Reality star Yandy Smith-Harris is one of the most sought after entertainment powerhouses in the industry today. In 2008, Yandy gained worldwide recognition as one of Billboard Magazine's 'Top 30 Executives Under 30'. Equipped with over a decade of industry experience, the media mogul, entrepreneur, and TV personality continues to build her brand while adding the titles of Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker, Author, and Producer to her resume.
Yandy juggles multiple businesses while being the mother of two children and holding her husband, Mendeecees, down through his battles with the legal system. However, with her man in prison, this year Yandy must learn how to work together with the other mothers of Mendeecees' children, Samantha and Erika, while maintaining the overall goal of having all of Mendeecees' children remain in each other's lives.
Born Reminisce Smith, the Grammy Award-nominated rapper grew up in the rugged Castle Hill Projects of Bronx, New York. After one meeting and a freestyle session, Big Pun took her under his wing adding Remy to Terror Squad's camp as its sole female member. By 2005, she landed a "Best Rap Performance" Grammy nomination with Terror Squad for the hit song "Lean Back", followed by a 2005 BET Award for "Best Female Rapper". Her 2006 debut album put Remy Ma on the map with an arsenal of hits, receiving 2 Vibe Awards and an ASCAP Pop Award.
The very next year, Remy began to work on her highly anticipated sophomore project which would put her in arms reach of the hip hop throne but her career came to a screeching halt after being convicted for a shooting incident. She was sentenced to an 8 year term at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, but managed to wed long-time boyfriend and Brooklyn rapper, Papoose, before her incarceration. After serving six and a half years, Remy was released on August 1, 2014 and wasted no time getting right back in the studio.
Collaborating with DJ Khaled and reuniting with super producer Swizz Beatz, Remy Ma was slowly putting her name back on the map. A few months later, Remy released her first body of work in almost 7 years, entitled I'm Around. In early 2016, Remy, along with Fat Joe and French Montana, released the smash single "All The Way Up", which quickly soared to the top of the charts and earned her a 2016 BET Award nomination for "Best Female Rapper".
Her long-awaited return to music has fans, the hip hop community, and a growing mainstream audience designating her as the reigning "Queen Of New York Hip Hop". Amidst all her success, Papoose still wants Remy to make good on her promise to grow the family, but with her career all the way up, is this the best time?
Bianca Dupree (formerly known as Young B) is a singer, dancer, songwriter, and actress from Harlem, best known for her worldwide hit "Chicken Noodle Soup," which earned her a Soul Train Award.
Since teaming up with manager Yandy Smith-Harris, Bianca has created a new sound and new look, and has built up quite an impressive performance resume. But will an involvement in a love triangle take the career she has worked so hard for back off course?
A gifted rapper since her early teens, Mariahlynn is the ultimate survivor. Growing up on the crime ridden streets of Newark, NJ, hopping from foster home to foster home, Mariahlynn quickly learned how to get by on her own.
When Mariahlynn caught the attention of one of New York's favorite DJs, DJ Self, who helped promote her first single, "Once Upon A Time," she started to gain some traction. This year, Mariahlynn is looking to take her career to new levels and will take down anyone who stands in her way.
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, best known for her role on HBO's The Wire, is an American actress and author. Having been raised in foster homes, Pearson was convicted of second-degree murder and was sentenced to an eight-year term, but it was after her release that she turned her life around. As fate would have it, she met actor Michael K. Williams who introduced Snoop to the producers of The Wire and a star was born.
Since her breakthrough performance on HBO, Snoop has landed several roles in both film and TV. Now relocated to NYC, Snoop is trying her hand in the music industry with her new label Gorgeous Gangster Records. On top of all of this, Snoop is trying to make her relationship with girlfriend, J.Adrienne, work through the stress of being in the public eye and having adoring, yet aggressive fans!
Juliet C., affectionately known as Juju, was born in Brooklyn, New York to Cuban parents and raised in Miami, Florida. It was in Miami where the triple threat developed her entrepreneurial skills. While her beauty is evident, what strikes most is the woman behind the smile, grace, and hourglass figure. With the support of her fiancé, rapper Cam'ron, Juju took social media by storm, gaining social buzz as "The Chocolate Cuban" bombshell.
Juju holds a BA Degree from Barry University and is currently obtaining her Masters degree.The Cuban bombshell is an actress, author, model, successful realtor, and owner of popular "Candy Jewels Hair Company" - a popular e-retailer of 100% fine virgin hair.
Informally, Juju is a spokeswoman for a curvy and healthy lifestyle. Her mission is to inspire beauty acceptance in all shapes and sizes while using her social media platforms to empower women. Juju shares advice on skincare, fitness, relationships, and business. She refers to her advice as "Juju Jewels". This Fall, Juju releases her first best seller Secrets Of A Jewel, where she lends advice to women in helping them find their inner jewel.
Juju's story isn't picture perfect but she has learned through hard work and determination that one can turn adversity into triumph. Through her non-profit organization "My Precious Jewels", Juju plans to work with young girls and pass on some of those "jewels" that helped mold her into the confident successful woman she has become.
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 recently started a foundation for battered women and children in Memphis called Miracles House Of Restoration.
This year Rich gets one more chance at "Daddy Daycare" with his teenage daughter, Ashley. Rich tries to give up the "Creep Life" for good in order to focus on family and his new girlfriend, but a blast from the past creates obstacles that he might not be able to overcome. With the Creep Squad at odds, can Rich finally set a good example and clean up his act?
Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the same section of Brooklyn that spawned Jay Z and the Notorious B.I.G., Shamele Mackie was nicknamed Papoose by his grandmother. Nowadays, when you think about real hip-hop, Papoose is one of the selective few emcees that come to mind. With his swag and lyrical skills, Papoose has received countless amounts of accolades.
