Hailed by XXL magazine as "the most consistent female rapper of all time," Trina has maintained her spot as Miami's Diamond Princess ever since she burst onto the scene in 1998 on Trick Daddy's hit song "Nann" — their first of many collaborations. Trina's audacious, sex-positive lyrics and iconic "Baddest Bitch" persona set the tone for two decades of female-driven hip-hop, inspiring an entire generation of women on the mic.
While Trina appeared to be on top of the world, happily settled with her boyfriend Ray and celebrating the rollout of her long-awaited album "The One," she was quietly struggling with caring for her terminally ill mother and best friend, Vernessa. Season 3 of Love & Hip Hop Miami finds Trina picking up the pieces after her mother's death and starting an ambitious new chapter in her career — assembling a tour that celebrates the next wave of up-and-coming female artists. Determined to live life to the fullest on her own terms, Trina's on a mission to finally achieve happiness in all things love and hip-hop.
Straight out of Liberty City's "Pork 'n' Beans" housing projects, Maurice "Trick Daddy" Young overcame a childhood surrounded by drugs and violence to emerge as one of the hottest rappers of the 90s and the self-proclaimed "Mayor of the 305." More than twenty years later, after eight full-length studio albums and collaborations with everyone from DJ Khaled to Young Jeezy and, of course, Trina, Trick is expanding his focus to new endeavors. Chief among them is Sunday's Eatery, a new, wildly successful soul-food restaurant he opened in Miami Gardens. Trick's other big project? Romance. As lawyers iron out the details of his divorce from Joy, Trick's looking for love after marriage, and he may (or may not) have found it with Nikki Natural, a model and aspiring rapper who's looking to make a name for herself on the Miami scene. Season 3 finds Trick navigating the perils of a new relationship in a city full of temptation and deception.
An exotic dancer turned singer, actress and television superstar, Joseline Hernandez rocketed to fame as an O.G. cast member on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, where she grabbed the spotlight with her stunning looks, meme-able quotes and take-no-prisoners personality. For nearly five years, the show documented Joseline's stormy relationship with record producer Stevie J and her equally volatile dynamics with the ladies of the cast.
After an extended hiatus, Joseline is making her eagerly anticipated return to the franchise on Season 3 of Love & Hip Hop Miami. Centered and refreshed, Joseline is ready to focus on her music career as she raises daughter Bonnie Bella and marches to the altar with her fiancé, Miami-based producer Balistic Beats. She's also ready to shake things up and take the 305 social scene by storm — and rumor has it, she already has a score or two to settle. After two years away, the Puerto Rican Princess is coming out to play!
Born and raised in Miami with proud Dominican roots, Amara La Negra has seen her profile skyrocket as a face of the movement to promote Afro-Latinx culture and visibility. Named Billboard's "Artist on the Rise" and an "Artist You Need to Know" by Rolling Stone, she's also been anointed the music industry's next big thing.
But now, on the verge of releasing her long-awaited debut album, Amara finds herself at a personal and professional crossroads. For the first time in years, she's in a serious relationship, with bachata singer Emjay, who happens to be the brother of Shay Johnson and wants to start a family with Amara ASAP. For Amara, who's been performing since she was a child, this is the era that will make or break her career, and hitting pause to have a baby could unravel decades of grind and hustle. This season, Amara is on a quest to prove that winning at love and winning at hip-hop don't have to be mutually exclusive.
An army brat who grew up in Hawaii, Atlanta, and Milwaukee, Shay Johnson made a name for herself as a model and video vixen before finding fame as a reality television mainstay, sharing her life with millions of viewers over the last 10 years. After two seasons of failed relationships and thrown ice cream cones, Season 3 finds Shay at a new, more mature phase in her life. Still recovering from the trauma of her fibroid surgery, Shay is focused on her wellness business, along with philanthropic efforts in partnership with her brother Emjay, who's in a serious relationship with Amara La Negra. Shay's sisterly bond with Amara and her new zen approach to life may be tested when Amara considers a reconciliation with Shay's archnemesis Jojo, setting the stage for emotional fireworks and, perhaps, more wig-snatching drama.
As cousin to rap legend Trina, Bobby Lytes has music in his DNA. After two seasons of hustle and grind, he's still determined to make a name for himself as an openly gay rapper in what can seem to be a homophobic industry. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, the Miami native has been grabbing more than his fair share of blog headlines, thanks to nonstop social media beefs and his recent arrest at a Fort Lauderdale nightclub. Season 3 finds Bobby trying to chart a more mature path for himself, as he launches a new skincare line and helps broker peace between Amara and Jojo. But old habits die hard, and it may only be a matter of time before Bobby's messy tendencies get the best of him.
