Story by Terry Shropshire
Images by DeWayne Rogers
Traci Steele and DJ Babey Drew have a reality show within a reality show that is the ultrapopular “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.” Their relationship, even though they’ve been broken up for seven years, resembles the weather in the Caribbean islands they are from. It can be beautiful and calm one moment, but then it can quickly mutate into a Category 5 hurricane the next.
And they are comfortable existing and thriving within that frenetic space. Heck, she brags that she almost shot him one time and actually did stab his tires. And he has no problem talking the number of women he has been involved with or “popcorn microwavable b—–,” as she likes to refer to his subsequent girlfriends.
The two renowned DJs have added a lot of flavor to one of the most popular and addictive reality shows on television that was already overflowing with outsized and volatile personalities.
First of all, listening to them is like sitting in on a tennis match. Your head and eyes constantly jerk back and forth because of their propensity for darting in out of each other’s conversations, finishing each other’s sentences, cutting each other off, and volleying insults and compliments with equal aplomb back and forth to each other. They constantly intercept one another’s thoughts and take it in the opposite direction. You would need a compass and a map to try to figure out where they are going to take the next question.
Even if you didn’t know the couple, it wouldn’t take long to figure out that the pair, despite their defunct relationship that produced a 7-year-old son, remain so close that they practically breathe the same air.
So when rolling out sat down for an interview with DJ BabeyDrew and DJ Traci Steele, we knew from the jump that this was not going to be a normal interview. But then again, Steele and Drew are not your ordinary pair.
So strap yourselves in and try to keep up, all right?