In 2013, Papoose started Honorable Records, an independent record label, followed by the release of The Nacirema Dream, which was distributed by Ingroove. The Nacirema Dream sold over 20,000 units independently and remained on the Billboard Charts for numerous weeks. In July 2015, Papoose released his second studio album, You Can't Stop Destiny, which is available in stores now.
In addition to his musical pursuits, Papoose has been managing his wife, Remy Ma. Papoose is a loving father to his daughter and Remy's son, and he is ready to hold Remy to her promise to expand the family after their dream wedding last season.
Crowned the "Prince Of NY," Power 105.1's DJ Self was born and raised in Brooklyn during Hip Hop's golden era and has risen up in the ranks of club, party, and mixtapes DJs to emerge as one of the top 3 club DJs in NYC. He has continuously dropped jewels, selling thousands of mixtapes that feature hot exclusives from hip-hop and R&B's finest. From the streets to the clubs to the boomboxes, DJ Self is making moves & providing the soundtrack for the good times.
This year, Self is expanding his Gwinin Entertainment empire and is ready to sign some of Love and Hip Hop's hottest talent as long as his fellow creeps don't get in the way.
As a Harlem native, Mendeecees Harris can undoubtedly be dubbed a self-made man. Harris has been heavily immersed in the music industry, but prides himself on having a wide variety of entrepreneurial endeavors that range from real estate to fashion.
Although Mendeecees is currently incarcerated, he continues to try and maintain the peace between the three mothers of his children and hopes his wife, Yandy, can create some type of family unity in his absence.
Judy Harris, mother to Love & Hip Hop alum, Mendeecees Harris, is a mother of four children and has seven beautiful grandchildren, including Lil Mendeecees, Aasim, Omere, and Skylar.
Judy has maintained good relationships with all of Mendeecees' children's mothers but is sick of all of the fighting. She struggles to help keep the family together according to her son's wishes.
Seasons 6 + 7
What began simply as a journey of self expression and comedic tirades, quickly catapulted Bronx native, Belcalis "Cardi B" Almanzar into social media stardom and to be recognized as the breakout star of Love & Hip Hop Season 6. With nearly 5 million followers on Instagram, this fiery Latina has evolved into an entertainer, actress, and staple in the NYC social scene.
Cardi has been focusing on her music career, releasing several records in the past year, and touring all over the world! But with a career that's "poppin'", can Cardi juggle a relationship with her incarcerated boyfriend, Tommy, or do the pressures of long hours on the road and a certain handsome producer get the best of our "regular, degular, schmegular" girl from the Bronx?
Southern belle Taranasha Wallace was born and raised in a small-town of Mississippi and moved to NYC to pursue her dream of acting. She holds a degree in Dramatic Art from Jackson State University and a MFA in acting from New York's Actors Studio Drama School. During school and after graduation, Tara pounded the NYC pavement and was heavily involved in musical and off-Broadway theater, appearing in various productions.
For nearly a decade, Tara was the manager of a hot-spot in NYC's trendy Meatpacking District, but has never lost sight of her dream of being an actress. In fact, she still continues to study and hone her craft. In 2016, Tara co-authored The Goddess Potential, which was written to inspire women to start to get to know and love themselves better.
Tara recently gave birth to her third son, Gunner, with Peter Gunz (who she shares two other sons with - Jamison and Kaz). Now, Tara is determined to finally figure out her relationship with long-time boyfriend/baby daddy Peter Gunz.
Amina (formerly of "Black Buddafly") was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, to a Senegalese father and a German mother. Together with her older sister Sophie and her twin Jazz, she began singing before she could talk. At the age of 6, Amina joined a classical choir, started doing musicals, and toured with local pop acts and gospel groups. She started songwriting at the age of 13 and the day she discovered studio recording was the point of no return.
Amina and her sisters formed the group Black Buddafly and signed their first record deal in 1997 with BMG Germany where they released their first single "Choyce". In 2002, Black Buddafly packed their bags and flew to New York City with nothing but $600 and a dream. Black Buddafly was signed to Def Jam and J Records. When Black Buddafly disbanded years later, Amina's sisters moved back to Germany but Amina made the decision to stay in New York to do what she loves without trying to please everyone else.
Amina's sound began to evolve and her songwriting became much more sophisticated. Through her various musical influences (Mariah Carey, ABBA, The Bangles, Carmen McRae, Joe Sample, and Linda Perry), she learned how to create timeless music that focused on vocal arrangement and big melodies. She says: "Music is a feeling and I believe only if it comes from my heart and I really love it, people can feel it."
Aside from her being an artist, Amina is very driven and determined to become a big-time songwriter/composer. Her current catalog holds more than 400 songs that she has written over the past few years. She has learned how to engineer and produce, even teaching herself LOGIC. By spending her life surrounded by accomplished producers/writers and having the opportunity to work with major labels, Amina gained tons of experience.
In an on-and-off relationship with husband, Peter Gunz, Amina made a statement last year by taking her daughter Cori and moving to LA. But with the birth of their new daughter, Bronx, Amina is now faced with the reality of raising her 2 daughters without her husband by her side.
Bronx born, Peter Gunz, is best known for his platinum record, "Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)", which he recorded with fellow NYC rapper Lord Tariq. "Déjà Vu" peaked at number nine on the US Charts and Peter toured the world, collaborating with artists such as Big Pun, Fat Joe, Mariah Carey, Ice Cube, and KRS-One. He's a multi-instrumentalist and a manager.
However, Peter's favorite accomplishment is his 10 children, oldest being rapper Cory Gunz, who is currently signed to Young Money Entertainment. Peter has three boys - Jamison, Kaz, and Gunner, with longtime girlfriend Tara Wallace and two daughters, Cori and Bronx, with his wife Amina.