After collaborating with Lil Wayne, Flo Rida and Rick Ross, Opa-locka, FL, native Brisco appeared to make a breakthrough onto the hip-hop A-list as his deeply personal rap tracks garnered critical acclaim and a growing fan base. Then he was convicted on federal fraud charges. Three and a half years later, Brisco is a free man and inching his way back into Miami's hip-hop scene. But has the industry moved on? Love & Hip Hop Miami Season 3 follows Brisco's uphill battle to the top, as he completes his comeback album "Black Roses" and struggles to repair the relationships that fell by the wayside while he was locked up. Chief among them? Chello, his one-time fiancée and the mother of his child, who called it quits with Brisco after one too many mistakes.
With more than 600,000 followers on Instagram, Sukihana is a self-made, social media superstar. Known for her outrageous looks, raunchy stunts and catchy viral tracks (including "Blame Trina"), Sukihana attracts fans with her fearless attitude and raw sense of humor. Although she makes it look easy, Sukihana's road to Insta-fame has been anything but. A high-school dropout, Sukihana had the first of her three children when she turned 18, igniting her motivation to succeed. Sukihana arrives in the 305 on the verge of a new era in her career, ready to transition from "IG rapper" to "legitimate artist" via Trina's tour. But the loud, opinionated and confrontational Sukihana is used to doing things on her own terms, and she may be unwilling to make compromises or sacrifice her independence for mainstream success.
An authentic, tough-as-nails rapper with hustle and heart, Liberty City native Hood Brat is still working toward her breakthrough moment. A couple of years ago, she was on the verge of big things when her rap duo The Stepsisters was signed by Trina. But the sister act broke up, and now Hood Brat is trying to shine as a solo MC. When it comes to putting in work, Hood Brat has no ego — she moonlights as a bartender and as a makeup artist and will do whatever it takes to finance her dream. This season tracks Hood Brat's efforts to make it big as she comes aboard Trina's tour while completing her full-length album "Hood Baby." For Hood Brat, the pursuit of fame has higher-than-usual stakes, as she's determined to provide a better life for the children of her late sister.
Entertainer and entrepreneur PreMadonna has come a long way from the Overtown streets of her childhood. The self-made success story started back in 2008 when, after the birth of her second son and in need of some extra coin, PreMadonna created a door-to-door business selling waist trainers. That business grew into the Miami-based Waist Gang Society, a company that exploded in popularity once customers discovered it on Instagram.
Millions of dollars in sales later, PreMadonna is focused on growth and expanding her empire into kitchenware — including a line of specially branded pressure cookers. She's also spending more time on her music, having recently released her full-length album "Premeditated, Vol. 2," and on her family, raising three kids in Atlanta with her husband, Buck Thomas. But being a long-distance boss has its downsides. In recent months, the employees at her Miami warehouse have "run amok," putting a dent into waist trainer sales and forcing PreMadonna to head over to Miami on an extended trip to straighten out her business. While she's there, can she repair relationships with some of the friends and family she left behind in her single-minded pursuit of success?
Known as Trina's cousin and Trick Daddy's soon-to-be ex-wife, Miami native Joy Young is so much more than that. An entrepreneur and woman-about-town with more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment and beauty industries, Joy is currently a nightclub promoter, the CEO of New Roots Extensions and the owner of a successful hookah rental business. After two seasons of pressuring Trick Daddy to officially end their marriage, Season 3 opens with the couple finally on the verge of signing divorce papers — only to discover that breaking up isn't easy, especially when you share friends, family and a 17-year history. And when conflict erupts between Joy and Trick's new girlfriend, the situation forces the two exes to reconsider their roles in each other's lives moving forward.
Born in Mexico City and raised in Miami, the always fashionable Jojo Zarur was studying pre-law and politics at Stanford University when she met Young Thug, who inspired her to launch a career as a professional celebrity stylist in 2015. But although her client list has grown to include music industry A-listers like Rich Homie Quan, Offset and T-Pain, Jojo has never quite won the approval of her father, a wealthy international businessman who wants her to go back to school and abandon the hip-hop lifestyle. No longer dependent on her parents, this season finds Jojo learning to stand on her own two feet — in life and love — as she collaborates with Tommy Hilfiger on a high-stakes fashion line and navigates a relationship with her new boyfriend, Big Larry, an ambitious young club promoter who's looking to take over the 305. Meanwhile, Jojo makes moves to repair her friendship with Amara, but faces a significant obstacle in the form of Amara's future sister-in-law Shay Johnson.
