Admire Andrea, Life After Kat Stacks: An Exclusive Video Interview
Photo by Kate Maier
Who is Andrea Herrera?
The hip-hop community knows her better by her street name, Kat Stacks. Y'know, the loud-mouthed Venezuela-born former prostitute who helped boost World Star Hip Hop's Internet ratings by bragging on video about having slept with basically every famous rapper on the scene.
Stacks was kind of an American anti-icon. But after spending two years fighting to stay in the country from the inside of a cell at an immigration detention facility in Louisiana, she's ready to bury the old identity and rediscover her true self, Andrea, for the first time in about ten years.
We caught up with Stacks in her good friend's Miami home as she readied herself for a hosting event at Cameo nightclub. (You can take the party out of the entertainer, but you can't take the entertainer out of the party.)
Herrera told us about running away from home at the age of 14 with an older man who pimped her out and renamed her Kat Stacks. This was her first love and that's how she learned to survive in the harsh urban landscape, using her sexuality to make money and getting mad fucked up along the way.
She left her pimp eventually (but not before having his child) and found work with World Star doing what amounts to a more entertaining version of the same old shit. She starred in web clips as the ratchet groupie Kat Stacks, as well as appearing in rap videos, hosting events, and stripping at Tootsie's.