List of Love & Hip Hop: New York cast members

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Love & Hip Hop: New York (originally titled Love & Hip Hop) is the original installment of the Love & Hip Hop reality television franchise on VH1. The series premiered on March 6, 2011, and chronicles the lives of several people in New York City (and nearby areas, including New Jersey, and Yonkers), involved with hip hop music.

The series has a large ensemble cast. Over nine seasons, 34 people have appeared in the opening credits as leading cast members. The show features a sprawling supporting cast, with 54 people credited as "additional cast" or "featured" in the show's end credits. These secondary cast members appear in green screen confessional segments and (for the most part) have the same amount of screen time and storyline focus as the show's main cast members. Over the years, several supporting cast members have been upgraded to lead.

Love & Hip Hop: New York has endured the most cast changes in the franchise, with only Rich Dollaz remaining from the original cast. The cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York's current season consists of Remy Ma, Papoose, Joe Budden, Cyn Santana, Kimbella Vanderhee, Juelz Santana, Yandy Smith, Rich Dollaz, Juju C. and Safaree Samuels.

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Cast timeline

Cast member Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Chrissy Lampkin Starring
Emily Bustamante Starring
Olivia Longott Starring Also Starring
Somaya Reece Starring Special Guest1
Kimbella Vanderhee Starring Guest Guest Starring Special Guest1 2 Starring
Yandy Smith-Harris Cameo Starring
Erica Mena Also Starring Starring Special Guest1
Jen the Pen Starring
Raqi Thunda Starring
Winter Ramos Guest Starring
Rashidah Ali Starring Guest Also Starring
Tahiry Jose Starring Special Guest1 2
Tara Wallace Starring Also Starring Cameo
Erica Jean Starring
Amina Buddafly Starring Also Starring
K. Michelle Starring Special Guest3
Cyn Santana Also Starring Starring Starring
Chrissy Monroe Starring
Cardi B Starring
Miss Moe Money & Sexxy Lexxy Starring
Mariahlynn Starring Also Starring
Remy Ma Starring
Bianca Bonnie Also Starring Starring
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Starring
Juju C. Cameo Also Starring Starring
Anaís Starring Also Starring
Lil' Mo Starring
Papoose Also Starring Starring
Joe Budden Also Starring Starring
Juelz Santana Guest Special Guest3 Also Starring Starring
Rich Dollaz Also Starring Starring
Safaree Samuels Also Starring Starring

Note:

  1. ^ Appears in the Dirty Little Secrets special only.
  2. ^ Appears in the Love Edition special only.
  3. ^ Appears in the Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding special only.

Original cast members[edit]


Olivia is one of the four original cast members on Love & Hip Hop.

Chrissy Lampkin[edit]

Christine Lampkin (born April 27, 1971) is the long time girlfriend of rapper Jim Jones.[1] She was born in Harlem to Afro-Cuban parents. She has been in a relationship with Jim since 2004, after meeting him in Miami.

In 2006, Chrissy appeared in a presentation tape for Keeping Up with the Joneses, a proposed doco-series that would attempt to chronicle Jim's everyday life, as well as the behind-the-scenes difficulties in actually making the documentary. While in development with VH1 under the title Diary of a Hip Hop Girlfriend, the show's focus shifted to Chrissy and her circle of friends, forming the basis of what would eventually become Love & Hip Hop.

On January 4, 2011, VH1 announced Chrissy as part of the cast of Love & Hip Hop, which would debut that year on March 6, 2011. The first season chronicles her struggles with Jim's commitment issues, and her strained relationship with his mother, Nancy. Midway through the season, Chrissy proposes to Jim and the two become engaged. Her intense feud with Jim's long-term manager Yandy becomes the focus of season two, culminating in a violent showdown between the two women at a Miami nightclub. Chrissy's relationship with the show's producers grew tense after the incident and she refused to sit down for an interview with executive producer Mona Scott-Young for the season's reunion special, accusing her of manipulating storylines for dramatic effect.[2]

On September 7, 2012, VH1 announced that Jim and Chrissy would leave Love & Hip Hop to star in their own spin-off show Chrissy & Mr. Jones, which premiered on September 24, 2012. The series chronicles the couple's relationship struggles, as well as Chrissy's forays into fashion and interior design. Its series finale aired on December 16, 2013.

