After serving over six years in prison, Remy Ma was released in early August.
When she came home, there were a number of things that she was excited to do: See her family, get in the studio, and enjoy some of life’s luxuries — like her first meal.
“What’s so crazy, the first thing that I ate was Popeyes,” Remy said, with a laugh, during a recent visit to “Sway in the Morning. “It’s sad. Because I love Popeyes, and that’s all I really wanted.”
If you’ve ever been inside and a Popeye’s and enjoyed a simple waft of those fried flavors — let alone tried them — you can understand Remy’s decision. No, it’s likely not the most gourmet meal she had available to her, nor the healthiest, but why not satisfy that craving after all these years?
It wasn’t all jokes during her lengthy sit-down, though. The Bronx native also spoke on how being imprisoned can really break someone’s mind and spirit.
“Some people say, ’Oh, you’re institutionalized’; it’s not that,” the 34-year-old said. “Being incarcerated, and for a lengthy time period, it takes a toll on everything. You’re constantly depressed. You’re constantly stressed. You’re constantly watching your back. It’s sometimes where people who never had mental problems in their lives, they got on OMH meds, mental health meds, and when they reintegrate into society, they can’t adapt anymore because they’ve been sheltered for so long.
“I really believe that some people come home from prison, and they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s serious. It’s not diagnosed as such, because I guess there weren’t bombs going off or things like that. But it’s very stressful. It’s a traumatic experience.”
Heavy stuff. Glad to hear she hasn’t encountered those issues since her release.