An American reality star Masika Kalysha, widely famous for the VH1 series Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (2014-17), is considered one of the spicy topics for media. The Chicago-born kicked off through modeling & music videos before her struggle aligned her with success as an entrepreneur & reality star.
For sure, Kalysha with more than 2.5 million followers on her Instagram has a sparkling lifestyle that many dreams of. And indeed it’s the result of her determination that set saw the TV star an empire of herself despite ups & downs with controversies.
Famously, she was in a relationship with rapper Fetty Wap in 2015 that caused a “baby drama” turmoil after the latter denied a paternity test. Masika struggled on her own as a single mother to her daughter Khari Barbie Maxwell; she is the inspiration behind the VH1 star’s cosmetic line Khari Barbie Beauty. Scroll down for more!!
What Is Age & Height of Masika Kalysha? Brief On Family & Early Life
Born on June 7, 1985, Masika Kalysha Tucker is the youngest of three to Emmett Tucker and Makeba Tucker. Raised in her hometown Chicago, Illinois, she grew up with her elder siblings: brother Jabari Tucker & sister Jamila Tucker.
As of 2022, the black-haired & brown-eyed reality star is 36 years old & stands 5 feet 4 inches tall. Masika’s birth sign is Gemini- whose personality trait is juggling a variety of passions, hobbies & careers, it does explain her versatile career.
The Love & Hip Hop star holds American nationality but comes from a mixed ethnic background: African-European descent.
Later, her family moved to Georgia where she enrolled at Mount Zion High School & graduated in 2003. In an interview with JaGurl TV, Kalysha stated that she skipped 8th grade & graduated early despite being a not too bright student.
Rather than academics, Masika was keen on singing & modeling; thanks to her supportive parents, they got her into an agency. Afterward, she would star in the campaigns in Macy’s ads.
Moved to Los Angeles After Death of Friend
In an interview with JaGurl TV, Masika Kalysha confirmed that she moved to Los Angeles, California on August 11, 2011. Moreover, the reality star opened that she always wanted to move to LA & discussed with her friend Lashawna Threatt about it. However, Threatt died on her birthday in an accident.
The trauma became a trigger for Kalysha, so she booked a one-way ticket to LA shortly after attending her friend’s funeral.
Breakthrough With ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’– What Did Masika Kalysha Do Before Fame?
The Chicago-born didn’t get hold of success right after moving to Los Angeles; she initially worked as a hostess. Then in 2005, Kalysha became a video vixen in the music video ‘Do Ya Thang’ by T.I. and P$C; and ‘So What’ by Field Mob. While also keeping herself busy in commercials, she managed her acting debut in the 2007 film Three Can Play That Game.
Then, it nearly took 5-6 years before Masika could land in mainstream on-screen career. In 2013, she worked in the film The Love Section and the TV series 7 Lives Xposed.
Her major breakthrough came in 2014 after being a supporting cast in the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood starring Teairra Marí, Ray J, Lil’ Fizz, Omarion, and Soulja Boy.
The Season 1 of the reality show chronicled Masika’s romance with producer Mally Mall, though the latter was two-timing her as he was already in a relationship with Nikki Mudarris. As a result, Kalysha and Mudarris would have multiple altercations.
After missing Season 2, the American reality star returned for Season 3 which chronicled the birth of her daughter Khari. Moreover, it also showcased her struggle with co-parenting issues with her baby daddy, rapper Fetty Wap.
Left ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’, Why?
During Season 4, Masika Kalysha had tension with producers of the Love & Hip Hop franchise producers after she denied filming with new cast Alexis Skyy. As for fact, the latter was in a long-term relationship with Kalysha’s ex-boyfriend Fetty, when she was pregnant with the rapper.
Despite the bitter terms, she completed Season 4, though had many altercations with Skyy which became the season’s storyline. Later in 2017, after the reunion special, Masika left Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.
What Is Kalysha Doing Now?
After quitting the VH1 reality show, Kalysha Tucker joined another reality series Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta (2018) & appeared in 10 episodes. Moreover, she had recurring TV appearances in Pump (2020), The Conversation (2020), & Insecure (2020-21).
As per IMDB, her upcoming project of 2022 is the sci-fi thriller film THE PREY: Legend of Karnoctus. It co-stars Danny Trejo, Nick Chinlund, Adrian Paul & Kevin Grevioux.
Moreover, a gifted singer, Masika is into music too. Her singles include Andale (2015), No More, Hella Hollywood, My Own (2016), Black Cinderella (2016), OHHH3x (2017), and Cappin (2020).
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Mother Of A Daughter- Who Is Baby Daddy Of Masika Kalysha? More On Her Relationship!
The Growing Up Hip Hop star has had many relationships but it was her devasted romance with rapper Fetty Wap (birth name: Willie Junior Maxwell II) which became quite famous. Masika became a topic of sensation in late 2015 after the Trap Queen singer denied getting her pregnant & denied for a paternity test.
Masika Kalysha is the mother of a daughter Khari Barbie Maxwell, whom she welcomed on March 29, 2016. Khari has a mom-managed Instagram account @kharibarbie with more than 105K followers.
Often, Kalysha shares pictures of her daughter on her Instagram @masikakalysha with over 2.5 million followers. Her Twitter handle @masikakalysha (joined in November 2009) has over 292.5K followers as of 2022.
Back on December 11, 2015, Masika confirmed that she was 6 months pregnant with Fetty’s child via an Instagram post. Reportedly, she found out about her pregnancy when the singer/reality TV personality went to remove her breast implants.
However, in an interview with The Shade Room on January 6, 2016, ‘The Butterfly Effect’ singer denied her claims. Moreover, he accused her that she was using his fame for publicity.
