Two years ago, former video model Karrine Steffans threw many of the hip-hop community's biggest stars under the bus when she released her scandalous autobiography, "Confessions of a Video Vixen."
Tales of long-lasting love affairs and wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am quickies with the likes of Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, DMX, Diddy and Shaquille O'Neal still have people talking to this day. In fact, Ja Rule — another person she named in the book — dismissed the tell-all as all lies on Friday after he was asked about it in an interview.
Well, just when your favorite rapper or singer might have thought it was safe, Steffans is back to double up with a second book, "The Vixen Diaries." According to her Web site, she gives a picture of her life from when her first book was released all the way to last month. The book is set to be released September 25.
Although Steffans has not named exactly who she puts on blast in the book, in the upcoming issue of King magazine — which hits stands July 17 — she claims to have had a couple of new affairs with some high-powered performers and isn't shy about disclosing some intimate details.
First, she talks about sexual encounters with Lil Wayne and even says Weezy told her about his relationship with Trina in the wake of their breakup and recent onstage appearances together in Miami. "He said he's not back with her," Steffans told King. "Wayne don't claim nothing. The thing is this, what I know about Wayne is, he told me he loved her and that he was good to her."
Her remembrances of Ne-Yo are a little more salacious. Reports about the two of them came out a few weeks ago on blogs such as MissInfo.tv, and Steffans basically confirms the rumors. She claims to have been given Ne-Yo's e-mail address by L.A. radio personality Big Boy with hopes of being in one of the singer's videos. Steffans said they met for the first time recently on the set of Fabolous' "Make Me Better" video and hooked up that night.
"We're driving down the street, a car pulls up to my car," Steffans told the men-friendly mag. "My boy Chris is like, 'What's up?' They rolled down the back window and it's Ne-Yo, and he was like, 'Is Karrine in there?' Chris was like, 'Yeah, yeah, she's here.' He got out the car and he came by and was like, 'I'm heading back to my room, meet me at the hotel.' We all went to the hotel after that. We hung out all night with Ras Kass and some other girls in the room. The whole time he was just rubbing my feet. Just biting on my feet, rubbing on them. But we were comfortable ever since. Then we spent the next couple of days together. Ne-Yo looked at me right in my face and said, 'I don't care what happened before, but your life didn't start until the day you met me, and no matter what happens if we just stay friends, we end up together it doesn't matter.' I just felt like I'd known him all my life. When that got out, I actually panicked. I was nervous. Because I didn't want him to think that I did that. That's not my style."
Saying it's not her style to kiss and tell is like saying it's not Kobe Bryant's style to score points in a basketball game. Just ask her reported onetime lover Bobby Brown (Brown has never admitted to being anything more than friends with her, for the record) who recently appeared on her Web site. In a section labeled "Karrine TV," which is basically her video diaries, she has an episode called "B.O.B. Burnt Out Bobby," in which she shows the snoring singer asleep on her couch. Another video entry titled "Say the Baby" shows Steffans in a hotel room that she claims is occupied by Lil Wayne (Wayne is never shown) and she calls the Fireman her "baby." Well, Weezy F does tell the ladies to "please say the baby" in his raps.
In King, Steffans said "The Vixen Diaries" is even more personal than the first book, if that's possible. She talked explicitly about sex, spousal abuse and drug overdoses her first time out.
"The last book was a recollection of years past; this one is a diary written as I was in those moments," she told King. "So the emotions are fresh and the information is in real time. I didn't finish the book until the beginning of June, so it's more up-to-date. Mostly, this book is different 'cause I'm different. I'm more introspective, more confident and a whole lot more unapologetic. I know who I am right now, and for the first time, I like what I see. This book, by the end, reflects that."
King Editor in Chief Jermaine Hall said that men continue to be allured by her because of the legend of her reputation but become hooked because of her personality.
"I'm sure they're all intrigued about her skills in the bed ... but she's like a unicorn, people think it's bigger than what is," Hall said. "She even says she really is no different from most people sexually. I think what attracts them is she's such a dude in every way. It's like hanging out with your homeboy, a friend with benefits. You can talk about the latest game, the hot music that's out. She's an Alpha male in a beautiful female's body. ... She's real smart and worldly too. She can talk to you about a Young Buck record or Beethoven."