Who is Samantha Wallace?
Samantha Wallace was born on 14 March 1983, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, and is a reality television personality, best known for being a cast member in the series “Love & Hip Hop: New York”; she was a guest star during seasons five and six, before gaining a more regular role during the seventh season. She has a son with music producer Mendeecees Harris.
The Net Worth of Samantha Wallace
How rich is Samantha Wallace? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $500,000, earned through a successful career on reality television. She is also supported by Mendeecees, who has a net worth estimated at $400,000. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Life Before Television and Education
Limited information is known about Samantha’s early life – except that she is the youngest of five children with three older brothers and one older sister – her parent’s names and vocations, and her career before she made it into reality television. According several sources, she had a troubled childhood, though it has never been confirmed. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the NYC College of Technology, and completed a degree in dental hygiene.
Some point in her life, she became associated with Mendeecees Harris who is involved in the hip hop industry in New York. They would later have a child together and this association allowed her to gain more exposure to the music and the entertainment industry. It was only a matter of time before she would also gain exposure to reality television, as Harris became involved with the television show “Love & Hip Hop: New York”.
Love & Hip Hop: New York
“Love & Hip Hop: New York” is the original installment of the “Love & Hop Hip” franchise which airs on VH1; the series follows the lives of several people living in New York City, who are involved with hip hop music, but has since expanded to include nearby areas such as New Jersey and Yonkers. The show has been noted for the appearances of numerous figures from East Coast hip hop, and the success of the show has led to numerous spin-off series, including “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood”, “Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies”, and “Leave it to Stevie”.
The show has been running for a total of nine season – it was initially thought out as a reality show about rapper Jim Jones, but later he stepped back as he was dealing with the murder of a friend when the show was starting to gain interest for production. This theme would become a main point of the early seasons of the series, displaying the frequent clash between a rapper and the industry they now work in. The show was later re-tooled to now include various personalities influenced by the ensemble-driven reality shows that were becoming popular at the time. The show was pitched as a black version of “Sex in the City”, but later found success thanks to the changes it made during its early years.
Reality Television Involvement
The show started out with music manager Yandy Smith, who managed Jim Jones and a number of other personalities, and was responsible for bringing in the initial ensemble of the show. She then started a relationship with entrepreneur Mendeecees Harris, and the two would have a child together. He is also a music manager, and was the previous owner of the Beat Factory studio located in the Bronx. Prior to his entry into the music industry, he worked in real estate.
While the two were in a relationship, he also an affair with Samantha Wallace and the two had a child together, leading to complications between the three as they all frequently communicated due to the children. Yandy and Samantha are known to feud from time to time because of their shared association with Harris; apparently Wallace only stayed civil for their child to communicate with his father. Harris would later have a second child with Smith and the two married in 2015. Her relationship with the music managers was enough for Wallace to be put into the reality television show, as she provided a personality and story-line that would appeal to viewers.
Sentencing and Current Endeavors
In 2016, Mendeecees was sentenced to eight years jail after pleading guilty to drug trafficking. He also agreed to forfeit the money he had earned from the television show along with a sports car worth over $100,000. According to reports, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine and heroin. He was involved in drug trafficking from 2005 to 2012, including a two-year operation in Rochester, New York. His plea agreement allowed him to receive a maximum of just over 10 years, the judge observing that he was doing his best to help youth move away from a life of crime.
Samantha has since moved on from her relationship with Harris, and is dating another hip hop personality – DJ Self – who is known under the moniker The Prince of NY. The couple met through the show during its sixth season and have been dating since. It was later discovered that the two are in a relationship, and will likely appear in future seasons of “Love & Hip Hop: New York” as a couple.