The couple returned to reality television in 2016, appearing on We TV's Jim & Chrissy: Vow or Never and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 10 - Family Edition 2.

Emily Bustamante[edit]

Emily Bustamante (born February 10, 1981), also known as Emily B, is a stylist and fashion designer.[3] She was born in New York City to Puerto Rican-Dominican parents, and raised in Norfolk, Virginia.[4] She has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with the rapper Fabolous since 2001 and is the mother of his son, Johan Jackson, born February 16, 2008. She also has a daughter, Taina Williams, born October 14, 1997, from a previous relationship.

The first two seasons chronicle her struggles with Fabolous' infidelity and his refusal to claim her in public.[5]

Emily did not return to the show after the second season's reunion special, instead going on to appear in a supporting role on the spin-off Chrissy & Mr. Jones.

On June 2, 2015, Emily gave birth to Fab's second son, Jonas Jackson. In March 2018, the couple made headlines after a violent incident occurred in which Fab allegedly knocked out her two front teeth.[6]

Olivia Longott[edit]

Olivia Theresa Longott (born February 15, 1981), known professionally as Olivia, is a R&B singer-songwriter.[7] She was born in Brooklyn, New York to a Jamaican mother and Indian-Cuban father. She rose to fame as the "First Lady" of G-Unit, as the first female signed to G-Unit Records.

The first two seasons chronicle her struggles to comeback in the music industry after a series of career misfires.

Olivia was publicly critical of her portrayal on the show, most notably regarding a storyline involving her relationship with her mother.[8] Subsequently, her role was diminished significantly, returning only as a supporting cast member in season three. During the season, she becomes caught up in the relationship drama between her manager Rich Dollaz, and his new artist Erica Mena.

Olivia did not return to the show after the third season's reunion special.

Somaya Reece[edit]

Ginie Castro (born June 17, 1977), known professionally as Somaya Reece, is a Salvadoran-Puerto Rican artist, originally from South Central, Los Angeles.[9] She endured a rough childhood, including an abusive relationship with a teenage boyfriend, and a stint in a gang where she was stabbed and shot two times.[10] She rose to fame as an urban model and through her relationship with rapper Joe Budden, who she dated in 2009.[11][12][13]

The first season chronicles her move to New York City and her struggles to kickstart her music career. She ignites an intense feud with Chrissy after pursuing Jim for a musical collaboration. During the season, she and her manager Maurice get into a war of words with Olivia and her manager Rich. Somaya was phased gradually out of the show during season two, with the finale showing her packing her bags and moving back to Los Angeles. During the second season's reunion special, she confronts series creator Mona Scott-Young over having her storyline cut out, memorably calling her a "bitch".[14]

Somaya appears uncredited in the first season of the spin-off Chrissy & Mr. Jones, where she is seen attending Chrissy, Emily and Talia's fashion show, as well as in season two of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, where she is seen attending Nikki, Princess and Milan's fashion event.

Somaya returns in the special Love & Hip Hop New York: Dirty Little Secrets to discuss her time on the show, the only original cast member to do so. She reportedly filmed scenes with her girlfriend Lady Luck for the show's eighth season, however their scenes never made it to air.[15]

Somaya has made multiple appearances in reality television since her time on the show, appearing in E!'s Famously Single and Bravo's First Family of Hip Hop.

Season 2 additions[edit]


Kimbella Vanderhee[edit]

Kimberly Ann Vanderhee (born October 13, 1983), known professionally as Kimbella, is a biracial urban model and video vixen, originally from Miami, Florida.[16] She has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with Juelz Santana since 2009 and is the mother of his son, Juelz Santana James, born September 6, 2010. She also has a son, Leandro, born September 4, 2002, from a previous relationship.

