Erica Mena is thankful to Rich Dollaz for giving her an opportunity to sing, but at the same time she says he is not the right manager for her. Speaking out Monday, March 18, the "Love & Hip Hop" star said Dollaz was not effective in management because he was always running to his mother and Peter Gunz for advice.
"Rich needed opinions from a guy that hasn't rapped in 100 years and probably has nothing to show for nothing and his momma, who is always going to cater to you and baby you and tell you what you want to hear. I needed a real man let alone, a real manager. So my gut was telling me not to sign for a reason," Mena told Writers Life Chats when asked about not signing a management contract Monday.
As seen on "Love & Hip Hop," Erica Mena recorded a song with Rich Dollaz but refused to sign a contract that would allow him to recoup on his investment as a manager. In the end, Rich Dollaz ended up giving her song to Olivia.
Looking back, Erica Mena says it was a big mistake to try to maintain both personal and business relationships with Rich Dollaz.
"My relationship with Rich is the perfect example of people not being as real and as authentic and loyal as you thought. My intentions were one thing. Having your mama part of your drama, being a mama's boy, makes it a lot more messy, but I have had some great relationships in this industry. Not all of them are like that," said Mena. "I will be honest. You can't be friends with people you really do business with anyway. I learned that. You can't sleep with someone and try and do business either. These things are risks that I have taken in my life."
That said, Erica Mena hopes that her forthcoming book, "Underneath It All," will help to prevent others from making the same mistakes.
"If I can tell my story, that this is the mistake I made and it saves somebody the headache of thinking that you have somebody that's down for you, when they're only going to back stab you and give your song away behind your back, then so be it," Mena shared. "In the end, I stuck to my guns and thank God I did because I would be stuck with not only management that deceives you and is a snake, but that would spy on you and all this other craziness."
With all of that said, including the fact that she believes that Rich Dollaz was a snake, Erica Mena says everything happens for a reason.
"Everything happens for a reason and you have to listen to your gut," said Mena.
Do you think Erica Mena has a right to feel this way after everything Rich Dollaz tried to do for her or is she completely out of line and ungrateful?
Erica Mena stars in "Love & Hip Hop," which airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on VH1.