For the past three years Peter has been in love with two women, but he is running out of time to save his relationships and this year, it's finally time to make a decision.
Cisco Rosado was born and raised in Brooklyn and is a New Yorker to the core. He got a job in the music industry through DJ Jazzy Joyce and from there he worked his way up and became the president of Mogul Media, a company that headed the entertainment division of PepsiCo. Cisco then became the CEO of CMG Entertainment, a full service multi-media company/record label based in New York City.
Cisco has produced records for many artists including Tank, Uncle Murda, Jim Jones, French Montana, Styles P, and Love & Hip Hop's, Tahiry Jose. Recently, Cisco has become a partner at the Channel Momentum Investment Group and although he has been in the game a long time, Cisco continues to build his empire as a mogul and music producer.
This year, Cisco is ready to mend fences with some of the ladies he might have alienated in the past and as always, is on the search for love. New and old Creep Squad beefs come to the light, forcing Cisco to make important choices about the company he keeps.
Seasons 2 + 7
Kim Vanderhee, known to many as "Kimbella" began her career in 2003 as a local model in the Miami, Florida area. It wasn't long before Kim's exotic beauty propelled her to vixen status as she graced the pages of various publications. More than "still pretty", Kimbella has only given the public a taste of her dynamic talents as an actress, model, beauty/lifestyle brand ambassador and personality.
A free-spirited outgoing child, Kimbella always harbored dreams of stardom. Born to an African-American father and Caucasian mother, Kim was a rare beauty destined for notoriety. Using her looks as a way to get in the business, Kim has evolved from "model" to a modern day super woman.
Kimbella lives in Northern, New Jersey with her boyfriend Juelz Santana and sons, Leandro and Juelz, and their daughter, Bella. She tackles the rocky ups and downs of her friendship with Yandy Smith-Harris, the complications of being a working mother, and the difficulties that come with dating a superstar rapper on the verge of a comeback.
No matter the obstacles, Kimbella has her eyes set on conquering it all!
Seasons 2 + 7
Juelz Santana is a Harlem-born rapper and actor who is a member of East Coast hip hop group "The Diplomats". Juelz has long lived in Northern New Jersey, with his beautiful girlfriend Kimbella and their children, Leandro, Juelz, and Bella. In addition, Juelz has a son, Juju, who lives in Atlanta.
Juelz Santana is ready to make his return to the music scene, but his late nights at the studio cause renewed tension with his girlfriend, Kimbella.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Samantha Wallace's life was anything but easy. Having been through many trials and tribulations throughout her childhood, Samantha knew that education was her ticket out. Focusing heavily on her career, Samantha completed her degree as a Dental Hygienist at the NYC College Of Technology and now she works tirelessly to provide for herself and her son.
Proud mother of her greatest accomplishment, Mendeeceees R. Harris, Samantha always strives to set the best example for her son. However, she has her own struggles to overcome when she tries to clear the air with Mendeecees' other children's mothers.
Kim Wallace was born in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She grew up in the notorious Marcy Projects with her parents as the youngest of five children, with three brothers and one sister. Although Kim was raised in a stable home, she chose the streets as her sanctuary. Looking for love in all the wrong places, Kim became a young single parent at the age of 15.
Kim is a loving grandmother to Lil Mendeecees and is sick and tired of all of the fighting between the different mothers of Mendeecees' children. She wants to clear things up once and for all with her often nemesis and co-grandmother, Judy Harris, in order to help straighten out this family.
Born and raised in the city that never sleeps, Erika DeShazo comes from a well-respected family that has many connections to the music industry. Growing up in East Harlem gave Erika an extra sense of style and character. She started her career in hip hop by working for Bobby Trends at Hot 97, but then migrated to her second love, fashion.
However, Erika's favorite and most cherished role is being a mother to her son, Aasim Mendeecees Harris. While she was hesitant to go public in the past, Erika is excited to join this season of Love & Hip Hop and finally let the world know her truths.
J. Adrienne, simply known as J, was born and raised on the south-side of Chicago. Although she is new to the Love & Hip Hop cast, she is no stranger to reality TV. She appeared on VH1's Real Chance Of Love (Season 1) and VH1's Charm School (Season 3).
However, J's biggest achievement is her 13 year old son, Wesley, who lives in Chicago. J has relocated to New York to be closer to her girlfriend, Snoop, but can she handle the stress of a new city and the constant attention of Snoop's adoring fans?
A native of Washington DC who currently resides in Brooklyn, Sofi Green is the quintessential artist who is outspoken, aggressive, and fashionable in her own way. Edgy and feminine with a splash of sexy, Sofi lets her personality flourish which allows her to showcase a gifted voice in hip-hop, pop, and R&B.
Currently, Sofi looking for the right person to help her jump-start her career and thinks she might have found an ally in Snoop.
Manhattan born and Bronx bred, Hennessy Almanzar is more than just the outspoken younger sister of Love & Hip Hop's breakthrough, Cardi B. Hennessy is a fiery mix of Dominican and Trinidadian descent who has a passion for fashion and acting.
While she's always willing to help advise her sister, Hennessy is ready to let the world know she is also a force to be reckoned with on her own.
Hailing from the iconic borough of Brooklyn, Swift Star was raised in the infamous Flatbush neighborhood but it was East New York's surroundings that made him. Swift inherited the hustle from his city and began to execute his plan to dominate the music industry and leave an impression as a producer/artist.
Swift recently teamed up with Cardi B to produce hits for her new album and he is accompanying her on tour.
