“Juez, dip dip, Santana, set set… Dipset, Dipset, DIPSET!!”
Ayeeee.. I’m sure Bianca has rapped those lyrics a few times. Her Dipset ways plus hippie vibes add to the complexities of the beauty within her. See, genuine beauty is so much more than skin deep. It is not the reflection you see in the mirror, instead, it is the reflection you see within yourself. It is determined by the choices you make, the ideologies you decide to build your life on, and the selflessness you try to emulate. It’s essence is aligned with the internal being of your soul. For some, that beauty flows through their veins, glows through their reflection, and exudes an energy that pours out for others to see. I was able to see that beauty in Bianca Mendez.
Don’t be afraid of the pain. Lean into it for the lesson. As a society, we want to numb ourselves versus doing the work to understand ourselves. As black and Latina women we are born with residue pain in us that has yet to be healed. –Bianca Mendez.
Bianca is a dope woman who dope energy swoons to. Her energy has paralleled her with the likes of Rich Boy, Jeezy, and Chamillionare to name a few. Yet, beyond the people she knows, more importantly, she knows herself. She stands in who she is and portrays to be nothing less. Proudly claiming to be the first female/hippy member of Dipset, she seemed to be something of an oxymoron to me. However, they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, which is definitely true for her…..
So, Bianca, your Instagram reads of infectious hippie-ish positive vibes, yet you’re bumping Outkast and besties with the likes of Camron. And, above all of that your love for music seems to stand out as irrefutable. So, the quintessential question, quoted from Brown Sugar is, “When did you fall in love with Hip-Hop?”
I can’t say the exact moment. I remember just being programmed by the local radio station. As I became a teenager we listened to and loved everything Jodeci, DJ Quik, E-40, and Snoop. When I was closer to 18 I started getting into “hip hop” like Wu Tang, Tribe, etc. If I had to share a moment though, it would probably be my first house party, around 12-13 years old, in the project bedroom dancing to the cassette single of DJ Quik’s single “Sweet Black Pussy” & AMG’s “Bitch Betta Have My Money”.
HAHA. You just turned so hood in my head Bianca. I bet that party was LIT!!
From Bianca to Bibi, Baebo, and BiBi guns, I’ve seen tons of nicknames floating around for you. What’s the significance of each name and who gave you each?
I was born Bianca Samadhi Mendez, my mom named me after Bianca Jagger who was Mick Jagger’s wife and in her eyes the first Latin crossover. Bibi is what my family called me growing up, when I started working with Cam’Ron in 1998 him and Jimmy brought Bibi back. Baebo is a name that Trey came up with that we actually call each other, so it’s not a nickname, but sort of who we are to each other, Baebos, like siblings.
I’m not gone lie, I definitely started following your page on Instagram after seeing Trey Songz tag you in some photos. My imagined love for Trey had me like who’s this with my man!? But, then I really fell in love with the inspiration and positivity you exude. Could you give us a little insight into who you are and let us in on what you do?
My career path started in 98 around street promotions, it went into mixshow radio promotions from there, then it got into management with Rich Boy and Jeezy. Trey and I met while I was working for Jeezy, when my time was done with Jeezy I started working for Trey initially only focusing on social media and direct to fan marketing, now I work more in marketing and creative as well as filling in whenever anything else is needed. We all sort of work like that. We all just love and support our Brother.
It’s pretty interesting that you say Trey’s team looks at him as a brother. I’ve seen you express multiple times that you have the best boss/work family one could ask for, what makes the experience of working with Trey Songz so great?
Working for someone you love isn’t really work. The things I do for Trey I used to do when he couldn’t afford to pay me, before the Ready album. While we all have our roles and responsibilities that Trey and Team holds us to, we just have fun, we laugh, we sing, we hold a frequency of love. That’s what makes it great, our mutual love and respect for what everyone brings to the table.
That sounds dope.
