the single “I Got That” with then Destiny’s Child chief Beyonce, showed face to modest sales. Shortly after her debut, Amil left Roc-A-Fella Records robed in rumors that Jay-Z had dropped her due to internal fights and weight gain.
“I haven’t spoken to Jay in years but I really wish I could talk to him because that would just really bring closure to me. But he knows I love him,” she says. “People think there was bad blood between us, but there never was any bad blood. Things happen and I wasn’t ready for where my career was going at that time. It was really overwhelming.”
Although Amil has no plans of shooting for Nicki Minaj’s omnipresence, she intends on releasing a mixtape later this year and respects the kooky raptress for holding down the throne.
“I got mad respect and love for Nicki. She’s doing it really big and that’s odd for a female. It’s really hard for a female rapper… out of every female entertainer, they got it the worst. I support her because behind-the-scenes she’s going through a lot. And to be able to handle that— that’s big.”—Tracy Garraud