Kimbella joins the main cast in season two. In the premiere episode, she admits to having sex with Fabolous while Emily was pregnant with his child, igniting a violent altercation with Emily's friend Chrissy. During the season, she gets into an ugly brawl with Erica Mena, stemming from their modelling days together. Kimbella quit the series after the second season's reunion special, where she reveals that she is pregnant with Juelz' second child. She gave birth to Bella Monroe James on July 21, 2012.

Kimbella returns in guest appearances during seasons three and five, appearing as Yandy's friend and confidante. She is a bridesmaid at Yandy and Mendeecees' wedding in the special Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding.

She rejoins the main cast in season seven, which chronicles her relationship with Juelz, as he embarks on a career comeback. She quit the show for a second time while filming season eight after falling out with Yandy,[17] appearing only in the specials Love & Hip Hop New York: Dirty Little Secrets and Love & Hip Hop: The Love Edition.

Kimbella and Juelz rejoin the cast together in season nine, which chronicles their struggles as a couple, after Juelz faces jail time for bringing a loaded gun to Newark Airport. During the season, she reveals that Juelz has struggled with opiate addiction for many years. Later during filming, he proposes and the two become engaged. They marry in the season's finale.

Yandy Smith-Harris[edit]

Yandielle Unique Smith (born March 19, 1982) is an entertainment manager and entrepreneur.[18] She was born in Harlem. In 2004, she graduated from Howard University and interned at Violator under the mentorship of Mona Scott-Young. In 2005, Yandy met Jim Jones on a private jet charted by Russell Simmons, and left Violator to manage him full-time. In 2006, Jim approached VH1 executives to make a reality show about him, leading to the filming of an 11-minute presentation tape, Keeping Up with Joneses, produced by Stefan Springman and Toby Barraud of Eastern TV. VH1 were unsure if audiences would be invested in the concept full-time, and Yandy approached Mona to retool the show, and the concept was tweaked to include Jim's girlfriend Chrissy and her circle of friends, becoming what would be later known as Love & Hip Hop.

Yandy appears briefly in an uncredited cameo in the first season, during Chrissy's proposal party.

Yandy joins the main cast for season two, which chronicles her struggles while working as Jim's manager. During the season, her professional relationship with Jim disintegrates, culminating in a violent brawl with Chrissy at a Miami nightclub, and ending with Jim and Chrissy severing their relationship with Yandy for good.

On July 16, 2012, Yandy gave birth to her first child, Omere Harris, while filming the show's third season. The season introduces Mendeecees Harris, her on again, off-again boyfriend since 2007,[19] and chronicles their engagement and subsequent wedding plans, which are interrupted when Mendeecees is forced to turn himself into custody for multiple drug and trafficking charges. Season four shows Yandy trying to adjust to life with Mendeecees locked up awaiting sentencing. The couple are reunited when Mendeecees is released on bail while filming the show's fifth season, and Yandy gives birth to their second child, Skylar Smith Harris, on January 26, 2015.

On May 25, 2015, Yandy and Mendeecees were married live on VH1 as part of the special Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding.[20]

While filming the show's sixth season, Mendeecees is sentenced to eight years in jail and turns himself in. Season seven chronicles Yandy's strained relationships with Mendeecees' baby mamas, Samantha and Erika, which explodes into an all-out war, as the women fight for custody for Mendeecees' eldest children, Lil Mendeecees and Aasim. During the season, Yandy admits that her televised wedding was "symbolic" and that her marriage to Mendeecees is not legal.

In season eight, Yandy's relationship with Mendeecees becomes strained as he tries to interfere with her business via his mother Judy. Season nine chronicles her attempts to adopt a foster child, Infinity, while feuding with Kimbella.

Season 3 additions[edit]


Erica Mena[edit]

Erica Mena (born November 8, 1987) is an urban model, video vixen and singer.[21] She was born in The Bronx to a Puerto Rican mother and Dominican father. She has a son, King Conde, born March 1, 2007, from a previous relationship. In 2009, she appeared as a troublemaking Dash employee on the E! reality show Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami.