I remember seeing a post of yours discussing how you were Jeezy’s assistant, and after getting laid off you were in a state where you felt worthless and tired of life because of how much value you put on your position and material things. I think a lot of people (including myself) struggle with that anxiety of meeting society’s standards versus living a life purposeful to them. Reflecting back on that moment and then looking at where you are now, what advice would you give to those struggling to find purpose in their life?
Don’t be afraid of the pain. Lean into it for the lesson. As a society, we want to numb ourselves versus doing the work to understand ourselves. As black and Latina women we are born with residue pain in us that has yet to be healed. I believe what’s happening now is that everything is coming to the surface to be healed. As a world, but also as individuals. It’s all part of an awakening to show us the power that we are. We are creators of life. We are healers. We are manifestations of God.
Speaking of manifestations, it seems like you really live your life based on the ideology of manifesting your thoughts into reality, how important is that in getting you to where you are today?
It’s all there is. What I think is what I am. Currently I think I am a vessel for God’s love. I am here to express that love in a way that only I can, just as you are doing so in your own beautiful unique way. I get reminded of this twice a week at my spiritual center, Agape.
Who else have you worked with and what person would you say has been your favorite or most memorable and why?
I’ve also worked with The Clipse, TI & Grand Hustle, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Yo Gotti, Lil Kim, and Chamillionaire. Chamillionaire would be my favorite, because his expression of God’s love aligns with mine the most. He’s been a constant angel in my life just like Trey has been, no mistake they share the same birthday.
So, because I know THE PEOPLE want to know… As his bestie, and because they often say people on the outside see the things you don’t see, who do you think is the type of woman Trey needs?
I would love to see Trey in a deeply loving and spiritual partnership with a woman who doesn’t see love as possession, but as a frequency that she is strong enough to hold on her own. Someone that doesn’t need anything from him and by that I don’t just mean money.
Ok. Ok. A God-fearing, INDEPENDENT woman like myself, shout-out to Webbie’s song which used to be my anthem back in the college days !! *laughs*
When it comes to that mindset of an independent woman, do you think women can actually have it all, meaning career, love, family, and happiness?
Women can have whatever they want when they wake up to their power as healers and givers of life. We have been stuck having our worth determined by the attention of men.
AMEN !!! I totally can agree with that. It just seems that society manipulates us to measure our value by who values us versus how much we value ourselves.
I think this is also evident in the fact that for most women working and specifically succeeding in the entertainment industry it’s often that their image is overshadowed by the mindset that they’ve probably “slept” their way up the ladder or used their sex appeal to get to the top. What’s your take on that?
My take is that people will always make judgements according to the frequency they reside in. So, if someone is assuming a female has slept their way up, they haven’t come into the understanding of the power and necessity for the female energy for balance. How a woman chooses to stand in her feminine energy is her personal choice.
I once had an interview & the person said they always looked up to Diddy and Jay Z. They felt there weren’t any females in the entertainment industry that they knew of doing it like those two and having a presence like them? I was quick to refute with the Queen Bey; Beyoncé, and Oprah; who I love, however, I can see her point. What’s your take on the state of female bosses in the entertainment industry?
They don’t promote the women in the game that are doing it. Julie Greenwald at Atlantic Records is someone in business that is killing it. My personal favorite is my friend Tracey Waples who flies way below the radar but is a beautiful force of God’s power and black excellence.
I would definitely love to see their stories depicted more!
For you personally, what has been the biggest fear and biggest success you’ve faced along your journey?
The biggest success there is, is allowing God to push the ego out and take up full residence inside you. So that what you think thru is a filter of love for yourself and your brothers and sisters. Otherwise fear was just running the entire show. Fear of not having enough, fear of not being enough, etc.
What is next for Bianca?
Creating a hybrid space for healing, fun, creativity, and of course LOVE of self.
Well, in that self-love make sure you include a few more of those house parties that you mentioned earlier, dancing to the most classic ratchet songs!! And, send me an invite!
Be sure to follow Bianca on Instagram @biancasamadhi. She will definitely fill your day with motivation and positive energy!
*ALSO* I asked Bianca who’s she’s calling out as next in the game she says Leikeli47 got next! Check her out and let me know what you think!!