Artist, songwriter and actor Emjay arrives on the Miami scene with a couple of very strong cast connections — he's Shay Johnson's brother and Amara La Negra's boyfriend. Although Emjay and Amara's relationship turned romantic over the past year, the couple have been friendly for some time, as they bonded over their mutual love of Latin music. A self-taught Spanish speaker (and singer), Emjay's talent caught the attention of international bachata star Romeo Santos, with whom he toured and performed for two and a half years. Since then, Emjay has collaborated with some of the industry's top producers, including Rico Love, Jazze Pha and Dallas Austin. Now, he's looking forward to a very special collaboration with Amara La Negra: starting a family. But Emjay's likely to meet resistance from those in Amara's camp — including her manager, Jullian, and her beloved mother, Mami Ana — who think it's a mistake to hit pause on her career.
As the star attraction at Miami's infamous King of Diamonds strip club, Miami Tip stunned audiences with her gravity-defying routines. Then, in 2012, she fell off a 35-foot pole, an accident so severe that she lost a kidney, went into a coma for a week and had to have the entire left side of her face reconstructed. After a two-year hiatus, a resilient Miami Tip returned to the stage like nothing happened. Since then, she's steadily diversified her hustles and business interests, dabbling in music, opening a hookah lounge and starting a management company. Season 3 finds Miami Tip acting as a much-needed, straight-talking voice of reason amid the chaos of the 305, whether it's giving her client Sukihana a reality check or bringing a brand-new PreMadonna back down to earth.
In a business where longevity is the exception to the rule, Diamond "Baby Blue" Smith is exceptional, having accumulated a massive fan base over a decades-long career as one-fourth of the chart-topping, platinum-selling R&B supergroup Pretty Ricky. A nonstop hustler, Baby Blue is more than a heartthrob — he's also a BMI Award–winning songwriter, producer and burgeoning A&R executive. Season 3 finds Baby Blue back in Miami after a wildly successful — and wildly dramatic — run on the Millennium Tour, as he figures out what's next when it comes to family, music and love.
Pretty Ricky is an American R&B/hip hop group from Miami, Florida. Pretty Ricky originally consisted of two brothers: Diamond "Baby Blue" Smith and "Spectacular" Blue Smith, along with cousin Corey "Slick Em" Mathis and family-friend Marcus "Pleasure P" Cooper. Pleasure P is the group's only singer while the rest of them take roles as rappers.
Pretty Ricky had great success with albums such as Late Night Special and Bluestars. After Pleasure P's rocky departure, the R&B boy band that ruled the charts in 2005 with hits like "Grind With Me" and "Your Body", is reuniting for a final time. However, Pleasure P's over-protective girlfriend Shay Johnson has her doubts about this group getting back together.
Born and raised in Miami, Rubin "Khaotic" McFadden's passion for the 305 is matched only by his passion for music. With a sound he describes as a fusion of R&B, pop and hip-hop, Khaotic has already netted collaborations with Rick Ross and Kevin Gates, and he's steadily gathering industry cosigns. A survivor of 17 gunshot wounds, Khaotic is as authentic as they come, but his constant run-ins with the law could ultimately prove detrimental to his career — he's still awaiting the outcome of a high-stakes court case related to last season's police pursuit and car crash. Fortunately, he's not going through it alone. Season 3 finds Khaotic in a hilarious up-and-down situationship with IG comedian and aspiring artist Sukihana.
Inspired by Lil' Kim and Drake, rapper-singer and Jacksonville native KaMillion roars into Love & Hip Hop Miami on a mission to take her career to the next level. Known in the industry for her edgy and raunchy lyrical style, KaMillion has penned tracks for high-profile artists like Diddy, Trey Songz, Rihanna and more. She's also completed two solo tours as an independent artist, capitalizing on her vast following on social media. Season 3 finds KaMillion coming aboard Trina's tour project, a big opportunity that could also mean big drama. Headstrong and competitive, KaMillion is used to being the star of her shows — so sharing the stage with the other ladies and their forceful personalities could make for a combustible combination.
Although her Instagram tells one story, there's more to Nikki Natural than meets the eye. A model and aspiring rapper who's worked with Birdman and Khaotic, she's also a mother of three with a degree in criminal justice who enjoys coaching her daughter's basketball team. Nikki Natural is in a relationship with Trick Daddy, and while some of the cast are giving the side-eye to the odd-couple pairing, she's more than capable of sticking up for herself. Despite her small stature and youthful looks, Nikki Natural's got a forceful personality and a fierce will, and she stays ready to set the record straight when haters lie on her name.
