Kalenna Harper Talks Showdown with Deb Antney
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
On the recent episode of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” Kalenna Harper had an unexpected blowup with Deb Antney after she asked to meet Deb and see if she would be interested in managing her music career.
Things went left when both ladies began to question each others’ resumes, but Kalenna tells VH1 she doesn’t understand why Deb was on ten.
“I asked resume questions based on me taking my career seriously. What I don’t wanna do is confuse the fans and make them feel as if I’m not taking my career seriously. I work every day. I work my knuckles to the bone I’m on Tinashe’s new album. I’m working on Monica’s new album. I have credits on Nicki [Minaj]’s album. I’ve written things with Lady Gaga so I don’t have to explain that to anyone. I don’t gloat about that at all. I don’t even have plaques in my house based on me feeling like I need to work harder than what I did last. I’d rather hang up report cards and my kids accolades rather than mine. I’m very humble in that sense but I wanted her to know: I have a real MDRC [minimum delivery/release commitment], I’m a real top-line writer. I take my business serious and we have to be eye to eye. When you jump in the bed with a manager, you wanna be on the same page. If I seem like a basket case for believing in myself? Being serious and believing and understanding what I was worth got me where I am and I can’t stop that now because I was in the room with Deb Antney. I wasn’t trying to by any means shade Ms. Deb Antney but I was asking her what can you do for my career that I couldn’t really do for myself at this point because I know all of the key players but it’s always good to have somebody representing you. What can you do? Like can you sit down and have the conversations with [CEO of Atlantic Records] Craig Kallman? Can you sit down and make things happen, higher than what Tony has for me? And Tony’s done great things. I remember meeting her son [Waka Flocka] at the height of his career when I was rehearsing for the BET awards so I know what it takes to do what I do. I really wasn’t shading her. I was very confused at why she took me asking resume questions so personal.”
On where they stand now, Kaleena says:
“I haven’t spoken with Deb. I seen the interview when she called me a basket case and all these different things and I’m just like you know what, I’ll be that. I’ll be that for me fighting for my family, I’ll be a basket case with me fighting and believing in my career. And I’ll be a basket case for me and my husband. Tony and I have been together for 12 years and we’ve been putting everything in one basket for our dreams and holding each other hands. In relationships we go through ups and downs and it’s hard to get advice from somebody who is not married, you know what I’m saying? I don’t know, maybe it was just a big mistake to sit down but I haven’t talked to Deb. I want Deb to know it never was no disrespect. That’s not how I was raised you know.”
Just in case you missed it, check out the heated moment below: