It's been an unparalleled rise to the top for singer, actor, TV host, entrepreneur, and reality TV star Ray J who has parlayed his daring and often controversial profile into one of the most meteoric cultural icon success stories in television and entertainment.
Ray J began his career as a child star starring in commercials and hit TV sitcoms such as Black Sash, One On One, Sinbad, and Moesha. After a recording career with Elektra and Atlantic Records, he developed his independent label Knockout Entertainment in 2005 where he independently released his albums Raydiation and All I Feel, which garnered him platinum success and hit singles "Curtains Closed", "One Wish", and "Sexy Can I".
Ray J launched into reality TV on VH1, co-creating and producing the hit TV show For The Love Of Ray J, which rose to #1 breaking records for original VH1 programming. In 2010, the success of For The Love Of Ray J spawned another hit VH1 series starring the entire Norwood family - Brandy And Ray J: A Family Business - where Ray J was co-creator, Executive Producer, and co-star. Over the years, Ray J developed a great working relationship with heads of networks which led to hosting countless BET shows and hosting Oxygen's Bad Girls All Star Battle in 2013. In 2015 Ray J developed BET's Music Moguls where he serves as Executive Producer.
This season, actor, television personality, and singer-songwriter Ray J. can add onemore title to his resume: husband. Having just returned to L.A. after several months abroad(including a buzzed-about appearance on "Celebrity Big Brother UK"), newlywed Ray J. is excited to focus on starting a family with his wife Princess Love. But he's also ready to crank outnew music, and is about to learn firsthand the challenges of balancing a high-flying Hollywoodcareer with the demands of married life.
A noted entertainer famous for his laid back Caribbean vibe, Safaree Samuels isbest known as the executive producer on all of Nicki Minaj's albums. After his break-up withMiss Nikki Baby, Safaree is ready to get down to business -- seeking out new talent in the studiowhile launching his own brand of coconut oil and men's boxer brief line.
After the end of his relationship with Nicki, Safaree began to focus on pursuing his musical passion, popping wheelies on his motorcycle via his "Stunt Gang" movement, and releasing a number of projects that were well received, including his single "Can't Lie" featuring Olaf which premiered via Billboard Magazine.
No stranger to the limelight, the Brooklyn native has made his way onto shows like K.Michelle's: My Life, (which was the highest rated episode of the season) and on Nick Cannon's Wild 'n Out, where his appearance brought in the highest ratings in the show's 10 year history.
From endorsement and product deals, to having Hollywood at his beck and call, it is more than obvious that Safaree is a star that refuses to stop shining.
Singer-songwriter Keyshia Cole burst onto the scene in 2005 with therelease of her platinum-selling debut "The Way It Is," an album that rocketed her to R&B iconstatus. After a four-year industry hiatus, Keyshia is back in a big way, with a deal at Epic Records and a major new album in the works. But in order to move forward with her career, Keyshia will need to find balance with the famously difficult personal life that's fueled so much ofher music -- including her tumultuous on-again / off-again marriage to ex-NBA star Daniel"Booby" Gibson."
A native of Los Angeles, Nikki "Miss Nikki Baby" Mudarris learned the art of being a boss while working for the family business -- a chain of burlesque clubs. Now Miss Nikki is handling her own business -- including the launch of a lip gloss line, and her wildly successful Nude By Nikki brand of lingerie. Nikki Mudarris is of Morrocan/Lebanese descent and was born and raised in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. Nikki's father is considered to be "The Godfather Of Burlesque" and her family has been at the center of the nightclub adult entertainment industry for decades.
Now, Nikki is making a name for herself by branching off as her own business woman. Nikki is embodying the body of the woman by creating her very own Nude By Nikki lingerie intimate apparel where she aims to help all women feel beautiful about their shapes and sizes.
Aside from Nikki's business, life has taken an extreme turn for her. With the loss of her only brother, Nikki has been trying to cope with the tragedy and still maintain her business savvy while picking up the pieces that have been broken. Nikki has been trying to find love but has been exploring options in fear of losing someone close again.
Life has definitely had its twists and turns but Nikki is remaining strong and focusing on what is important which is keeping the legacy of the family together and striving to make her family proud, especially from her brother looking up from above.
The one-time "Princess of the Roc," Teairra Mari Thomas released her first album at the age of 16, and has been grinding in Hollywood as an actress and singer-songwriter ever since. But in recent years her entertainment career has taken a backseat to high-profile personal problems, most notably a recent assault charge. With her legal problems in therearview mirror, Teairra is determined to make it back on top, and this season she's got a manto lift her up -- Love & Hip Hop: New York's Cisco Rosado.
In October 2003 at the tender age of 16, she released her first album through Def Jam Records entitled Get Away. The album was a notable success, leading to an introduction with famed producer Daryl Simmons. Teairra's sophomore album, Roc-A-Fella Presents: Teairra Mari was released in 2005 and received critical acclaim for the song "Make Her Feel Good". The album reached the #5 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart and #2 on the Billboard R&B charts. It was at this point that her true road to stardom began. In 2008, she released the single "Hunt 4 U" and since then she has released several mixtapes and the EP Sincerely Yours.
