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from the hit show “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”, spice it up for Kontrol Magazine & remind us that “Behind every great women, also stands a great man”.
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LOCATION: FOREVER YOUNG BOUTIQUE PHOTOGRAPHER: WILL KENNEDY HAIR: BRANDY WELLS MUA: BARKEIA MCBRIDE STYLIST: JULIAN LARK
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right in early like every shoot entails you to be; Rasheeda & Kirk pull up in the newest of new BMW’s. Kirk is cool and calm as he walks into the “Forever Young Boutique”, located right across the street from Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. He’s channeling a little Lance Gross early in the morning, with his Hershey chocolate skin and laid back attire. On the phone, we assume he is most likely handing the Saturday morning business, consisting of shows and club appearances for his wife. Rasheeda comes in looking ready for whatever is in store. Born in Illinois, but raised in Atlanta, you wouldn’t be able to tell there was any real country in Rasheeda, unless you hear her speak. Also on the phone, she looks better in the morning then half the celebrities you see without makeup, on any gossip tabloids magazine. Wearing her leather green army anorak, cute military jeans and carrying a Celine’ bag. Rasheeda is truly what you call a “Boss Chick”. The Yin and Yang couple has an air of business meets pleasure and this is the strategy that has brought them so far in their journey of a happy marriage. Take a seat and cross your legs as Kontrol gets the scoop on Life, Love, Sex and what’s to come from Rasheeda and Kirk.
She was subtle and it didn’t take a lot for her to impress me. So Kirk & you have been married for 12years!!! How do you guys manage to spice up your sex life without it getting too “scripted”? Rasheeda: You just have to find new things to do! New places (Laughs), But you know what, we’ve been together so long it never really gets boring… really, because we love each other. But I do have to pull out a few tricks even though I’m sleepy. (Laughs) Is there anything sexually Kirk wants to try, but you said “Hell Naw”? Rasheeda: Umm…No, Not Really! Kirk: 3 girls then? (Ha, Ha) Rasheeda: Hell Naw!! (Dead Serious)
Rasheeda: It’s hard, because it’s just so close and connected. I try like separating the two. We got this thing now were we shut down the business day. So when we shut the day down, it keeps me from getting mad at him. It’s definitely hard though, sometimes I turn my shoulder up and my backside in the bed like “I’m Sleep”. Kirk, you have been holding Rasheeda down for along time, what qualities in your wife, keeps you wanting to come back for more?
When you first met Kirk what was your first impression? Rasheeda: Who is this dude? I do not like him!! (Laughs Bashfully) I thought he was cool, we were friends first, but when I met him I thought he was this cool fly dude and he was cool with my friends & I. So I liked him. Kirk same question? Kirk: (“Ha Ha Ha” he laughs sarcastically) She was real cool… well friend wise. She was subtle and it didn’t take a lot for her to impress me. (Interrupting while laughing) Rasheeda: Go ahead and tell her, what I said when you first saw me in Daytona and we we’re going out! Kirk: (laughing louder) They we’re getting dressed and I was with my other friends, so Rasheeda was like “ Do my booty look cute in these shorts” and I’m thinking “Yo little hot ass need to sit your ass down somewhere’!! Like I didn’t answer her, I’m just like are you really asking me that question. We talked three years after that. Rasheeda looking at you, I wouldn’t even know that you turned the big “30” last year, what new sexiness have you found with this age milestone? Rasheeda: I don’t even think about it all like that. I think as you grow, and mature, then you start to feel way more comfortable in your skin as a woman. I know who I am, I’m secure with who I am, I know what I want to do and I keep it moving forward.
a limit to that. We run into some assholes, but the average guy that didn’t know we were married before, would ask, “What’s up with her” and I would say, “I don’t know, ask her”. Really publically we have only been known to be married for about a year. Rasheeda: Yeah…A lot of people didn’t know that. Kirk: It was actually easy to play off. A lot of people were saying after watching “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” that Kirk being your manager & husband was taking a major toll on your relationship!! Rasheeda how do you keep it together, knowing you’ve had a bad day with “Kirk the manager” without it spilling over onto “Kirk the Husband”?