And in the counterpart, the Khari Barbie Beauty founder alleged that Wap had denied the paternity test 7 times.
At that time, the rapper was already father to 2 kids with ex-girlfriends: daughter Aydin (b. 2011, with Ariel Reese) and Zaveria (b. 2015, with Lezhae Zeona).
How Did Kalysha and Fetty Wap Begin Dating?
As per Kalysha, the two met at a club in the spring of 2015 which Fetty Wap hosted. Later, the rapper came to introduce himself, and Masika offered him to be featured in her video. Shortly afterward, they exchanged phone numbers.
Reportedly, it was purely a business relationship at first and they collaborated in her single Andale in 2015. However, the now-former duo fell for each other and began dating. As the reality star mentions, it was not just a fling between the two; she even talked with the rapper’s mother on Facetime and the two later went house hunting in Hollywood Hills.
But the scenario somersaulted after the OHHH3x singer told him about pregnancy; he allegedly told her to ‘watch things herself & wouldn’t bother to take responsibility for that.’
Brief Engagement With Jamar Champ- Relationship Status Now?
On December 30, 2020, the baby-mama of one took to Twitter & confirmed her engagement with entrepreneur Jamar Champ, who goes by the name Champ The Economist. While she kept the initials of her relationship low-key, Kalysha confirmed that they got engaged only after 4 months of dating, suggesting their romance began in the early 2020 fall.
Moreover, the businesswoman even opened that Jamar chased her for 10 years before the two got in a relationship.
However, the happiness was short-lived as the two called off their engagement after 3 weeks of the celebration. On January 23, 2021, the Swag Inc. actress confirmed the news of their break-up via Instagram & stated that she uncovered many secrets about Champ & alleged that he tried to use her.
Moreover, Masika addressed that when she tried to confront Jamar Champ, the latter ‘tried to use her past traumas to conceal himself.’
As of 2022, the reality star & budding entrepreneur is not dating anyone. Rather, the doting mom is busy taking care of her daughter & business.
Who Are Her Ex-Boyfriends?
Reportedly from 2012 to 2014, she was in a relationship with rapper Gucci Mane. Then, Masika Kalysha began dating musician Yung Berg; although they seemed to be a couple in the series Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, they didn’t get a romantic connection until its Season 1 filming wrapped.
However, after only 3 months of dating, Kalysha and Berg called quits & still now remain on good terms.
Also, she had a fling with Jamal Rashid and Tory Lanez (2017).
Back in June 2020 (before dating Jamar Champ), Masika made a Tweet about her break-up with her mysterious ex-boyfriend. Although she didn’t disclose his identity, she did write “I’m breaking up with my boyfriend because he’s not my husband.”
Net Worth of Masika Kalysha In 2022- Earnings, Business Venture & More!
No denying that Kalysha who started from scratch struggled to achieve the perks she is enjoying now. As per online sources, the ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood‘ star has an estimated net worth of $600,000 as of 2022. It’s the result of her earnings surge from reality shows, modeling & endorsements.
From commercial gigs & brief TV appearances, Masika became a renowned name after landing in the Love & Hip Hop franchise show. There she appeared in 40 episodes (from 2014-17) allegedly earning thousands of dollars per episode.
A cast in Love & Hip Hop can earn a salary in the range of $17,000 to $400,000 per season. Reportedly, the highest-paid Joseline Hernandez from Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta made $400K each season, while Kirk and Rasheeda Frost in the same franchise collected about $300,000 & $25,000 each season respectively.
Possibly, Maskia’s revenue through Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta was in the 5-digit figure. Not to mention films & music video appearance got her a considerable paycheck. Moreover, her songs are on the platforms like Soundcloud & Spotify which adds up her fortune growth.
In the United States, a reality star can earn in the range of $33,500 to $82,000 annually.
Founder Of Khari Barbie Beauty & Endorsements
The 7 Lives Xposed actress barely leaves any place to try out her proficiency. After 9 months of her daughter, Kalysha launched the cosmetic line Khari Barie Beauty on December 17, 2016. Inspiration from her daughter, the beauty products are allegedly all vegan; cruelty-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free.
It includes accessories, lip kids, perfume, & hair growth supplements.
On her Instagram, Masika promotes her beauty brands & poses as a model herself for photoshoots. Moreover, on the platform, she has paid partnership with Stock Marke Tips From a Badbitch and FLAT TUMMY CO. In addition, she also mentions brands such as Chanel, Damani Nails, H&M, Gucci, Rolex, Coach (fashion house), GIVENCHY, Prada, and Hermès (accessories).
According to Influencer Marketing Hub, Kalysha’s Instagram has the potential to earn her $5,095 – $8,492 per sponsored post.
Also, her YouTube channel Masika Kalysha (created on October 19, 2011) with more than 18.8K subscribers contribute to her earnings.
Controversy For Being Fraud
While Masika, who owns a Mercedes S580, is in the public interest with her luxurious lifestyle, it still doesn’t make her immune to controversies though. Back in 2020 fall, David Weintraub, a reality TV producer alleged Kalysha was a ‘lying scam artist’ & shared his experience while renting out his Calabasas home to her.
As per his statement on Brandi Glanville Unfiltered podcast, she frauded him $75,000 & didn’t pay him to rent using the COVID-19 eviction moratorium. However, on the contrary, the Khari Barbie Beauty CEO would flaunt money & shopping spree on Instagram videos.
On September 18, 2020, Masika responded to the claim & fired back at David stating his allegations were false in an Instagram post. Moreover, the TV star admitted that the producer & his mother attempted to harass her. Additionally, her legal counsel also sent details of Kalysha’s living arrangement to the outlet.