Drewski is a multi-talented hip-hop influencer with more than meets the eye. Drewski grew up in New Jersey where his entrepreneurship started at a very young age as he nurtured a sincere passion for music. With the help of great mentoring from Cipha Sounds and Angie Martinez, Drewski earned his way up the DJ ranks and began producing for Hot 97 almost a decade ago.
Always a ladies man, Drewski finds himself in unfamiliar territory with his new girlfriend, Sky.
Sky Landish is a bi-racial half-Jamaican and half-German woman from the Bronx. She began her career by receiving a Bachelors Of Arts in Psychology at Hunter College while working at SOB's, one of the most well know grass roots music venues in the NYC.
Amidst all her career achievements, Sky has also shed 50+ pounds of weight which inspired her to organize StripNFitness, a business celebrating all types of women. With the help of Drewski, the production of an amazing fitness dance party utilizing strip club connections and organic body goals will flourish. Sky plans on taking this endeavor on the road to promote healthy eating and fitness around the world.
With her new right hand man Drewski, Sky knows this business will succeed as long as she can keep Drewski focused on her and away from all the artists (particularly female artists) who want him to spin their songs on the radio.
Seasons 3 + 6
There’s no question that Rah Ali exemplifies strength and perseverance, however her Bronx roots could lead some to assume she’s just a tough girl with style. From owning two high-end shoe stores to developing her own private label shoe line called "Encore," Rah's success began to take flight. This “Stiletto Expert” utilized her relationships in different outlets to create a promotion and management company called 5 Approved and she now manages several artists, including BBOD, Mariahlynn and newcomer Dimello.
Together, Miss Moe Money and Sexy Lexxy make up the rising rap duo BBOD (Bad Bitches On Deck).
Miss Moe Money
Moe is a Harlem born and bred honey. Moving to the suburbs of Pennsylvania as a teen, Moe missed NYC and dreamed of having a career in music. Prior to seriously selecting music as her career, this Pennsylvania Prom Queen pursued a career in Nursing where she attended North Hampton Community College in PA. But the bright lights and big buildings of NYC kept calling her name, so she moved back to pursure her passion for music while still working in the medical field at St. Luke Roosevelt's Hospital in Midtown Manhattan.
As a business associate, Moe handled patient registration in the Emergency Room by day and did rhyme writing with Lexxy at night. Ditching the job for her dreams, Moe then started working part time as a car sales person for her father's family owned business, Dking Cars. This enabled her ability to make more moves with music. With time and grind under her belt, she and Lexxy have managed to perform and open up for established acts such as Lil Kim; Rick Ross; Machine Gun Kelly; Meek Mills; and more. "Five years from now, I see myself owning multiple businesses such as a colored collection hair company and a record label." states Moe.
Lexxy, was born and raised in Harlem. Prior to pursuing a career in music, she earned her Associates Degree in Communications from Bergen Community College in New Jersey and despite her busy schedule, she currently attends Montclair State University where she is pursuing her BA in Communications as well. While simultaneously working on her educational career, Lexxy dabbled in modeling and acting as well.
It was while getting her feet wet in entertainment where music came knocking at the door. Lexxy is now the other half to dynamic duo, BBOD (Bad Bitches On Deck). Alongside her band mate, Moe, the two have managed to make a name for themselves over the past six years. To date, they have worked with notables such as Juelz Santana; Benzino; Rex; Unkasa; Stevie J; Murda Mook; Dougie Fresh; Stevie J; Benzino; Kirk and Rasheedah of "Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta"; and several others. Five years from now, we can expect to see Lexxy on the big screen, acting and performing multi-platinum hits (selling out stadiums).
Bronx-born Yorma is one of the hottest dancers in NYC and in It was Love in the Club for her and DJ Self from the moment they met. She has been dating DJ Self for almost a year now and is ready to take their relationship to the next level. Yorma is looking to expand her empire by opening up a one stop shop beauty bar in the Bronx later this year. Yorma is a single mother to a beautiful 6 year old girl and is hoping to settle down with the man of her dreams.
Fiesty Latina model, Erica Mena was born and raised in the Bronx and has enough personality to take over the industry. Growing up, Erica was always in performing arts classes and her ambition and drive is unparalleled.
After winning a Jennifer Lopez look-alike contest, it didn't take long for Erica to create her own name in the modeling world. Erica landed many coveted roles in major music videos for artists including: Chris Brown, Akon, Fabolous, Fat Joe and many more. Erica's body of work doesn't end with video modeling. She has graced the pages of numerous magazines including XXL, KING, The Source, SHOW, Maxim, and Smooth.
Erica's hard work also secured her several print campaigns such as Roca Wear, Tommy Hilfiger, and L’Oreal. Recently Erica had a chart topping single on iTunes, "Where Do I Go". She penned an autobiography called Underneath It All and a sex book called Chronicles Of A Confirmed Bachelorette: The Girl Factor and a 2 year calendar for 2014.
Erica is a devoted mother to her son King, a fashion model, an actress and a force to be reckoned with. She recently sparked a relationship with model Cyn Santana.
NYC born and bred, Cyn Santana is truly a young star in the making. She is a philanthropist, vixen, and aspiring actress, but is best known for her charismatic ways and witty personality.
Growing up, Cyn always wanted to be an entertainer. She found a passion for acting when she took her first acting class during college. While studying, Cyn found time to entertain people by putting her parodies on YouTube, which became an instant hit, garnering over 500k views. YouTube videos led to music videos and Cyn landed roles in some of the most popular rap videos, working with artists such as, Maino, Fabolous, Nas, 2 Chainz, and Drake.
Cyn joined the cast of VH1's Love & Hip Hop and quickly became a fan favorite. When she's not busy working, Cyn enjoys spending time with her friends/family, traveling, painting and learning how to play instruments. Cyn Santana is now starting her own clothing line, doing charity work, specifically for suicide prevention, and plans to pursue an acting career. She wishes to use her popularity to promote positivity and human welfare.
Chrissy Monroe resides in NYC but grew up as a homeless teen on the mean streets of Baltimore. She managed to stay clear of all the negativity around her and pioneered her own fabulous path.
Art, fashion, music, and acting were Chrissy’s first loves. She landed a role on a Baltimore City cable soap opera and also became a regular fixture on Shakedown, a popular dance show. She opened a vintage clothing store and with her fashion forward style and over the top personality, she soon became a well-loved socialite, traveling the world and attending the hottest A-list events.
She moved to NYC, where she was signed to the Pabst Brewing Company as a model/brand spokesperson. She quickly landed roles in Michael Moore’s The Awful Truth and was a recurring character at Monique’s Comedy Club/Baltimore City Soap Opera Studio sitcom. Chrissy also runs a full spectrum talent agency, Le Jeu Entertainment.
Diamond Strawberry, born to Lisa and (MLB Hall Of Fame member) Darryl Strawberry, was destined to be and has become a dynamic young lady. Her organic beauty and charisma have been captivating people since she was a toddler & continues today. Diamond was born into privilege, however she faced challenges that many teenage young ladies face including an unplanned but certainly blessed pregnancy.
MyLisa, her now 7 year old daughter and only child, is the joy of her life who inspired Diamond to co-found A Safe Place Youth Center, a group home for pregnant teens, with her mother Lisa.
Diamond is setting an example for the teen moms on how to maintain a hectic schedule of travel, making appearances, filming & photo shoots balanced with motherhood. She is also an aspiring model and is starting an online boutique in her spare time.
With a deadly flow and a lyrical intelligence that harkens back to MC Lyte, Precious Paris (yes, that’s her government name) proves that she goes hard.
Self-proclaimed hood diva, Precious grew up in the gritty streets of South side Jamaica Queens’ and has been on her own since 15. Hip-hop was the soundtrack of her life and she cites Foxy, Lil Kim, and Lauryn Hill as influences.
A writer since she was young, Precious started ghostwriting for up-and-coming rappers but it didn’t feel right. That’s when she started taking her artistry seriously. She recorded her first solo demo with producers Midi Mafia/Family Ties. In 2010, Precious recorded her own demo and was preparing to drop a mixtape when fate stepped in. "The same day that I’d printed up all of my mix tapes, 50 called and asked for a mixtape. Literally one mixtape got me my deal with G-Unit", she recalled.
She might seem like an overnight success, but the truth is Precious Paris has paid her dues and now it’s her time. She, received lots of love in 2011, with her featured spot on 50 Cent’s anthem, “Queens,” which clocked over one million hits in 48 hours. That same determination fuels Precious Paris’ G-Unit debut mixtape.
Washington D.C. native Chink Santana has made an indelible mark in the music industry as a Grammy Award winning producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born Andre Parker, the self-taught musician took up the drums at the age of 4, and has expanded his talents to become one of the most prolific producers of the last decade.
After his mother passed away when he was 3, his father brought him and his brothers up in an atmosphere that Santana recalls as being wild and heavily musical. With his dad telling him he could do whatever he wanted and that whatever he did he’d be good at, he started playing with small local groups and utilizing the skills he had for building a song from the ground up.
By the early 1990’s his name started getting out and his producer skills were honed off of taking raw groups and making them sound richer. After the legendary group Junkyard went through a series of drummers after Heavy One - a musical hero of Santana’s - had died, they auditioned him and he landed a spot that lasted seven years. By the mid-90’s he invested in some recording equipment and started making rap beats in a city where everyone was playing Go-Go. Santana emerged way ahead of the pack when, while still playing drums and sideline hustling, he managed to put out a CD called 'Capers' in 1995 on an indie label. The success of it started bringing in calls from other local groups. He started producing for a group called CCOC and inevitably became a member of it. His producer skills on their record 'Thug Luv' sparked major attention until the noise it made reached Irv Gotti, CEO of Murder Inc. and his brother Chris. From their alliance came his first professionally produced record, 'What’s Luv' by Fat Joe, which peaked #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After being with Murder Inc. for one year, he was offered a deal with Top Dawg Productions. In a succession of hit-making moves he produced Ashanti's debut album, which reached #1 and sold 5 million copies with "Foolish", "Happy”, and "Baby" all becoming Top 10 singles.
Anyone whose had the pleasure of knowing singer, business woman, songwriter pianist, reality television star and Memphis native, K.Michelle since her childhood is aware that she was destined to be the woman she is today. Gymnastic, swimming, and piano courses kept her inquisitive spirit busy until age nine, when the time arrived for her to begin vocal lessons with renowned children's vocal coach Bob Westbrook (Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears etc).
A lifelong affinity for country music (The Judds are a personal favorite), lead to Michelle earning a scholarship to Florida A&M for yodeling.
For the millions of fans who have watched the no-nonsense cutie fight for what she feels is right on television every week, her debut album title, 'Rebellious Soul' is most appropriate. "I'm a rebel, a firecracker," she tells. "I do what I want to do. My music is like that as well. I rebel against anything that society tries to use to keep us boxed in - racism, judgment, anything that makes you feel inferior as a woman." The result is what she describes as an "old-school" but "aggressive and urgent" music feel. The guest list of vocalists include Elle Varner and K.Michelle's mentor R. Kelly, who will also embrace some maestro duties. After years of professional and personal lows but mostly highs, it's time for the once diamond in the rough to be recognized for the true gem that she is.
The stars are aligning for Tennessee's daughter, and she couldn't be more pleased. "I'm really at a point in my life where I wanna work on myself and just be happy," she says. "I don't want any drama. I just want to create that music that makes you feel so so good."
Seasons 3 + 4
Voluptuous urban model and NYC native, Tahiry Jose gained fame during the course of her very public relationship with rapper Joe Budden.
Born to Dominican parents in Harlem, Tahiry is a model, an actress, an entrepreneur and holds a degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. As the cover model for KING magazine, Tahiry generated one of the highest selling editions and has also graced the pages of many other magazines, including Complex, XXL and VIBE.
Tahiry is now working on a fitness DVD and focusing on acting lessons. She has landed roles in various films in 2012 and 2013. She is also a correspondent for XXL Magazine and is now a staple at most red-carpet events. Tahiry is proof that brains and beauty can successfully mix.
Seasons 3 + 4
Joe Budden is a hip-hop artist born in Harlem, NY and raised in Jersey City, NJ, who is widely considered one of the most gifted lyricists thanks to some of his works on various mixtapes.
In addition to being a solo artist, is a member of the hip-hop super-group Slaughterhouse, alongside Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz and Crooked I. His most commercially successful single is the song "Pump It Up" from his self-titled album.
Joe Budden began freestyling in high school and made many appearances on several NYC mixtapes. In early 2012, Joe Budden and Emanny teamed up with a few producers to form the group SLV (Summer Leather Vest). Joe Budden is also widely known for various high-profile relationships, publicized by the media, in his lyrics, and on Twitter. Joe lives his life very publicly and has hundreds of thousands of fans that follow his every move on social networks. Joe has been in the studio this year working on his album and a new Slaughterhouse album as well.
Born in the Bronx and raised in Queens, NY, a talented Erica Jean has always been addicted to the theater. At a young age, she began taking dance and acting lessons. Through her school years, she continued to develop her craft, performing in many school plays. Her love and drive for the performing arts lead her to attend Howard University as a Theater Arts major. Erica Jean has done several performances in the tri-state area including: James Baldwins', Off Broadway production of Blues for Mister Charlie. Her love of acting continues, but as a hobby.
Erica Jean's main focus these days is raising her very energetic son, Stephen, aka "Lil B", that she has with rapper Saigon. Being a single mom at times can be taxing and tiring but that doesn't keep Erica Jean from being upbeat and positive. Her love for her son Stephen has motivated her to advance her career. Erica Jean is now pursuing her second passion, working in the medical field. She is currently continuing her education to become a nurse.
Since 2002, when Saigon speaks, people listen. The popularity of the up-and-coming rapper exploded as he took over the Streets and the Internet with a collection of classic mixtapes many fans consider mini-albums. Candidly outspoken and controversial, Saigon quickly became the talk of the town and a media favorite, heavily cosigned by a pack of A-List DJ's and producers, including Kay Slay, Whoo Kid, Enuff, Just Blaze, Mark Ronson, Alchemist, Buckwild, and many others.
His debut was '96-A-0549: The Yard Father Part 1,' a 25-track collection hosted by DJ's Kay Slay and Whoo Kid that was deemed an instant classic. Other mixtapes followed: 'The Yard Father Part 2: On The Go Back', 'Warning Shots', 'DJ Self's Saigon vs. 50 Cent', and 'Abandoned Nation Vol.1', each filled with potent original music. As Saigon's name began being thrown in the ring with hip-hop veterans like Nas and Jay-Z, it was clear he was ready to explode. Once Saigon's buzz reached a deafening level, the labels could no longer ignore him. In 2006, Saigon landed a reoccurring role as himself on the popular hit T.V. show Entourage. This gained him worldwide mainstream exposure and introduced him to a fan base outside of hip hop.
He would continue to be on the show for a number of seasons and have a large variety of his music played throughout the show. He has sense been affectionately dubbed 'The guy who ditched Turtle' because of his close relationship with that character played by Jerry Ferrara'. In addition to Entourage, Saigon would go on the prove that he was bit by the acting bug as he landed roles in the Roger Corman produced film, Rage and Discipline, and also doing voiceover work for VH1.
Bronx-born Nya Lee is a vixen, a stripper and one of NYC's hottest socialites. But there is way more to her. She's always held a passion for writing music and rapping and wants to sign talent to her label. In her own words, "I want to become the next Diddy."
She is currently working on her mixtape with several big names, including Red Café, French Montana, and Jadakiss. Nya gained notoriety for an unfortunate event when someone cut her neck and chest at a club after an altercation. As a result, she named her record label OurCutt.
While most girls were playing with dolls, Olivia used her playtime to write music and poetry. She realized very early that she truly had a passion for the arts. At 19, she landed a meeting with an Arista executive who then introduced her to the legendary Clive David. He was so blown away by the 19 year old's vocal ability and raw talent that he decided to sign Olivia immediately as the first solo artist to his newly established label, J Record. Clive took her under his wing metering her into a super star. Her gold selling song "Bizounce" was the lead single for the release to her self-titled album in 2000, which eventually sold close to 500,00 copies.
Later, after signing a deal with Interscope Records, 50 Cent crowned he the The First Lady of GUnit. With Chris Lightly, and the entire Violater team behind GUnit's only female R&B artist she quickly flourished. Hits like "Candy Shop" and "Best Friend" brought the versatile artist to the radio around the world.
Since leaving GUnit, Olivia has been focused on creating a new persona that has expanded beyond just hip-hop.
Based of the hypnotic first, "Take It Off", Olivia is forging a new flame in R&B. Her pursuit and love of music will cement within the industry for years to come. She will continue to prove that she has numerous talents to show the world.
Raqi Thunda is a popular music & pop culture enthusiast. Raised in Miami, Raqi moved to NY, where she was a corporate finance agent by day but became a well-known fierce talking radio personality by night.