Erica joins the show as a supporting cast member in season two. She is introduced as a rival of Kimbella's, which stems from their days competing for modelling jobs, and the two get into a violent altercation in her first episode. The fight, in which champagne glasses were thrown, causing both to bleed, would lead to stronger security measures for all Love & Hip Hop shows from then on, including hiring personal bodyguards for the cast and enforcing a total ban on glass and metal silverware on set.

She is promoted to the main cast for the third season, which focuses on her turbulent relationship with manager Rich Dollaz and his struggles to kickstart her music career. Erica identifies as bisexual[22] and enters a relationship with a woman, Cyn Santana, in the show's fourth season. Their relationship disintegrates in season five and Erica finds love with rapper Bow Wow. Later, the two become engaged. Erica refused to film onstage with the other cast members during the season's reunion special, announcing that the season would be her last.

Erica and Bow Wow separated just months after she quit the series. In 2017, she returned to the franchise, appearing in the special Love & Hip Hop New York: Dirty Little Secrets and joining the main cast of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta in its seventh season.

On December 24, 2018, she became engaged to fellow Love & Hip Hop cast member, Safaree Samuels.[23] The two met while filming VH1's Scared Famous. Although she does not appear onscreen (and any images of her are blurred), her relationship with Safaree becomes a source of conflict with the show's cast towards the end of season nine.

Jen The Pen[edit]

Jennifer Bayer (born July 16, 1983), known professionally as Jen the Pen, is a radio personality and hip hop music blogger.[24] She was born on Staten Island. In 2005, she appeared on the BET reality show Ultimate Hustler, hosted by Damon Dash, who coined her nickname. She has been in a relationship with rapper Consequence since 2008 and is the mother of his son, Caiden Mills, born August 17, 2011.

The third season chronicles her struggles with Cons' Muslim faith as a Christian. She sparked controversy and criticism when she stated "I'm white, honey, it will get done" during an argument with fellow cast member Raqi.[25][26] Jen and Consequence did not return to the show after the third season's reunion special, in which Consequence sucker punched Joe Budden during taping.[27]

Raqi Thunda[edit]

Raquel Nadia Ameena (born February 24, 1980), known professionally as Raqi Thunda, is a radio personality and self-proclaimed "hip hop confidante", originally from Miami, Florida.[28] She was raised Muslim by an Algerian father and a Puerto Rican mother.

She joins the cast in season three as Joe Budden's close friend, however they have a dramatic falling out early into the season. She later sparks violent feuds with Tahiry, Jen and Rashidah. Raqi did not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Winter Ramos[edit]

Winter Ramos (born March 25, 1979), is an author and former groupie, known for her hip hop exposé, Game Over: My Love for Hip-Hop.[29] She was born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican parents. She worked for many years in the industry as a wardrobe stylist and executive assistant to rappers such as Fabolous.

She appears as a guest star in season two, before joining the main cast in season three. Her storyline revolves around her feud with rapper Lore'l, who has a problem with what Winter wrote about her in her book. Winter was phased gradually out of the show during the season, making a brief appearance at the season's reunion special, where she reveals she is pregnant. Winter gave birth to a daughter, Summer Marie, on August 20, 2013.

Rashidah Ali[edit]

Rashidah Aisha Ali (born January 27, 1984), also known as Rah Ali, is a socialite, entrepreneur and self-professed celebrity "stiletto expert".[30] She was born in The Bronx and raised Muslim. Her "high-end" shoe boutiques in New York and Atlanta have been featured on the reality shows Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Basketball Wives.[31]

Rah joins the cast in season three, which chronicles her legal issues, including being charged for slashing a bouncer's face with a razor blade. During the season, she reveals that she had sex with Yandy's boyfriend, Mendeecees, years earlier, sparking a rivalry between the two women. At the third season reunion, she announces her engagement to her long term boyfriend, a music executive. Rah was demoted after the season's poor reception, returning as a guest star in season four, which chronicles the breakdown of her friendship with Tahiry as she plans her wedding. She begins appearing in a supporting capacity towards the end of season five, before taking on a larger role again in season six, where she appears as Remy Ma's friend and confidante, and embarks on a management career, managing the careers of rapper rivals BBOD and Mariahlynn.

