Amber Rose Dishes on Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa and Her New Show
The recognizable model is set to judge deejays on 'Master of the Mix'
One thing model Amber Rose knows is a good party. In fact, she’s made a career out of it. From hosting hotel beach parties in Las Vegas to mansion pool parties in Virginia, Rose has monetized a good time.
Now, in her new role as judge on the second season of Centric and BET’s Master of the Mix, Rose will be critiquing spin masters from around the country on their party-hyping ways.
Loop 21 caught up with Rose hours before the launch party for her new show to discuss what qualifies her to critique deejays, what she thinks about Kanye West’s declaration in her hometown, her new music and her advice to Kim Kardashian.
Loop 21: Why did you decide to join Master of the Mix?
Rose: I decided to jump on board because, you know, I love to party. I love music and I felt like it was such a good fit for me. And me being a judge, I solely base my opinion on the party aspect. If people are dancing and they’re like, “Oh God, why did he play that?” If they totally killed the party with the song, that’s what I’m judging the deejays on. As you know, I’m not a deejay. I don’t know how to mix. I don’t know how to spin records. So that’s what I solely base my opinion on. So when it comes to the technical stuff, I just leave that up to Kid [Capri] and Viktor [Duplaix.]
Loop 21: What do you say to the criticism that you have no credibility being a judge? What makes you qualified to judge deejays?
Rose: I say that I grew up in Philly. I grew up in a very musical city. I grew up with a lot of music in my house so I know music. Before I went to school in the morning, my mom had on music. You know, after school, during dinner, before bed; music was just in my house. I know good music.
One of my jobs is to actually host parties. So when I host a party and a deejay is just super wack and I’m not having a good time I know what that feels like because I literally go from city to city around the world. And that’s my life. It was just a perfect fit for me so people just need to understand exactly where I’m coming from. I’m not telling deejays, “Oh you didn’t scratch properly,” or, “You didn’t mix that in properly.” I can say when you mix that song and the crowd totally died and wanted to leave and go home and I understand that because I live that life.
Loop 21: What’s the status of your eye wear line?
Rose: For me, right now I can get an eye wear line like [it's'] nothing. But I really think it’s important to me to sit in and design my eye wear. And right now I'm just working on so many things. It’ll definitely come in the future. People just need to be a little, little more patient because I want it to be done properly because I don’t want it to be a fad. I want it to have longevity and I want it to be super, super dope and when you do dope sh-t, you know, it takes a while.
But, you know, I’m working on music right now. I’m in the studio right now every single night. I'm designing for Members Only. I can add designer to my resume. I’m doing movies. I’m looking at scripts and also, still doing appearances all over the world with the parties. So it’ll all come in due time.
Loop 21: Tell me about the music you’re working on. Are you singing, raping, both?
Rose: Yea, singing, rapping, you know, just super fun dance music; house, club, you know, all around fun music. That’s exactly what I’m doing, My inspirations are Fergie, Missy Elliot, Pitbull; worldly music that’s just fun that makes you want dance, makes you have to have fun and makes you happy.
Loop 21: Speaking of music, how do you feel about Kanye thanking Philly for ‘making you?’
Rose: Well I tell you this, this is like my 40th interview today so I’ve heard it through the interviews. I’ve been super, super busy so I haven’t been on the Internet. I haven’t seen it, but that’s my hometown. I guess, that was...it was a nice gesture.
Loop 21: Another nice gesture was tattooing Wiz Khalifa’s name on you. Why did you decide to do that?
Rose: Because I love the shit out of h-m, that’s why! (Giggles) He got my name on his thumb months and months ago. And he was like, “Babe, You don’t have to get my name. It's not about that. You don’t have to do anything at the same time. I just wanted to get your name on my thumb because I just love you. You’re the love of my life. I want to look at your name every time I look down at my hands.” So, I felt the same way and when it felt right I did it also, but he is the love of my life. He is my angel. He’s brought so much happiness in my life and he inspires me to be better.
Loop 21: You and Wiz were together longer than Kim Kardashian’s marriage. If you were to give her any advice, since you’ve been in a high-profile break up, what would it be?
Rose: I would tell her to pray and ask God what is the next step for her as far as relationships go. Because, if you really, really pray God will talk to you. God will give you the answers. I’m not a religious freak or nothing like that, but I am spiritual and I do pray a lot. I like to keep my life very positive so I think that’s probably a good thing for her to do. Just be positive amongst all the negativity that’s going on. I honestly, and I probably shouldn’t say this, but I honestly think she should just lay low for a second. Just relax! You just had a divorce, just chill out. It’s so much more than business and just work. Do something that’s going to make you happy. Just chill out and really think about your life and think about what went wrong and learn from your mistakes.
Loop 21: How do you feel about Lola Monroe joining Taylor Gang? Have you heard her music?
Rose: Well, let me say this: I absolutely love her. She is my sister. She’s super talented. She’s super dope. I really think she’s going to go far. She works so hard and she’s the first lady of Taylor Gang, man. She’s going to come in and push it down and just kill it. I’m really proud of her. She’s really dong it big. The thing that I love about Lola is that she comes from humble beginnings. Me and her had a very, very similar life. We both were strippers at 15-years-old. We both worked really hard. We both dealt with a lot of scrutiny. We both started out in videos and now it’s time for her to go to the next level.
Loop 21: And, would you consider doing a collaboration in the future? Have you both talked about that?
Rose: Oh, absolutely! One thing that me and Lola have in common, besides our lives growing up, is the fact that she’s very positive. She has her whole Bossette movement. She just keeps it very positve. I would definitely love to do music with Lola.
The second season of Master of the Mix premieres at 10:30 p.m. on Centric and 12 midnight on Saturday, Nov. 5 on BET.