Currently living in NJ, Raqi got her start in radio by unapologetically crashing several morning shows, which led her to an on-air talk show on Sirius-XM's Hip Hop Nation and as a recurring judge of Freestyle Fridays. Raqi continues to work in radio as host of the Hot 97's Sunday Night Showcase and has started a career as an Ambassador DJ.
A NYC native, Jen Bayer made her TV debut on Dame Dash's BET reality competition show The Ultimate Hustler. It was in 2005, that Dame coined her nickname "Jen The Pen," which has stuck ever since.
Jen started her radio career at Sirius Satellite doing gossip for DJ Whoo Kid on G-Unit Radio. From there, she moved on to be the gossip girl for the Hot Boyz of Chicago radio show on Power92.
Jen has been dating rapper Consequence for over 5 years and one year ago the couple welcomed their first son, Caiden.
Consequence is an accomplished rapper, songwriter, producer, fashionista & video director who's worked in the music business for over 2 decades. His first endeavor was performing and writing 7 records on A Tribe Called Quest's 'Beats, Rhymes & Life' which debuted #1 on Billboard 100 and Top R&B/Rap Charts.
In 2004, Consequence was featured on Kanye West's "College Dropout" which debuted #2 on Billboard 200 and won the Grammy for "Best Rap Album". After the completion of the West's "School Spirit" Tour, Consequence released his critically acclaimed retail mixtape "Take'em To The Cleaners" which garnered the attention of Sony Urban Music.
By 2005, Consequence had signed to Sony Music/Columbia Records and appeared on West's sophomore LP 'Late Registration' on the fan favorite which also features Cam'Ron. Cons was also commissioned to appear on EA's "Fight Night". After months in the studio and touring with West, Consequence teamed up with DJ Khaled, West and Legend to release the single "Grammy Family" which garnered a MTV World premiere. Cons' released his debut LP "Don't Quit Your DayJob via Columbia Records independent division "Red Ink" and debut on Billboard #1 US Heatseekers. While touring with Kanye West on the "Glow In The Dark Tour" he was filmed playing Jay-Z in an intense battle of Connect Four which would eventually be the starting point for the hugely popular video log series "Cons TV". Being one of the 1st artist to utilize the platform known as "Kyte", Cons revolutionized fan-access by bringing them backstage and documenting many magic moments that included Kanye West, Beyonce, P.Diddy, Jay-Z, Pharell plus many more to garner over 6 million views online.
Consequence and West co-wrote four tracks on Kanye West's 4th platinum LP titled '808 & Heartbreak', including "Amazing" which was the NBA Playoff Theme Song for 2010. By August, Kanye had enlisted Cons to co-write with himself, Beyonce, and Jay-Z for Beyonce's appearance on "See Me Now". In the same session Jay-Z had revealed to Consequence that Beyonce had cut a version to his song called "Party" which ended on Beyonce's '4' LP and went on to be the #1 Record at Urban Radio as well as receiving a Grammy Nomination and BET Award. (Consequence is credited as a Co-Producer and Additional Vocalist on "Party").
In September 2010, Consequence decided to form Band Camp Records. In 2011 for MTV's RapFix 1st Anniversary Consequence would be awarded "Best Freestyle" and was crowned "Mr. RapFix" after introducing his newborn son, Caiden to the world, live on the air.
2012 has brought collaborations with Busta Rhymes, Pooch Hall, John Legend, Jerry Wonda, Waka Flocka, Kid Ink, Lil Chuckee and recording a track titled "Access Hollywood" for the Xbox Kinetic game "NBA Baller Beats", all which will appear on Cons' highly anticipated Mixtape "Movies On Demand 4". Consequence is near completion of his Sophmore LP "Start Your Own Business" which was released to coincide with his appearance on Love & Hip Hop alongside his longtime love Jennifer "Jen The Pen" Bayer and their son Caiden Mills.
Brooklyn-born Monica Torres, known as Lore'l, began singing hooks for local male rappers, while interning in Promotions/Marketing at Sony Music at the age of sixteen. She's had appearances on various singles, which led to rapper Red Café including her on the remix to his smash hit "Hottest In The Hood".
Lore'l shuttles between NY and Miami and is managed by Power105 radio personality Angela Yee. Along with her team, OTL, she dropped her debut EP 'Leading Lady' in 2012 and her single "Shut It Down" is building radio airplay.
Winter has worked behind the scenes in the hip-hop industry for more than 10 years and consulted as a wardrobe stylist for labels such as Ruff Ryders, Murder Inc., Full Surface and Def Jam. She is mostly known for her position as executive assistant to platinum recording artist Fabolous. From there, Winter took her talents down to South Beach and obtained a position as executive assistant to, the CEO of Slip-N-Slide Records, Ted Lucas.
Currently, Winter holds the title of Creative Costume Designer for Flavor Unit Films based in Miami. She recently wrote a tell-all book about her experiences in the world of hip-hop, titled The Love Of Hip Hop and serves up relationship advice in a bi-weekly, "Ask Winter" column for Hip-Hop Weekly.
Seasons 1 + 2
Fortitude, ambition, and creative business tactics are at the forefront of Jim Jones' career. The enigmatic Diplomat CEO and entrepreneur spent the past decade designing an empire that will solidify his place in hip hop history and beyond.
After continued success with his Dipset crew and his Diplomat Record label, Jim's solo album, 'On My Way To Church', debuted at #18 on Billboard Top 200 in August 2004, and has sold over 200,000 copies independently to date. The videos for the first single, "Certified Gangsta", and second single, "Crunk Musik", have received consistent airplay on both BET and MTV. Jim Jones is also exceedingly popular in the fast-paced world of mix-tape releases.
