It’s here, ya’ll! Love & Hip Hop New York is bringing back the glam, the beats, and the drama for season eight. There are some new players on the scene destined to stir it up, and some familiar faces guaranteed to hold it down.
We begin with the first lady of this crew, Remy Ma, who is looking fab in a private helicopter as she glides, unbothered, above her city. Since her comeback, the rap mogul is loving her regained spotlight – but fame comes with a price. Getting nominated for Best Female Hip Hop Artist by BET this year puts her in the crosshairs of her competitors, but Remy just wants to see the women of hip hop come together. No need for more messiness.
At Lovage Rooftop in Midtown, the party Remy has organized to bring women together is in full swing. She arrives in all her gilded glory to thank everyone for coming, and to encourage networking. Her husband and producer, Papoose, loves seeing Remy use her swag to empower others in the industry. Now, they just have to take her advice.
Remy sits down with blue-haired Bianca Bonnie (formerly known as Young B), and Juliet “Juju” C to chat, and is disturbed to hear that Bianca has gotten herself into some hot water over a physical altercation with Brittany “Bri” Taylor, who has allegedly been coming at her for years. Instead of seeing how devastating this behavior could be to her career, Bianca justifies the incident. Knowing where this can lead (clink clink), Remy advises the young upstart to cool it with the club tussling. “I don’t want you to be like me,” she warns. Bianca just laughs and says she’ll work on it.
Toya Wright is opening a new chapter. Literally. She’s finally sharing her life story through a new book In My Own Words. The memoir chronicles her life of equal parts fortune and misfortune while surviving fame, love, and tremendous loss.
In My Own Words is Toya’s third book, but her most personal. “I get very raw and you get to see TOYA, not Toya Wright. It’s the stripped down, naked truth of my life and my REAL reality – not what you see on television.”
Fast forward a few months to this past April, and Mendeecees entered a guilty plea to charges that could land him in prison for close to a decade. Just last month, a US District judge handed down the maximum sentence to the reality star, and Mendeecees’ wife Yandy was chastised for throwing him a lavish going away (to the clink) party (twas a tad gauche). Accepting culpability for his actions, Mendeecees has been very vocal about changing the cycle of children who grew up as he did. While I clearly don’t condone any of Mendeecees’ horrific dealings, I did get the vibe (on the show) that he is a truly genuine person who wants the best for his children…although now he won’t be around to deliver.
Is it really tacky to give your loved one a helluva send-off before they’re placed in locked-down? Well apparently Yandy Smith, one of Love & Hip-Hop: New York’s stars, didn’t think throwing a ‘Going Away Celebration’ for her husband of one year and father of her two children, Mendeecees Harriswas such a terrible thing to do but some folks on Twitter disagree. According to Bossip, when news of Yandy’s club affair that is being held tonight in Dallas, Texas was leaked out and hit the internet, Twitterverse ‘turnt up! ‘
According to Bossip, the commentswere hardly complimentary nor empathetic about a move, many considered to be outright brash and shameless, for a man who broke the law:
It seems that spouses Peter Gunz (pictured center) and Amina Buddafly(pictured left) of Love & Hip Hopare giving good relationship tomfoolery this season. The on again/off again but never really apart pair, got into a heated argument over who else…Peter’s ex gal pal and baby momma, Tara Wallace(pictured right). The women verbally duked it out while Peter stood on the sidelines watching and it all ended up in a pearl-clutching moment, when Amina announced she was pregnant!
Well, Tara moved into Amina and Peter’s Yonkers, New York apartment complex for the good of their children, who are half siblings (Amina has one child, Tara has two) and all fathered by ‘the creeper.’ The triangle got even messier because Peter, who is still very married to Amina, once again, got vertical with Tara. Since a woman’s intuition is never wrong, Amina decided she needed to have it out with her rival. The German-born singer felt she needed to know, if her husband did in fact pay Tara and her bed, a visit. The women met at a promenade where Tara was working out. The females got into an argument because Tara opted to remain mum about her dalliance with Peter. Amina wound up taking flight.
It’s heartbreaking news for the Love & Hip Hop star who is married to Yandy Smith and the father of two young children, but Mendeecees now says that he takes full responsibilities for his actions and explains why he turned to a life of crime in the first place.