So last night was the return of Love & Hip Hop. Some old favorites returned (along with some of the more unsavory characters) along with a new crew. Joe Budden is gone (at least for now). I’m not sure how I feel about this! I am happy that Mendeecees is out on bail, and Yandy Smith is over the moon to have her fiance back in the free world. Speaking of couples, Erica Mena and Cyn are back together and sharing Chipotle (at least for now). Erica’s even made her breakfast in bed in hopes of convincing her to co-habitate. Cyn is still a bit jealous over Erica’s recent on-air kiss with Lil’ Bow Wow…little does she know! Peter Gunz and Amina Buddafly are back together and expecting a baby girl. Amina is still blinded by love and stupidity for still being with this jack leg. At the ultrasound he mistakes the baby’s leg for a “giant penis” just like his. Good gracious. Amina questions Peter’s recent outings with his sons…he drops his son off at school and then doesn’t return until late at night. #redflag
We meet Diamond Strawberry, and she’s an aspiring model. Oh, and she’s also the daughter of famed baseball player Darryl Strawberry. Diamond wants to pursue her dreams in New York (how else is she going to be on this franchise), but her Los Angeles based family is less than supportive. It’s a sudden and drastic move (per Diamond), but she’s hoping it will bring her closer to her music producer boyfriend Cisco. Cut to Cisco who is in town to wine and dine Diamond and talking about his hustle and his connections. The couple complains about how difficult their long distance relationship is, and Diamond is happy to move to New York after dating for two years. Wait what? Cisco likes the status quo. Sure, Diamond is his one and only…when he’s with her in L.A., but he’s enlisted a “don’t ask, don’t tell” clause in their relationship, and he needs Diamond to abide…and stay on the West Coast.
After last night’s conclusion of the Love & Hip Hop Hollywood reunion, you can rest assured that the other franchises are going to be forced down on throats so Mona can keep riding the wave of ratchet popularity and strike when the iron is hot. Who am I kidding? I live for this stuff!
With the original member of the franchise premiering next week, we’ve got extended footage of your favorite past New York cast members and a veritable swarm of newbies. It seems everyone involved is ready to shock and awe as they prepare for the season while sharing their backgrounds…aka, why they are crazy enough to be on the show! Make sure to check it out after the jump! Of course, not to be outdone, Mimi Faust, the resident sex tape star of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta certainly knows how to stay in the fray. Capitalizing on the hype surrounding the seasons transitioning, Mimi is speaking out about how Nikko Smith used her. *Eye roll* *palm to forehead* At least Ariane isn’t the kind of friend to say, “I told you so…” but I will!
Things are finally looking up for Erica Mena, who just got engaged to Bow Wow and is ready to put the dramatics aside. Unfortunately she’s still starring on Love & Hip Hop which means ceasing the dramatics ain’t gonna happen!
Erica insists that she’s a changed woman who has found love who is at her “highest peak right now” and she wants support not negativity. ‘I am crazy! But, at the same time, I’m still a person. I was going through stuff,” she reveals of her past behavior. Which is why she’s one of a kind! “I think everyone’s trying to pull an Erica, but this is the thing, you can’t pull an Erica unless you’re Erica,” Erica complained about cheap imitation Ericas.
So, the artist formerly known as Bow Wow is making an honest woman out of Erica Mena. Who would have guessed? I had no idea that 1) that Bow Wow was trying to drop his famous moniker in favor of his real name (good luck with that, Shad); or 2) that he was dating Love & Hip Hop’s original hot mess. #loosecannonbymona
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one. Shad’s announcement that the pair is now betrothed set the Internet abuzz with people confused about the undercover couple and just who Shad Moss is (I kid, I kid). Is VH1 thinking of venturing into the realm of wedding specials?
The star, who is no stranger to a tumultuous love life and has been rumored to be linked to Bow Wow recently, reveals that this season viewers will see her focus on both love and business! Erica reveals that she is “transitioning from old ways to new ways.”
“I’m coming into my own,” Erica explains. “I think people will be able to accept it more because they’ve seen my growth from the beginning to now, and they’ve kinda got the point that I don’t hesitate on who I love, whether it’s a woman or a man. I love them, I’m in love with them, and that’s just what it is.”
VH1 promises: “A new group of R&B and hip hop hopefuls have their eyes on the prize and are ready to deliver the shock, drama, and scandal as only the #1 social show of the summer can do. With the music industry constantly evolving, these artists’ unwavering ambition keeps them hustling to stay at the top and willing to lay it all on the line.”
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood premieres September 15 on VH1. Rumor has is that the cast and their storylines leave a lot to be desired – Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Atlanta anymore – we shall see! Check out the full cast and sneak peek below.