Richard Morales, a.k.a. Gunplay, transitioned from the streets of Miami to the music industry, and he's been in the game long enough for his dreams to become a reality. Living in Miami isn't always easy for Gunplay due to his past lifestyle; however, with his career as priority number one, he's ready to focus on getting to the next level. Gunplay admits his long-term battle with drugs and alcohol has negatively impacted his career, family, friends and relationships. He's continuously working on maintaining his sobriety and leveling up in the game. Gunplay's ready to face all of life's tests, from love to hip hop. With the successful release of his new 2018 album "ACTIVE," Gunplay's already proving he's ready to mash the gas and crank it into fourth gear.
Jessie Woo has won over the hearts of Instagram audiences worldwide with her wit, humor and dynamic personality as the "Haitian Princess." Her appeal isn't limited to her 60-seconds skits on social media -- she's graced several TV outlets, hosting red carpets and playing correspondent, as well as hitting the comedy circuit with her stand-up routines. Notwithstanding, her famous "Seester Talks" are hot tickets from the Big Apple to the shores of the Pacific in Cali. Little known fact: Jessie's passion for show biz came from her passion for singing. Jessie returns to her hometown of Miami to chase the bag and her original dream: music. Her return to Miami isn't as joyous as she'd hoped for, as she deals with the ghosts of her pasts and jealous rivals of the present.
Keyara Stone may be from Chicago, but she has definitely come into her own in Miami. Keyara won over the world after taking control of her chaotic relationship with Gunplay, and now it's time to put the spotlight on herself. This year, Keyara's focusing on spreading her wings with her accessory company Vain and exploring her independence, but it's not all fun and games. As a survivor of a drive-by shooting in Chicago, she battles PTSD daily. Her realization of the fragility of life has definitely pushed her to focus on the importance of happiness in the now. She isn't so certain Gunplay aligns with her happiness, especially after finding out it still goes down in the DMs.
Last season, Prince and Liz's relationship fell apart after a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Liz has been keeping busy -- she's hosting at the hottest clubs in South Beach and living her best Miami life. She never lost sight of the prize, and she maintains her desire to get back together with her one true Prince Charming. This time around, Liz and Prince are trying to make it work, but like any couple, they have their fair share of obstacles to overcome. When it comes to friends and family getting involved is a relationship, anything can happen.
Heralded as a Queen of Nightlife in Miami, DJ Michelle Pooch has been a fixture on the South Beach scene for years, first as a promoter and host, then as a DJ, and now as a business owner. Pooch recently launched Get Nailed Bar, a sexy, modern nail salon complete with a bar -- and of course, turntables. You can find Pooch supporting her girlfriends and her long-time friend Trick Daddy. Pooch is always one to make a statement with a fierce look or fiery words at all the hottest parties in Miami. Michelle isn't interested in being the Queen of Nightlife in Miami; she just wants to be the queen, period.
When it comes to love, Marcus "Pleasure P" Cooper ain't too proud to beg, plead or please. No stranger to collaborating, Pleasure finds himself balancing his ability to maintain his relationships with his old bandmates while creating fresh new sounds on his own. Pleasure wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his family and bandmates, but when it comes to women, he finds himself constantly questioning matters of the heart. As he moves forward with a rising solo career and traverses romances, he hasn't turned his back on the past, which proves to be a prevalent roadmap for his journey this year.
Prince Michael Harty was born in Miami and never left the Sunshine State. Prince has created a network and name for himself as a top host and promoter for the hottest venues on South Beach, providing VIP service to celebrities, athletes and socialites. Prince's priorities are challenged as he battles rumors threatening the future of his relationship with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Liz. These days, Prince finds himself testing the waters in Miami outside the clubs and inside the studio working on his true calling: music. Things are not always smooth sailing for Prince; this season, he's navigating rough waters regarding personal relationships, buzzworthy friendships and gossip-mongers, but his commitment to following his passion keeps him rooted deep in the white sands of South Beach.
Spectacular Smith is a businessman -- and a business, man. Spectacular has come a long way from dancing in red underwear with his own business empire Adwizar, his own record label Mula Music Group and a top-selling book "Spectacular Love: How to Make Good Love Last." Living out in Los Angeles, he's creating his own legacy and his own family with a wedding on the horizon, but the city of Miami will always be home, and that's where the heart is. His brothers onstage (and in blood) wait for him in the 305, and it's up to him to get Pretty Ricky back to its former glory by any means necessary. The fans deserve one last album, and Spectacular finds himself going to uncomfortable lengths for his family and for Pretty Ricky's legacy. His scorched relationship with his father and former Pretty Ricky manager Big Blue are the greatest challenges in Spec's quest to regroup both the family and the band.