Like most artists, Teairra is a jack of all trades and a master of many. Not only is she vocally talented, but she has also proved that her acting career is aiming for greatness. In 2010, she starred in the film Lottery Ticket alongside Ice Cube as the unattainable love interest of rapper/co-star Bow Wow.
While there is no denying her talent as a singer, Teairra has had a few public incidents which have resulted in her being tagged a hot-head. Nevertheless, she is now ready to continue focusing on her music and the entrepreneurial venture of her new blazer line, Blaze Hers.
An accomplished singer-songwriter, model, and mom, L.A.-native Moniece Slaughter is making some big changes in her personal life. She's six months deep into a same-sex relationship with Annette "A.D." Diggs, a successful businesswoman with her own apparel line. Moniece is determined to overcome her messy, self-sabotaging ways in the pursuit of happiness.
In 2003 Moniece joined an all-girl R&B group, Rhapsody. They were offered a deal with Clive Davis' mega label Jive Records. After leaving the group she began the pursuit of her solo career. She went on to sing the theme song for the hit television show America's Next Top Model and has written songs for the likes of Marques Houston and Akon. While at Konlive (Akon's production company) Moniece wrote and co-produced her first Solo mixtape titled SlaughterHouse.
Through her role on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Moniece has been able to showcase her latest music and create an active fan base through social media. On season two, she released smash single "Riches". During Season 3, Moniece will release her latest EP, The Naked Truth.
In addition to her work as a TV personality, singer/songwriter, and social media influencer, Moniece has appeared numerous times on stage as a host and performer in LA and Las Vegas. In her spare time, she runs her own business, Wet Coast Exotics, LLC.
Princess Love was born in Oakland, California and grew up in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas as well as the International Academy Of Design and Technology in Las Vegas.
The African American and Filipino beauty made her debut into the fashion world with her luxury clothing line, Princess Love. Princess plans to pursue her passion for elegance and expand her clothing brand by creating her harness line and purse line in Fall 2016.
Fresh from renewing her vows with Ray J. in Paris, Princess Love is back in Hollywood with plans to open her own nail spa... and start a family. But the Oakland-born fashion designer and entrepreneur struggles to focus Ray J.'s energy, and ultimately finds herself competing for time with his music career.
While making major strides in her entertainment career, Kalysha took a small break to prepare for the biggest and best addition to her life - her beautiful daughter with fellow artist Fetty Wap. On March 29, 2016, Kalysha and Maxwell welcomed their baby girl Khari Barbie Maxwell. During her entire pregnancy, Masika continued quietly working, and ultimately created, executive produced, and filmed her own television show for a major cable network.
Actress, singer, and entrepreneur Masika Kalysha Tucker hasappeared in over 50 music videos and performed in work alongside stars like Vivica A. Fox andMekhi Phifer. But she's probably best known as the mother to Fetty Wap's daughter KhariBarbie, a position that's led to social media conflict with his ex-girlfriend Alexis Skyy.
Simultaneously, Masika also continues to expand her acting career with projects that have placed her among the likes of Danny Trejo, Nick Chinlund, Kevin Grevioux, Mekhi Phifer, Vivica A. Fox and more. Also on the forward continuum, Masika's commercial and top brand endorsements range from Ford and Sally's Beauty Supply to Adidas and Intel Centrino computers.
Her early career start brought about starring appearances in more than 50 music videos with the likes of Lil Wayne, Future, Lenny Kravitz, Flo Rida, Trey Songz and more while working with top video directors Colin Tilley, Director X, and the Terrero brothers. Her vibrant modeling, acting, and television career have brought about features and covers in King Magazine, Smooth Magazine, The Source, and XXL to name few.
Today, Masika, Khari and the family's popular Pomeranian Miss Fancy Tucker, call Hollywood home. In her new role as Mommy, Masika has already started her Momtrepreneur work: creating and building multiple businesses for herself including a very special cosmetic line she's created for her daughter called Khari Barbie Beauty which launches this Fall. Within her career, Masika continues acting studies intensives and songwriting and collaborating with top musicians, producers and industry hit-makers.
As an artist, manager, publicist, brand consultant, and published author, Hazel-E isproving to the world that one woman can do it all. Basking in the success of her "Girl Code"lifestyle brand, Hazel returns to the franchise with the kind of confidence that only money canbuy. She's ready to stunt on all her haters, and she's doing it with a new man by her side -- 25-year-old aspiring rapper Rose Burgundy, for whom age ain't nothin' but a number. As long asRose treats Hazel like his queen, she's more than happy to bankroll their extravagant lifestyle.
It's been said that the perfect recording artist has a solid grasp of vocals and lyrics, and in Lyrica Anderson's case, she seamlessly has both. The Los Angeles native cut her teeth in songwriting for other artists while achieving her own success as she readied her latest project Hello. It's clear that Lyrica Anderson was born to take center stage.
Growing up, Lyrica's early years were spent in and out of the hospital. Born premature with her sister, Lyrica's twin fell consistently ill and ultimately passed away when they were both just three years old. "I feel like I'm carrying on our story for the both of us" Lyrica explains. Her mother is a singer/performer, who traveled the globe with superstars. "She named me Lyrica" she says of her unique moniker. "She just knew."
By 15, Lyrica was writing her own songs and performing them but as time progressed, superstardom became more of a journey than a destination. "It just wasn't taking off right away" she recalls and Lyrica opted to sell her songs to major artists while she perfected her craft. In doing so, Lyrica landed placements with artists like Mya and Demi Lovato, along with doing backing vocals for acts like Jennifer Lopez."I've always been an artist at heart; I just knew songwriting was a great avenue to open that door." Lyrica has penned songs for artists like Beyoncé, Jason Derulo, Tinashe, The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, Keri Hilson, Young Jeezy and Jennifer Hudson. Lyrica landed her first Number 1 on Billboard, penning the song "Pyramid" for Filipina singer Charice featuring Iyaz.
After years of writing songs for A-list artists like Timbaland, Beyonce,and Jennifer Lopez, Lyrica Anderson is ready for the world to finally hear her voice. But first she has to finish work on her debut album as an artist, no small task given that her producer -- and husband -- Floyd A1 Bentley is blowing up right now. Outspoken and hyper-ambitious, Lyrica will stop at nothing to get the album she wants, even if it means checking her husband and elbowing other female artists out of the way
While in her journey as a songwriter, Lyrica met a friend of Timbaland's who was familiar with her work. She was introduced to the superproducer and that same evening she jumped on Timbaland's song "Mentally" as part of his #TimbalandThursdays series (that track had the best response out of all 20 songs released). "It was a dream come true" Lyrica says of her first encounter with Timbaland. A few weeks later, she flew to Miami to write on Shock Value 3 and was later signed as an artist to Mosley Music Group. After almost two years of working on many projects together, she parted ways with Timbaland (while maintaining a close relationship with him) to pursue her solo endeavors..
In 2012, Lyrica released her debut project King Me, which she describes as a true R&B project. "I wanted to drop it for free to the fans that have been supporting me since day one to get an honest reaction from them. The response was so great I decided I'm going to keep going. Only this time I'm going harder." In 2014, King Me 2, the second release in the King Me Trilogy was born. The Empire Distribution EP charted #9 on the iTunes R&B charts and includes songs featuring Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Eric Bellinger, and others.
Enter 2015, and enter Hello - the project that will ultimately leave no question that Lyrica Anderson is a star who is here to stay. "We didn't treat it like an EP, a mixtape or even an LP" she says. "We treated this like we were going to the Grammy's the next day." Flanked by co-writer A1 Bentley and executive-producer Raphael Saadiq, Lyrica has found her voice with Hello. The project boasts key collaborations from Wiz Khalifa, Kash Doll, Problem, The Game to YG. This time, Lyrica is holding her own on the rhythmic lead single "Hello" and title song of the album, which similar to her previous record has a vibe reminiscent of the late Aaliyah. That's no coincidence as Anderson's worked extensively with Timbaland and Missy Elliott and lists the late Static Major and R. Kelly as other sources of inspiration. "People do compare my work a lot to Aaliyah" Lyrica says proudly. "I love her."
Although Lyrica has started her own solo project, her songwriting career continues to flourish. She was nominated for a Grammy for Album Of The Year, as a songwriter on Beyoncé's BEYONCÉ. She's also continuing her songwriting and has upcoming releases with Jason Derulo, Jeezy, Eric Bellinger, French Montana, Chris Brown, Afrojack, P. Diddy, and Armin Van Buuren - all while preparing for her debut album. One way or another, Lyrica Anderson will be a household name.
"Timbaland always told me: 'Make yourself hot' and that's what I'm here to do" Lyrica says. "I've finally come to the point where my music sounds how I want it to. It all fits perfectly now."
Dreux Pierre Frédéric, a.k.a. Lil' Fizz, is a rapper and actor best known as the youngest member of legendary '00's R&B group B2K. But these days, he's proudest of his roleas father to Kam, his 7-year-old son with Moniece Slaughter. In addition to a number of singles 3 in his creative pipeline, Fizz recently published a book about fatherhood entitled "No Excuses: Being the Father My Son Deserves."
Fizz was a member of the group B2K from 1998 to 2004 and was known as the rapper of the group. After the group broke up, he began his independent rapping career. His debut EP, Payday, was released in July 2007 on iTunes as a digital download release. Fizz reconnected with friend and former fellow B2K member J-Boog to launch a new record label, Popular Entertainment. In September 2009 they released a 5 song EP entitled Night Life, available for digital download on iTunes.
After joining the cast of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood in 2014, Fizz released the single "Famous" on iTunes, and in 2015 produced his own line of bath and body cosmetics called Good Lotion along with the 2015 single "Good Lotion", which received over 2 million views on YouTube.
In 2010 Fizz became a father to his child, Kamron, with ex-girlfriend Moniece Slaughter. Currently, Fizz has ventured into writing a book on fatherhood titled No Excuses (Being The Father My Son Deserves) and he also released a new 2016 single titled "Let Them Ball".
Floyd "A1" Bentley is an American Award winning producer/singer/songwriter from Kansas City, KS. Growing up on the rough side of KC facing many obstacles, A1 focused on music and basketball to stay out of trouble. A1 played college basketball for three years only to realize his passion was in music. Taking that step and deciding to drop out and pursue a career in the music industry led him to take the leap to the City Of Angels - Los Angeles, CA - in 2008, with only $800 in his pocket and a dream.
Not knowing what to expect, A1 took that chance but it didn't come easily. He found himself homeless until he met a well known person in the industry who helped him get off his feet. Raphael Saadiq (American singer/songwriter) opened the door of opportunity and the rest is history.
One year later, A1 got his big break and met Mike Caren, Senior VP of Atlantic records. Mike Caren gave A1 the opportunity to get his first placement for artist Trey Songz featuring Drake in their song, "Unusual". Fast Forward two years and A1 has now worked with the likes of Drake,Tyga, Robin Thicke, Big Sean, and Jason Derulo to name a few.
In Late 2015, A1 got recognized by mega superstar Chris Brown and they instantly had an amazing working chemistry which led to A1 becoming a part of Chris Brown's OHB family. A1 penned songs on the Royalty album including "Wrist", "Little Bit", and "Nobody". Chris Brown soon put out a mixtape (OHB) which A1 wrote half of and produced including the hit single "Grass Ain't Greener".
Celebrating the launch of his new record label and burning up thecharts on collaborations with Chris Brown, French Montana, and Trey Songz, Floyd 'A1' Bentleyis one of the hottest, most in-demand young producers in Hollywood. But there's a downside toall his success, as it's already placed a strain on his new marriage to Lyrica Anderson -- whowants A1 to focus on her finishing her debut album, potentially at the expense of otheropportunities.
Daughter of Grammy Award-winning producer, singer-songwriter, and musicianTeddy Riley, Nia Riley was born into Hollywood hip-hop royalty and has found her own niche asa model and social media influencer. After years of drama with rapper Soulja Boy, Nia is singleand ready to have fun in L.A.'s glamorous dating scene.
Nia took a break from modeling after giving birth to her daughter, Kamryn, but is now seeking to return to magazine covers while balancing motherhood and love. Nia is in an on-again-off-again relationship with rapper, Soulja Boy.
A former guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Daniel "Booby" Gibson left the NBA in 2015 to pursue his lifelong dream of rap stardom. But most of Booby's recent headlines have revolved around his stormy 6-year marriage to Keyshia Cole, with whom he navigates a complicated co-parenting relationship that has them living under one roof while attempting to lead separate lives. Booby is on a journey to make a name for himself in the musicbusiness, and to make peace with Keyshia for the sake of their son.
Cute and sexy but tough-as-nails, Alexis Skyy is a former exotic dancer making waves as an aspiring artist and entrepreneur with a massive social media following. From New York by way of Atlanta, she recently roared into L.A. on a quest for fame, fortune, love -- and revenge, against her online nemesis Masika Kalysha, who claims to have been Fetty Wap's main chick at the same time he was seeing Alexis.
A charismatic up-and-coming rapper straight outta the Dirty South, Solo Lucci has been making moves since he arrived in L.A. a few months ago -- collaborating with A1 in the studio and building out a roster of artists on his own label. He's also just started seeing Alexis Skyy, a messy, emotionally volatile relationship further complicated by the demands of Solo's baby's mother back in Atlanta.
With the release of her hit single "Girl Fight" in 2006, Brooke Valentine was one of the music industry's hottest rising stars. But then she turned her attention to songwriting and raising a special needs son, and her career as an artist cooled. A take-no-prisoners perfectionist, Brooke is finally back in the studio laying down tracks for a new album,while also keeping tabs on her man, rapper/songwriter Marcus Black -- with whom she's in an increasingly messy relationship that threatens to derail her long-awaited comeback.
Best known for his work with Keyshia Cole, K. Michelle, Remy Ma, and YoungThug, Zellswag is a celebrity stylist and Hollywood socialite who gets all the tea - and isn'tafraid to spill it! A close friend and confidante to Keyshia Cole, Zellswag also moves in the sametrouble-making circles as his girls Moniece, Masika, Nia, and Teairra. Honest to a fault, Zellswag isnotorious for keeping it 100 at all times with friends, enemies, and frenemies alike.
Best known as the co-host of MTV's "Ridiculousness," Chanel West 2Coast has spent the last decade quietly cultivating an impressive rap career -- collaborating withartists ranging from Robin Thicke to Snoop Dogg. Bouncing back from the end of her deal withLil' Wayne's Young Money Entertainment, Chanel is ready to kick her music into overdrive.Despite her beach babe looks, Chanel has a bold hip-hop attitude, and isn't afraid to checkanyone who gets in her way.
An ambitious female artist known for her powerhouse vocals, Bridget Kellygot a taste of fame back in 2009, when she toured with Jay-Z and performed “Empire State ofMind” in front of sold-out arena crowds. But when her deal at Roc-Nation ended in 2014 withouta finished album, it looked like her moment may have passed. A tough and resilient New Yorker,Bridget is determined to get a second chance, and just moved to Hollywood in pursuit of the topproducers and the hottest tracks.
A proud lesbian and successful entrepreneur with her own sneakershop and apparel line, Annette “A.D.” Diggs grew up around the L.A. club scene, but is seekingpeace and stability now that she’s in her thirties. Fiercely independent but madly in love withMoniece, A.D. has just decided that she’s ready to move in with her girlfriend -- but she might beless prepared for all the drama and messiness that’s certain to come.
Best known for his work with The Game, Marcus Black is one of the hottestup-and-coming rapper/songwriters in the business. Newly divorced, he's also a smooth, trouble-making ladies' man... much to the chagrin of his girlfriend Brooke Valentine. Torn between thewoman he loves and the temptations of the Hollywood scene, Marcus wants to have it all -- buthas to face the reality that he's at a major romantic crossroads.
Soulja Boy (born DeAndre Way) is a Grammy nominated and BET Award winning artist and a seasoned businessman, wielding all the hit making requirements: live entertainer, recording artist, music producer and entrepreneur. Soulja Boy has helped redefine the music industry by utilizing social media and engaging with fans.
Before the age of 18, his self-published single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and it later became a number-one Billboard hit in the United States for seven weeks. After the success of spreading his music through the Internet in 2004 and establishing his Stacks On Deck Music Group, Soulja Boy continued to be a pioneer in the music industry by managing a record label and creating a clothing line.
Throughout his career, Soulja Boy has definitely been a pioneer in music by being one of the first to use the internet to propel and maintain a strong fan base, creating history in the music industry and the way we digest media.
Most recently heard on the radio, Soulja Boy has collaborated with Nicki Minaj ("Yasss Bish"), Drake ("We Made It") , and Migos ("Actavis").
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Max Lux is a songwriter and rapper based in Los Angeles, California. Max began his career ghostwriting for a string of major artists. Max has written songs for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Davante Swing, T-Pain, Flo Rida , T.I., Trey Songz, Ray J, Lil Kim, Diggy Simmons and many more. Max has also done some ghostwriting for Lil Kim and toured with her as her hype man.
Max Lux is a two-time BMI award winner, and there is no end in sight. His passion for creating great music is his fuel to keep going and keep pumping out hit after hit. He is set to release a compilation album in 2016 that will also highlight his own music and artistry, led by the new hit single, "Romeo Must Die".
Max is known to be a top tier writer in the LA underground scene and is considered to be a industry Tastemaker. Max Lux is now set to take on the rap world and he truly is a force to be reckoned with.
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Rapper/actress/host/mover and shaker, Brandi is the entertainment industry's new "It Girl". It is due to hard work and reaching for the stars. Even as the Goddaughter of the late great, superstar, Whitney Houston, Brandi refused to take handouts.
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Brandi started out at the Lula Washington Dance School and excelled quickly, catching the eye of the William Morris Agency of Hollywood. She booked several national commercials such as Cover Girl, Lip Blast, and Diet Coke. Soon after, she landed a spot as Nick Cannon's co-star on Nickelodeon's hit television series, Snick House and various other roles.
The African-American and Korean diva made her movie debut in the hit comedy, Nora's Hair Salon. She made such an impression on her viewers that she was called to co-star in Nora's Hair Salon II alongside some of Hollywood's finest - Tatiana Ali, Jenifer Lewis, and Stacey Dash. Brandi is most noted for her role in VH1's hit reality show, For The Love Of Ray J where she was the co-host/advisor.
A budding entrepreneur, Brandi and her business partners had a successful launch with their Luv Indian Hair line and have plans to expand globally. A fashion icon in the making, Brandi has launched her own clothing line called SMAC, a brand that empowers all people, who like her, refuse to take any smack. In addition, Brandi is also moving forward with her philanthropic efforts by supporting her sister, Amber Capers Burnside, an MS survivor, with her project We Are Immune.
Brandi has no intentions of stopping now. This triple threat is not just an actress and host. She can rap like no other. Her rap duo, Queenz, is already making big moves and gaining respect from industry greats. She is a force to reckoned with and is definitely here to stay!
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Former member of R&B group Day 26 and Chicago-based group Kwiet Storm, Willie Taylor is a singer, songwriter, producer, actor, author, and CEO of Noviak Music Group.