Rah did not return to the show after the sixth season's reunion special, reportedly after falling out with Remy.[32] In 2016, she made a memorable appearance on the show Black Ink Crew, where she got into a brawl with Sky.[33][34] Since 2017, Rah has garnered attention from tabloids and gossip blogs for her friendship with rapper Nicki Minaj, including being referenced in Nicki's diss track "No Frauds" and appearing in its music video, and getting into a much-publicised physical altercation with former co-star Cardi B at New York Fashion Week.[35]

Tahiry Jose[edit]

Tahiry Jose (born May 5, 1979) is an urban model and video vixen.[36] She was born in Harlem to Dominican parents. She came into the public eye due to her relationship with rapper Joe Budden, who she began dating in 2005.

The third and fourth seasons chronicle her and Joe's on-again, off-again relationship. During the course of season three, she embarks on a music career, releasing a single, "Devil", with producer Cisco Rosado.

Tahiry left the show at the beginning of filming season five, believing "it was time to leave". Any scenes she filmed never made it to air.[37] In 2017, she returned to the franchise in the special Love & Hip Hop New York: Dirty Little Secrets.

Season 4 additions[edit]


Tara Wallace[edit]

Taranasha Wallace (born September 20, 1976) is an actress and etiquette coach, originally from Jayess, Mississippi.[38][39] She came into the public eye for her relationship with rapper Peter Gunz, who she began dating in 2000, and is the mother of his sons, Jamison Pankey, born October 14, 2008, and Kaz Pankey, born January 6, 2012.

She joins the cast with Peter in season four. During the season, it is revealed that Peter has married another woman, Amina, behind her back, leading to a violent showdown between the two women. The dramatic storyline, reminiscent of the love triangle featured on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, garnered the highest ratings of the show so far. In season five, Peter continues to go back and forth between Tara and Amina, leading to a controversial period in season six in which the two women are pregnant at the same time. On February 13, 2016, Tara gave birth to her third son with Peter, Gunner Ethan Pankey.

Tara and Amina were phased out of the show during season seven, returning only as supporting cast members. She appears briefly in an uncredited cameo in season eight, where she is seen attending Rich's diabetes awareness event.

Erica Jean[edit]

Erica Jean Newman (born July 16, 1976) is an actress.[40][41] She was born in The Bronx and raised in Queens to a Puerto-Rican mother and African-American father. She came into the public eye after having a son, Brian Steven Robert Newman, with rapper Saigon in 2012.

The fourth season chronicles her and Saigon's volatile relationship, and their struggles in raising their child, who is revealed to have developmental disabilities. Erica and Saigon did not return to the show after the season's reunion special, and later appeared together on an episode of OWN's Iyanla: Fix My Life.[42]

Amina Buddafly[edit]

Aminata Schmahl Pankey (born April 18, 1983), known professionally as Amina Buddafly, is a Senegalese-German R&B singer-songwriter, originally from Hamburg, Germany.[43][44] She rose to fame as a former member of the girl group Black Buddafly, with her sisters Jazz and Sophie.

She joins the cast in season four, as the secret wife of rapper Peter Gunz. Their marriage is revealed dramatically early into the season, leading to a violent showdown between Amina and Tara, his girlfriend of 11 years, and the mother of his children. At the fourth season reunion, she reveals that she is pregnant with Peter's child. On July 29, 2014, Amina gave birth to a daughter, Cori Pankey. In season five, Peter continues to go back and forth with Tara, and after falling pregnant in season six, Amina decides to have an abortion. At the sixth season reunion, while Tara is pregnant with Peter's baby, she reveals that she too is pregnant by Peter.

On August 9, 2016, Amina gave birth to her second daughter, Bronx Pankey. She returns as a supporting cast member towards the end of season seven, after moving to Los Angeles for a fresh start. During the season, she officially ends her relationship with Peter and does not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

K. Michelle[edit]

Kimberly Michelle Pate (born March 4, 1982), known professionally as K. Michelle, is a R&B/soul singer-songwriter, originally from Memphis, Tennessee.[45] She appeared as a main cast member on the first two seasons of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, and is one of its original six cast members.