Veronica Vega is out to prove she is more than a word. Not one to shy away from controversy, Vega owns who she is and isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Proud of her Latin roots, this singer, writer, dancer and all-around performer has her eyes on the prize and isn't letting up. Her crass and unfiltered approach to music and life keeps everyone on their toes and wondering what she'll do next, especially standing adversaries Amara La Negra and "millonairess" Jojo Zarur. Never without a statement piece, Vega always manages to turn heads when she enters a room. This year, Vega is working tirelessly to live up to the expectations set out before her while clearing the air over past misconceptions. Vega is driven by her desire to please her super producer Polow da Don, who has risked it all for Vega to make it; however, her ultimate begetter is her family, and she's stopping at nothing to secure the bag and create a legacy in honor of her late grandfather.
Elijah Alexander Sarraga, known artistically as Young Hollywood, is a world-renowned producer and engineer from Miami. Young Hollywood has successfully worked with numerous international artists because of his versatile musical productions. Most recently, Young Hollywood's biggest movement is revolutionizing trap music and merging it with the Latin market. He stays busy signing artists to Young Hollywood Music Group and merging sounds to create something unique and fresh, and he's teamed up with newcomer Khaotic to create an undeniable "new Miami" sound. Young Hollywood is working on cranking out hits and building up a roster on his label. There is no doubt Young Hollywood has grown as an artist professionally and also personally. Young Hollywood is removing himself from drama and turning over a new leaf.
Taylor Hing, aka Chinese Kitty, was born in Brooklyn, but she's fully embraced the spicy Miami lifestyle. She is a rising star on the music scene with support from local music legends, new and old. With a true passion for acting and music, Taylor's exotic appearance and boss lady persona aligns perfectly with her true passions; acting and music. She entertains her loyal fans with fresh songs and one-of-a-kind performances wherever she goes. Kitty's fierce presence can be felt onstage, and this season, she gets real about her struggles off stage and how they have impacted her career, relationship with her mother and ability to heal deep wounds.
Entrepreneur, mother, manager, and certified Brooklyn hustler, Nikhol "Nicky" Hing was born to a Chinese father and Afro-Portuguese mother in Guyana.
Jeffrey "JT" White is the openly gay son of Miami gangsta rap icon, JT Money. Born in Dade County, and raised in Atlanta, Jeffrey dropped out of Morehouse College to pursue his dream of being a men's swimwear designer.
Jeffrey notes the irony in his father's Straight Outta Compton persona, in comparison to his Devil Wears Prada lifestyle. Jeffrey has been dating his out boyfriend Bobby Lytes for a year and a half, but when his closeted ex-boyfriend Malik comes back into his life, it makes for a highly volatile and torrid love triangle.
Nightlife and branding maven, Malik spends his days and nights hosting Miami's hottest events and parties, as well as promoting cutting-edge fashion and lifestyle brands.
While the world knows him for the top athletes and celebrities he hobnobs with, very few know of Malik's closeted gay lifestyle. However, when he encounters his ex, Jeffrey, Malik may decide to choose love over what he feels is his need to maintain a heterosexual facade for business purposes.
Steph Lecor is a multi-dimensional artist signed to DJ Khaled's We The Best Music Group.
Born in Miami, Florida, and of Haitian descent, Steph was a member of the EDM-pop trio, Kulture Shock. In their day, Kulture Shock had an impressive run, opening for acts such as Calvin Harris and Ariana Grande.
Steph likes to stand by her word and considers herself loyal to a fault. However, when her loyalty is tested and questioned, Steph has no problem letting anyone know exactly where she stands.
Jamaica's own, Gabrielle "Gabby" Davis is making her mark on the international modeling scene. Discovered while competing in the Pulse Model search competition in Jamaica, she was signed to the prestigious agency and soon booked her first major editorial spread for The British Daily Express. Gabby has walked the runway during Caribbean Fashion Week as well as major shows and photoshoots in Miami and LA with top designers and photographers.
Gabby searches for modeling opportunities and the possibility of rekindling a flame with her old beau, Pleasure P. However, she may find herself with some unexpected and very formidable competition from Pleasure P's current lover when she attempts to make her mark on Miami.
Bryant McKinnie is a 2012 Super Bowl Champion who is a solid fixture in both the sports and music industries. McKinnie is most recognized for his unrivaled contributions to the University Of Miami Hurricanes, NFL Minnesota Vikings, and NFL Baltimore Ravens football teams. He went on to finish up his NFL career in Florida playing for the Miami Dolphins.
Today, Bryant McKinnie owns a record label, BMajor Music Group, and has a big presence on the Miami philanthropic and social scenes. There is not a lot that goes on in the city without "B-Mac" knowing the 411.