Building upon successes from his record label to his new alcohol brand, Sizzurp, Jim Jones is preparing to release a new documentary dilm, currently titled The Jim Jones Project, which presents a candidly-told cautionary tale of a "gangsta" rapper in transition. A purposeful message in the documentary is intended to act as a deterrent for the self-destructive behaviors of at-risk youth who have taken the bravado of "gangsta" rap to heart.
Bronx-born-but Harlem raised, Jim Jones knew all to well at a very early age what the streets had to offer. While he experienced his share of trouble growing up in Harlem, he was fortunate enough to escape anything that would cause him to wind up as another statistic in the concrete jungle.
In addition to his many ventures, Jim Jones is also gaining respect for his role as a music video director winning several music award nominations. He created the vision behind several videos for Dipsetemcee Cam'ron including "Oh Boy", "Hey Ma" and "Get Em Girl/Killa Cam", State Property's "When You Hear That", as well as his own popular "Certified Gangsta" and "How G Is This" videos.
Jim takes his ability to influence the world at large very serious, he continues to search for new ways to find social and political growth while progressing within the Hip Hop culture. Currently, Jim is an active participator in Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit, The Andre Neal Foundation, as well as the South East Queens Action Network for Public Schools - all which focus on building and strengthening the community through it's youth, educating them on politics and teaching them how influential their voice is.
Even his pursuit to bring the ideals of gangsta rap to the world with his documentary film, Jim makes it clear that he is no way advocating a movement toward it. "My advice for younger people is: please don't try this s**t at home. There's a difference between a gangsta and a gangbanger - a gangbanger is very ambitious, he has a fiery heart. When he knows how smart he is, he'll turn into a gangsta. A gangsta becomes a businessman, because with power you gotta show restraint - you only show that power when your back is against the wall and people force you to come out swinging."
Along with fellow Harlem-based player Cam'ron, Jim Jones founded the Diplomat label, home to the Diplomats/Dipset and many of that crew's prolific solo activities. Though more of a businessman and behind-the-scenes figure than an MC (he was also named a director of AR at Warner Music Group in early 2005), Jones released solo albums in 2004 ('On My Way to Church', which hit the Top 20 upon its August release) and 2005 ('Diary Of A Summer'). Jim Jones's clothing lines, Vampire Life and Protocol, are sold around the globe.
Jim was a main cast member on Love & Hip Hop Season 1 + Season 2.
Seasons 1 + 2
Christine "Chrissy" Lampkin was born in Harlem to African American and Cuban parents. Separated from her parents and raised by her grandmother, she developed a keen sense of self-preservation and used her bright young mind to leaner the ins and outs of street life.
Her outgoing personality and quick wit led to a notoriety that eventually caught the eye of fellow Harlemite, rapper Jim Jones. Their romance blossomed quickly and soon they were inseparable. Naturally, Chrissy's keen fashion sense influenced Jim's style of dress. Realizing she has a talent for styling, she committed to styling Jon and continues to be a positive influence in his professional life. Her pet project of redesigning Jim's recording studio led to a successful foray into interior design.
Chrissy was part of the original Love & Hip Hop cast but left the show after Season 2.
Seasons 1 + 2
The No. 1 Latin music artist on MySpace, Somaya Reece has leveraged her popularity on the site to build a thriving career as an actress, personality, and musician. "My tenacity and drive has helped me start to achieve what I have always dreamed of", she gushes. "I love my career!"
Somaya Reece hailed, as "The Next Sophia Loren", is a voluptuous vixen. It's easy to see why this Salvadorian beauty from South Central was recently named the Hottest Latina in Music by Maxim en Español, UK, and the Philippines.
In 2008, Somaya was nominated "Internet Hottie" by Spike TV Guys Choice Awards. Askmen ranks Somaya #74 of the Top 100 Hottest Women Celebrities, Telemundo calls her "The Latina Jessica Rabbit, and "Hottest Woman On The Web" by E!. As a commercial actress/persona, she has appeared in high-profile campaigns for Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Colgate, Pepsi, Budweiser, and Coors Light. As a role model, she has won the hearts of millions by candidly sharing her life story and struggle on E! Television.
Somaya Reece released her first single "Tramp" off her distribution deal with Ingrooves in early 2010. Tramp rapidly climbed up www.ReverbNation.com charts, hitting the #1 artist spot in Electronica dance for the UK. Along with the release, director Tim Burton created the masterpiece of a video/film to "Tramp", a high budget video, filmed on red cameras in a fashion forward style. The video stormed its way into the viral market gaining 500,000 plays in less than a 48-hour time frame and debuting on "The TMZ Of Hip Hop" www.VladTV.com.
Seasons 1 + 2
Born in NYC, but raised in Virginia, Emily always knew fashion was her calling. From the time she was a young woman, she was determined to make it her career.
Emily became a mother very early in her life. Yet, unlike many teen mothers, instead of derailing her plans for success, she became even more determined to find her own identity and make her dreams come true. By working diligently, Emily soon established herself as a styling expert for local entertainers and athletes in Virginia.
At age 21, a chance meeting with Grammy-nominated rapper Fabolous would change her life forever, eventually resulting in Emily and her young daughter relocating from Virginia back to her hometown, New York City. Emily was not only thrust into a new, high profile relationship, but she also had an opportunity to take her career to the next level. Now living in the fashion capital of the world, Emily quickly developed a reputation as one of the most respected and sought after fashion stylists in the entertainment business.
Balancing a demanding schedule along with motherhood and a serious relationship proved to be an immense challenge. As her career continued to skyrocket, she chose to remain behind the scenes to support her partner and combat the negative stereotypes often associated with being the girlfriend of a successful entertainer. As the person behind the camera for red carpets, music videos, and awards shows, Emily quietly built a clientele that includes some of the biggest names in music, television, and sports today. Currently, Emily is working on the launch of her own clothing line, "Emily B".