She joins the cast in season four, which documents her move to New York. K's purpose on the show was mainly served to set up her own spin-off series, as such, she appeared in infrequently and barely interacted with the rest of the cast.

K did not attend the season's reunion, and announced that she had left the show to star in the spin-off K. Michelle: My Life.[46] She performed at Yandy and Mendecees' wedding on the live special Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding and rejoined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta in season five. Her spin-off ended after three seasons, and she joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in season five, making her the only person in the franchise's history to appear in three incarnations of Love & Hip Hop as a main cast member.

Season 5 additions[edit]


Cyn Santana[edit]

Cynthia Pacheco (born October 20, 1992), known professionally as Cyn Santana, is an urban model and video vixen.[47] She was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan, to a Dominican father and Salvadorian mother.

Cyn is introduced as a love interest of Erica Mena, appearing as a supporting cast member in season four. The season chronicles their blossoming romance, her first relationship with a woman.

Cyn joins the main cast in season five, which chronicles her and Erica's dramatic and violent break up. During the course of the season, she embarks on a music career, releasing the single "How Can You Leave?" with producer Cisco Rosado, in tribute to her late brother who committed suicide the year before. Towards the end of the season, she begins dating her longtime friend Ray Stacks, who she introduces at the fifth season reunion.

After a four-year hiatus, Cyn returns as a main cast member in season nine with Joe Budden. Although they never interacted together previously on the show, the two began dating in 2016, and welcomed a son, Lexington, on December 15, 2017. The season chronicles their relationship struggles, including her battle with postpartum depression. During the season, she reveals that she was molested by a female babysitter when she was five years old.[48] In the season finale, Joe proposes and the two become engaged.

Chrissy Monroe[edit]

Christina Crastanda (born September 7, 1972), known professionally as Chrissy Monroe, is an Italian-American socialite and model agent, originally from Baltimore, Maryland.[49] She is a former sex worker and madam, who claims Erica Mena used to work as an escort for her.[50]

Chrissy joins the main cast in season five, which chronicles her relationship struggles with rapper Chink Santana and her desires to have a family. The couple break up at the end of the season, and do not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Season 6 additions[edit]


Cardi B (top) and Remy Ma (below) joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York in season six.

Cardi B[edit]

Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is a rapper.[51] She was born in The Bronx to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother. She worked as a stripper for five years, and rose to fame as a social media personality for her video posts on Instagram and Vine. Her sister, Hennessy Carolina, also appears on the show.

Cardi joins the main cast in season six. With her fiancé Tommy in prison, she enjoys a casual fling with DJ Self, leading to a violent altercation with his girlfriend Yorma. Cardi and Self end up clashing later in the season, when he fails to take her rap career seriously. Cardi's music career begins to take off in season seven after the release of her mixtapes, and her relationship with producer Swift Star turns sexual, leading to a heated confrontation between her and his girlfriend Asia.

On December 30, 2016, she announced she was leaving the show to focus on her rap career.[52] Cardi is considered the show's breakout star[53] and catapulted to stardom shortly after her stint on the show, signing a record deal with Atlantic Records and releasing the Grammy Award-nominated single "Bodak Yellow", which reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[54] In September 2017, she married Offset of the southern hip hop group Migos, and gave birth to a daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus on July 10, 2018.

Miss Moe Money & Sexxy Lexxy[edit]

Monisha Brown (born March 21, 1990) and Alexis Smith Walker (born October 16, 1990), known professionally as Miss Moe Money and Sexxy Lexxy respectively, are members of the rap duo BBOD (Bad Bitches on Deck).[55] They are credited together in the opening credits and even share green screen scenes in several episodes. The duo were born in Harlem, although Moe grew up in Pennsylvania. Lexxy's uncle and mentor is the rapper Treach.

