Straight out of the Bronx, NY -- the birthplace of hip hop -- Reminisce "Remy Ma" Smith-Mackie is one of the genre's most respected emcees. As the only female member of Big Pun's Terror Squad, Remy Ma earned her "Queen of Rap" crown with her 2006 solo debut, "There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story." Her career was derailed after a shooting incident in 2007, which resulted in six years in prison. After her release in 2014, Remy joined Love & Hip Hop ready to win and turn out tracks with her mentor Fat Joe and other hip-hop royalty. With her newfound freedom, Remy is back working on music, cohosting the talk show "State of Culture" and balancing her family life with her supportive husband, Papoose, and kids.
Yandy Smith-Harris is a multi-hyphenate mogul. She built her empire launching her Yelle Skincare line, heading media brand Everything Girls Love and taking on the role of hip-hop activist. A successful businesswoman and mother, Yandy is not the same struggling music manager from Season 1 who worked for Jim Jones. Her brand represents class, honesty and grace under pressure. Whether she's holding down the household while her husband, Mendeecees, serves his prison sentence or standing up for herself against the likes of Chrissy Lampkin, Yandy faces everything life throws at her head-on.
Bronx, NY, native Belcalis "Cardi B" Almanzar is one of the top-selling rappers of the 2010s and beyond. She first rose to stardom as a dancer and social media sensation who amassed millions of followers thanks to her sharp sense of humor and comedic tirades. Before hitting it big with singles like "Bodak Yellow," "I Like It" and "WAP," Cardi appeared on Season 6 and Season 7 of Love & Hip Hop New York while in a relationship with her incarcerated boyfriend Tommy.
Tara Wallace is a southern belle from small-town Mississippi. She moved to New York City to pursue acting, and she has appeared in various off-Broadway productions. In 2016, Tara co-authored the book "The Goddess Potential," to inspire women to get to know and love themselves better. She has three children with rapper Peter Gunz, who was also in a relationship with Love & Hip Hop castmate Amina Buddafly during Season 6 and Season 7 of the show.
Aminata "Amina Buddafly" Schmahl is a singer-songwriter from Hamburg, Germany. Amina was a member of the girl group Black Buddafly with her sisters Sophie and Jazz before going solo. She made her Love & Hip Hop debut as the secret wife of rapper Peter Gunz, who also had a relationship with Tara Wallace at the same time. After appearing on Season 4 through Season 7, Amina left the show and left Peter.
Miss Moe Money and Sexxy Lexxy
Miss Moe Money and Sexxy Lexxy are Harlem born and bred. As the rap duo BBOD (a.k.a. Bad Bitches on Deck), the two have performed alongside Lil' Kim, Rick Ross, Machine Gun Kelly, Meek Mill and more. The two appeared together on Season 6 of Love & Hip Hop New York, where Lexxy's uncle, rapper Treach, also made an appearance.
Mariahlynn is a Jersey City, NJ, native who grew up in the foster care system. She started writing lyrics as a teenager, finding sanctuary from the drugs, crime and violence that were so pervasive in her neighborhood. But success didn't come overnight. In her early years, Mariahlynn worked as a stripper and exotic dancer to support her family, and she faced constant industry rejection as a result of her unconventional image and raw personality. Everything changed in 2015 when she caught the attention of DJ Self with her debut single, "Once Upon a Time." Mariahlynn has been grinding nonstop ever since, turning out bops and collaborating with artists like Remy Ma. And despite still struggling to hold her family together, Mariahlynn is determined to take her career to the next level.
The CEO and founder of Dollaz Unlimited, Rich Dollaz started out as an ambitious intern at Sean "Diddy" Combs's Bad Boy Records. He rapidly climbed the ranks to become one of the most sought-after promoters and managers in hip hop. And although he has a penchant for mixing business with pleasure, having had past relationships with clients Erica Mena, Jhonni Blaze, Diamond Strawberry, Mariahlynn, Jade Wifey and Anaís, Rich never settles when it comes to his career or his love life.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Papoose represents the grind and hustle of real New York hip hop. Already renowned for his mixtapes, Papoose reached a wider audience with the release of his debut full-length album, "The Nacirema Dream," in 2013. Beyond his music, Papoose's relationship with Remy Ma, whom he married in 2008, has inspired a passionate following of its own. As a husband, father and constant supporter of Black love, Papoose is an outspoken advocate for positive depictions of African-American relationships and families.
As a native of Harlem, NY, Mendeecees Harris is a self-made man. While he is heavily immersed in the business side of the music industry, he prides himself on pursuing a wide variety of entrepreneurial endeavors that range from real estate to fashion. And despite being incarcerated from 2016 to 2020, the music manager continues to support his wife, Yandy Smith-Harris, and his blended family.
Bronx, NY, native Peter Gunz is a rapper, multi-instrumentalist and music manager. He's best known for his platinum-selling record "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)," which he recorded with fellow rapper Lord Tariq. He has collaborated with Big Pun, Fat Joe, Mariah Carey, Ice Cube, KRS-One and more. A father of 10, Peter welcomed children with castmates Amina Buddafly and Tara Wallace at the same time during Season 6 and Season 7.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Cisco Rosado is an in-demand music producer and industry executive. After becoming the president of Mogul Media, Cisco went on to work as the CEO of CMG Entertainment. He's produced records for Jim Jones, French Montana, Styles P and many more. His relationships with Diamond Strawberry, Moe Money and Mariahlynn where chronicled during his time on Love & Hip Hop, from Season 5 through Season 7.
The self-proclaimed "Prince of New York," Power 105.1's DJ Self was born and raised in Brooklyn during hip hop's golden era. As the CEO of Gwinin Entertainment, his clients included fellow Love & Hip Hop castmates Mariahlynn and DreamDoll. During his time on the show, he was romantically involved with Yorma Hernandez, Cardi B, Major Galore and others.