Catapulted into the spotlight after starring in Diddy's MTV hit show Making The Band 4, Willie achieved national success with Day 26 with back to back Billboard #1 albums (self-titled Day26 and Forever In A Day) with hits like "Got Me Going" off their 2008 self-titled album and "Imma Put It On Her" featuring P. Diddy and Young Joc off their 2009 follow-up release Forever In A Day. Day 26 was nominated for an American Music Award (AMA) and was nominated twice at the BET Awards for Best Group where they won the coveted title in 2009. In addition, the group received nominations from The Image, Teen Choice, and Urban Music Awards.
In 2009, the singer appealed to the lovers when he released his mixtape entitled Sextape on his Noivak Music label. The mixtape received over 2 million downloads and Willie gave a second offering with his mixtape The Reintroduction Of Willie Taylor in 2012. Adding to his list of accomplishments, Willie has worked with numerous artist including P. Diddy, Rick Ross, Babyface, Tank, Jeremih, and the list goes on and on. He also co-wrote songs with Avant for his Director album and Syleena Johnson's 2014 release Couples Therapy.
In addition to his musical talents, Willie is no stranger to the stage or screen. In 2012 he starred as Darrell in David E Talbert's musical stage play A Fool and His Money (BET, Netflix) along side Eddie Griffin, Michael Beach, and Cindy Herron. He followed up that role by appearing as Jameel "Goody" Goodloe in the Christian Keyes film Note To Self (Netflix). Other Stage plays includes Meet The New First Lady and How To Love. In 2015 Willie also stared in the new BET movie Couples Therapy alongside Syleena Johnson, Dave Hollister, and Leela James. Up next, Willie will be playing Pretty Boy in the film Chocolate City 2 due to be released this Fall.
Willie is a featured celebrity player on 2K Sports video game NBA2K13. In 2008, Willie received hometown recognition when Harvey, IL, a Chicago suburb where he was raised, named a street in his honor (Willie Taylor Ave).
The stage has been set and Willie is showing no signs of slowing down.
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Shanda Denyce Taylor was born and raised in the Chicago area and is one of seven children. Being a part of a family where her father was a drummer, producer, and writer for Grammy Award winning R. Kelly, her love for the industry grew and she knew she was destined to become an inspiring artist and performer.
Shanda met her husband, Willie Taylor, formerly of Day26, at the young age of 16 while he worked with her R&B/Pop girl group, X'clusive. She put her career on hold because she was blessed with two beautiful children by the name of Kavion and Layla-Marie.
Known as a dancer who inspired others, Shanda became an exotic dancer and helped to keep her family afloat while her husband focused on his craft. She joined another girl group alongside Apryl Jones that didn't work out but she gained a great friend in the process.
Recently relocated to LA with her family, Shanda is focused on making her mark in the entertainment industry.
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Jason Lee is one of Hollywood's most notable entertainment personalities and entrepreneurs. Jason specializes in lifestyle, branding, and media strategy as he continues to build a versatile brand as a brand ambassador, event producer, celebrity relationship connector, and CEO of The Conglomerate Group (TCG).
Since its inception in 2010, Lee has worked with array of celebrity clients including Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks, Kris Jenner, Rob Kardashian, Jamie Foxx, and the men's US National Soccer team. Made famous for producing For The Love Of R&B, a live show in Hollywood celebrating Kelly Price, Faith Evans and more, Lee became responsible for the last public performance and appearance of the late great Whitney Houston. Lee continues to create new ingenious opportunities in the entertainment industry. Lee has since trademarked For The Love Of R&B and celebrated the memory of Whitney with the likes of her dear friends Queen Latifah, Jordin Sparks, Kim Burrell, Mario and others - making it the R&B event of the Grammy week.
Lee added "brand ambassador" to his list of titles and has worked with brands such as T-Mobile, Monster Headphones, Audi, 2VLive, and Quarterly. Lee was responsible for introducing these brands to the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Soulja Boy, Brandy, and many more artists. During the 2013 BET Awards weekend in Los Angeles, Lee utilized his brand relationships with T-Mobile and Interscope Records to co-host a successful Blogger Brunch with Karen Civil which highlighted pop culture's notable urban and mainstream entertainment bloggers and the event featured celebrity guests such as The Game, Omarion, Omarosa, Mateo, Don Benjamin and more.
Lee's roots are deeply embedded in community and showing the power of getting celebrities involved in giving back. In a strategic partnership with Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, Lee led the national response to the verdict in Florida. The One Million People United For Change #ForTrayvonCampaign raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in awareness through a creative social media campaign. Although known for his passion for service, activism, and celebrity connections, Lee's versatility in entertainment led him to being in the forefront of celebrity news.
Lee first became infamous in the blogsphere as the Editor-in-Chief of Hollywood Unlocked - one of the nation's Top 25 Urban and Entertainment brands. Jason Lee has dominated the blogosphere with a unique web space experience and exclusive content garnered from his celebrity friends and associates.In a huge production move in 2014, Lee signed a development/production deal with Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit. In 2015, Lee signed on as a cast member of the popular VH1 series Love & Hip Hop Hollywood with a global audience of 6 million dedicated weekly viewers.
Expanding his talents to radio, Lee recently collaborated with long time friend Melyssa Ford and Floyd Mayweather's world famous business entity The Money Team to bring Dash radio Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored.