Kirk, on the road and touring I’m pretty sure Rasheeda has a lot of male/female admirers, how do you handle that without having to step out of manager mode? Kirk: I look at it as marketing, if they didn’t like her or didn’t admire her then that means she needs to change up a lot! So it’s normal. Do you have any boundaries; because some people can be really touchy feely and you might need to check them? Kirk: grabbing and touching, there’s
Kirk: The Hunger for her wanting to be more, grow, and accomplish things that she hasn’t. Just the inspiration she puts out to other women and the whole movement of “Boss Chick”, but mainly her drive. Plus I love to listen to the women who come up to her and they are motivated by her hunger as well. (cont’d on page 6)
COVER DRESS: ROBERTO CAVALLI EARRINGS: VANITY SHOWROOM SHOES: GIUSEPPE ZANOTTISUIT: VERSACE SHIRT : EXPRESS
Rasheeda PANT SUIT: ESCADA ACCESSORIES: CHARLES ALBERT (EARRINGS- VANITY SHOWROOM) SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Kirk SUIT: VERSACE SHIRT : EXPRESS
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irk is really somebody who just got your back through whatever! He is always there; He always keeps it real and in this industry that’s so hard to find. -Rasheeda
Rasheeda PANT SUIT: BCBG ACCESSORIES: CHARLES ALBERT SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Kirk SUIT: VERSACE SHIRT : EXPRESS
Rasheeda do you have anything to say about Kirk? Rasheeda: Kirk is really somebody who just got your back through whatever! He is always there; He always keeps it real and in this industry that’s so hard to find. Some people will tell you “ Yeah that’s cute girl” or “ This record is hot”, but he’ll just be 100 and say “Naw that shit is wack” or “No you don’t need to do that baby”. But besides being a great husband, father and just awesome life partner, it’s just a blessing to have somebody like him. Rasheeda if Kirk wanted to Roleplay for Valentines Day this year what would you come up with?
DRESS: HALSTON ACCESSORIES: CHARLES ALBERT SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Rasheeda: (Slight Smirk & Laughs) What would I want him to do...? OH… I would want him to put on a football uniform! What team? Rasheeda: I could show the Falcons some love, even though they messed up the super bowl, but they swag was turned up this year. I think that would be hot! Like have that helmet on and everything. That reminds me of “Scary Movie” where Brenda and Ray, do that hilarious “Football Scene”. (All Laughs) Songs like “Marry Me” & “Bubble Gum”, we see your not scared to express your sexuality, have you always been that confident sexually? Rasheeda: Not really, because when I was younger I wasn’t of course. As I started to “GROW-UP” and “stuff” (laughs) and experience different things…you know, I got a lot more comfortable. Rasheeda, do you feel being so happy with kirk gives you the opportunity to not be so negative with your music? Rasheeda: Well I do, but I’ve been there. Because we dated before, then broke-up before getting married. I know everyone’s not happy, but our relationship contributes to a lot of the things that I write. We never really hear anything sad or depressing from you, so that’s why we asked that. Rasheeda: I might call a man “No Good”, but it’s never been that
serious to me. The whole Twitter & “Love & Hip Hop” beef between K
of me, the little edgy accessories and never over thinking it. Just being confident in who you are that’s it, I don’t
Michelle & yourself, was that for the show or y’all just really don’t like each other now?
want to be anybody else. What can we expect from Rasheeda & Kirk this year?
Rasheeda: (Bluntly) We really don’t like each other; I mean I really don’t like her! (Laughs) Ok…Are all the ladies really friends outside of “Love & Hip Hop”? Rasheeda: We all get along and kick it. Mainly try to support each other; the only beef situation was just with her. There is always one chick out the group you just won’t click with.
Rasheeda: A lot… Kirk: Kirk is in “KONTROL” (laughs) Rasheeda: It’s all about you!? (Sarcastically) It’s all about Kirk this year? (Laughs)
Rasheeda: Yeah, but you know I’m really not like that, I just happened to be on the show with a psycho. (Laughs) I know you have an apparel and accessories company called “ImBossy”? How has your style helped redefine others from the show? Rasheeda: I’m just an individual and I don’t try to be like anybody. I don’t look at what other people are doing and try to mimic it. I just do Rasheeda and “I’m bossy” is a reflection
Rasheeda: Really though a lot of black love and relationships. So more Family? Rasheeda: Yes, just more understanding of us and showing that being in a marriage isn’t an easy job, but when you love each other you figure it out. Last but not least… Public Bathroom Quickie or Drunk Sex at home? Rasheeda: Umm…Drunk Sex at home might mess around and catch something!
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Published on Feb 14, 2013
Rasheeda & Kirk from the hit show “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”, spice it up for Kontrol Magazine & remind us that “Behind every great women, als...