With creative ideas that span from TV and radio, internet and live production, coupled with his industry influence and celebrity relationships, Jason Lee has become an unstoppable creative force to be reckoned with.
Entrepreneur, fitness guru, cover model, world-renown Hip-Hop video vixen, and elite ballet dancer are just a few titles Dominican Republic beauty Rosa Acosta holds. Her charming personality, coveted physique, and warm smile have made Rosa one of the most sought after personalities and garnered her the crown of "XXL Hottest Eye Candy Of All Time".
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Rosa started classical ballet studies at the age of four at the Centro de la Cultura in Santiago. She later moved on to the Instituto de Cultura y Arte (ICA) where she excelled as one of the most gifted students at the academy. Upon graduating with honors from ICA and The Ballet School Of Norma Garcia with a Bachelor's Degree in Art with mention to Classical Ballet, Rosa joined the Ballet Nacional Dominicano as the youngest soloist member in 2002. As a dancer and actress, she performed in all major classical and modern shows including Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Diana & Acteon, Carmen, Paquita, Coppellia, and Victor Victoria (musical). The rising star was nominated twice by the Secretaria de Estado de la Juventud for her work in the Cultural Development category.
Rosa Acosta embarked on a modeling career in 2004, appearing in magazines and TV commercials for the most prestigious Dominican enterprises. In 2006 she decided to leave home and join her mother in the United States where she continued to work as a model and actress, performing in music videos for artists including Aventura, Alexis y Fido featuring Tobby Love, Coscuello, Jowell y Randy, Baby Ranks, Fuego, LDA, Omega, Amarfis y la Banda de Ataque and more.
Rosa's career took a major turn when she taped a series of videos showcasing her amazing flexibility as a professional dancer. The stretching videos garnered millions of views on YouTube and other websites which launched her into the national spotlight and catching the attention of elite Hip-Hop artists such as Kanye West who invited her to be a lead model in the music video for Drake's hit song "Best I Ever Had". Her career skyrocketed and she instantly became a celebrity vixen appearing in dozens of other videos with the most famous Rap and R&B artists like Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana, Mario featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett, 50 Cent, P. Diddy and Dirty Money, Mike Posner, Soulja Boy, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Swizz Beats, Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, and Booba (one of the most famous rappers in France).
While appearing in blockbuster music videos, Rosa Acosta's buxom body graced the covers of major magazines such as KING, FHM, Spanish Maxim, Maxim, Maxim Czech Republic, Smooth, JM, Black Men, Show, Girls Of Lowriders, XXL, The Source, Giant, Shock, Straight Stuntin, and American Curves. In 2009, Terry Richardson photographed Rosa for the Supreme Campaign, and her Playstation 3 theme is one of the most downloaded of its kind. In 2010, she won three Urban Model Awards including Model of The Year, and Rosa also became a Fitness Competitor/Personality, participating in the NYC Metropolitan Championships.
In 2012 the Dominican street-stopper was crowned XXL Magazine's "Hottest Eye Candy Of All Time", beating out numerous other video vixens to grab the fan-favorite title of hottest eye candy model in the past 15 years. She was featured in a special edition spread in XXL's celebratory 15th Anniversary September issue. Rosa also made her debut as the face of 9Five Eyewear in its Summer 2012 Campaign, appealing to the urban skater demographic.
Rosa says "baring al" on magazine covers will soon become a thing of the past as she focuses on expanding her career. The fitness star and entrepreneur recently launched her fitness clothing line "Body By Rosa Acosta" which is available for purchase on www.RosaAcosta.com and www.Cossamia.com. She is also working on an accompanying fitness DVD to be released soon.
The budding actress has participated in Telemundo's Spanish show 12 Corazones and has worked for Univision and Mun2. Rosa starred in Hot 97's online video series Los Blancos which followed the adventures of two sisters at the helm of their family's cocaine business. "The show is like The Sopranos but from the perspective of women leading the busines, with a Spanish twist" explains Rosa. The 8-episode series aired online in Summer 2016. Rosa will also appear in the upcoming Fuse TV show The Hustle next March, playing the role of a sexy troublemaker in the "urban Entourage" new series. While working on her business ventures, Rosa continues to host events worldwide and will appear as a celebrity host on the cable show Comedy After Dark with Jenna Jameson, Trina, and Catalino.
Rosa Acosta's professional dance talents, amazing physique, love for fitness, and an affinity for professionalism have opened unprecedented doors for her career as a Dominican Republic native and worldwide superstar. The best is yet to come!
Seasons 1 + 2
Omarion is a Grammy Award nominated, platinum-selling R&B star. Now, as a solo artist, he is embarking on a new album for Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group Atlantic Records, titled Sex Playlist. With the success of his single "Post To Be", Omarion has risen to new heights in his career.
A former member of the massively popular boy band, B2K, the group lit up the scene with "Uh Huh" in 2002 which reached #1 on the U.S. Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs charts. The group headlined three popular Scream Tours, and appeared in the hit film You Got Served, before breaking up in the midst of scandal and turmoil.
Omarion and his girlfriend Apryl Jones were recently blessed with their first child, Megaa.
Seasons 1 + 2
After graduating from college and abandoning a career in the medical field, Apryl moved to L.A. from Chicago as a member of a girl group called Cellareign, which soon split. As a singer who classifies herself as a mix of R&B and Pop, Apryl sought out her big break for several years, even reaching the final auditions for American Idol, Pussycat Dolls, and Making The Band.
Apryl met her boyfriend, Omarion, through their mutual fitness trainer and the two began a relationship as friends. Apryl also occasionally performed as a background singer on his tours. The two had their first child, Megaa, last year and are happily balancing life on the road with him.
Richard "Rich Dollaz" Trowers, CEO and Founder of Dollaz Unlimited, entered the music industry as an ambitious and hungry intern, then became one of the most sought after radio promotion gurus, to now managing the hottest R&B and Hip Hop artists on radio to date. Dollaz's strong presence in the industry has not just brought him street credibility but corporate integrity.
With his liquor, 79Gold, in over 23 states and overseas, he continues to expand his empire and is working on his book on surviving and thriving in the industry. Dollaz has recently started a foundation for battered women and children in Memphis called Miracles House Of Restoration.
Since Season 2, Rich has been a mainstay on Love & Hip Hop. Due to his recent relationship with Moniece Slaughter, Rich joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood for its second season.
Miles Brock is a rapper/songwriter born and raised in the heart of LA. He is a former member of West Coast R&B sensation, Marz Boiz. Miles has been featured in several films including the The Broom Wedding and This Christmas.
Outside of his entertainment endeavors, Miles also has degrees in both Math and Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Miles is currently in pursuit of a medical degree but with a long history of acting and modeling, his passion for music has always been his number one priority. Miles has worked with several artists and producers including Tone Bone, Dope, Ashad and fellow castmates, Max Lux and Amber aka "Fabb Abb".
Born on the south side of Chicago, Milan moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2008 to pursue his rapping/producing & modeling career. He found his niche in the entertainment industry in the city of Angels rather swiftly, appearing on TV shows like Nip Tuck, The Doctors, and 12 Corozones, as well as commercials for brands like Red Bull, Chase Bank, and Virgin Mobile. Soon after Milan starting doing doing music videos with Kanye West, The Game, Lil Wayne, & Neyo.
It wasn't until Milan worked with Beyoncé that he realized he wanted to focus on his solo rap career and concentrate on his own brand. Milan released his EDM rap single "Burning Up" which earned him the spot of the number 1 indie artist in the country 6 weeks in a row on Digital Radio tracker.
Still writing and producing music for himself and working with other artists, Milan has also expanded his brand to modeling, a teeth whitening facility, and he is starting his own underwear line.
Amber Laura aka "Fabb Abb" is a singer, rapper and songwriter. She is a former member of the two-girl group, LisaRio. After departing from her group, Amber went on to pursue a career in modeling. However, Amber couldn't deny her passion for music.
This Los Angeles native dove head first into the rap game as a solo artist. Amber worked on her first EP since going solo, which dropped in Fall 2015.
Berg grew up in a wealthy Chicago family before running away to New York at fifteen and landing a record deal with mega-star rapper DMX's Bloodline imprint on Warner Bros. Records. His first album, 'Look What You Made Me', was released Summer of 2008, and was soon followed by a chart-topping collaboration with castmate Ray J on the quadruple platinum single "Sexy Can I".
After a successful career as an artist, Berg has established himself as a "Hitmaka" behind the scenes, writing and producing for Fifth Harmony, Meek Mills, TLC, and Leighton Meester. Other artists who have sought out his unique skill set include French Montana, Sean Kingston, and Jim Jones.
Along the way, he has produced or written for a slew of popular records, including the Grammy-nominated "John" for Lil Wayne ft. Rick Ross, "Snap-Backs & Tattoos" for Driicky, and the Grammy-nominated "The One" for Tamar Braxton. Berg was also featured on DJ Infamous' "Double Cup" with Fat Jeezy, Ludacris, Juicy J, and The Game. He was recently brought on to help on Diddy's latest project, and is also working with Nicki Minaj on her 'Pink Print' album.
Morgan Hardman is the well-known and respected celebrity concierge to a number of prominent celebrities and professional athletes. Morgan has also worked as assistant director and second to the AD on videos for artists such as Chris Brown, P. Diddy, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Keisha Cole, Fat Joe and many more.
However, since 2006, Morgan's number one client and confidant has been Ray J. While Morgan is passionate about her busy career in the entertainment industry, her main focus and the love of her life is her 11 year old son, LaCorey.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Amanda is currently studying at the prestigious Fashion Institute Of Design and Merchandising, majoring in Product Development. She is the owner/designer of urban streetwear line, 18K.
During Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Season 1, Amanda was dating rapper, Fizz, formerly of the group B2K.