Moe and Lexxy joins the main cast in season six, which chronicles their internal struggles as a duo as well as their violent rivalries with fellow rappers Bianca Bonnie and Mariahlynn. The two did not return to the show after the season's reunion special, and went on to make guest appearances on Bravo's First Family of Hip Hop.

Mariahlynn[edit]

Mariahlynn Jacoby-Araujo (born July 17, 1990), known professionally as Mariahlynn is a rapper.[56] She was born in Jersey City to an Italian mother and Puerto Rican father. Her mother suffers from substance abuse issues, and she endured a rough childhood within the foster care system. In order to provide for her family, Mariahlynn worked as a stripper and a go-go dancer. She was discovered by DJ Self, who helped make her single, "Once Upon a Time (I Was a Hoe)", a radio hit.

Mariahlynn joins the main cast in season six, which chronicles her personal and professional struggles. During the season, she sparks feuds with Moe and Lexxy, and tries to beat the "creep squad" at their own game, having casual flings with Cisco Rosado and Rich Dollaz. In season seven, she signs to Self's record label, Gwinin Entertainment, and finds herself caught in a contract war between Self and Cisco, as well as a violent rivalry with Major Galore, Self's only other female artist. In season eight, she briefly dates singer James R, which ends after she finds him in a compromising position at a video shoot with Sophia Body. During the season, her friendship with Bianca Bonnie puts her at odds with rapper Brittney Taylor, and DreamDoll, Gwinin's newest signee.

Mariahlynn returns as a supporting cast member in season nine. After her mother faces legal issues once again, she battles to gain sole custody of her sister Icelynn. At the season's reunion, she professes her love for Rich, and reveals that the two have been in a secret, on-again-off-again relationship for eight years.

Remy Ma[edit]

Reminisce Smith Mackie (born May 30, 1980), known professionally as Remy Ma, is a Grammy Award-nominated rapper.[57] She was born in The Bronx. Remy spent six and a half years in prison for shooting a former friend of hers over a financial dispute. She married rapper Papoose while she was incarcerated in 2008. She has a son, Jayson "Jace" Smith, born August 13, 2000, from a previous relationship.

She joins the main cast in season six, which chronicles her struggles to adjust to life after her release from prison. She and Papoose renew their vows in an official ceremony in the finale. Seasons seven and eight focus on their struggles to conceive a child together, including a devastating ectopic pregnancy. In season nine, after undergoing intensive IVF treatments, she becomes pregnant with her first child with Papoose, who he nicknames "The Golden Child". On December 14, 2018, Remy gave birth to a daughter, Reminisce MacKenzie Mackie.

Additionally, Remy stars in the holiday special Remy & Papoose: A Merry Mackie Holiday, and the spin-off Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies.

Season 7 additions[edit]


Bianca Bonnie[edit]

Bianca Dupree (born July 1, 1991), known professionally as Bianca Bonnie, is a rapper.[58] She was born in Harlem. She rose to fame at the age of 15 under the name Young B with the hit single, "Chicken Noodle Soup", which won her a Soul Train Music Award.

She joins the supporting cast in season six, which chronicles her return to the music industry after some personal struggles. She signs to Yandy's management and ends up winning Self's Gwinin Fest, beating out rapper rivals Moe and Lexxy and new ally Mariahlynn.

She joins the main cast in season seven, where she pursues a romance with DJ Drewski, sparking a feud with his girlfriend Sky. Her violent antics threaten to derail her career in season eight when a rival from her past, rapper Brittney Taylor, comes to New York. After multiple altercations between the two girls, Yandy severs their business relationship for good. After a public fallout with Mariahlynn, Bianca confirmed on social media that the season would be her last.[59]

Felicia "Snoop" Pearson[edit]

Felicia Pearson (born May 18, 1980), also known as Snoop, is an actress, originally from Baltimore, Maryland.[60] Pearson was born a crack baby, and before discovering acting, endured a rough life in the foster care system, including working as a drug dealer and being convicted of second-degree murder by the age of 15. She is best known for her role in the HBO series The Wire.

She joins the main cast in season seven, which chronicles her attempts to launch her own record label Gorgeous Gangster Records, as well as her romantic struggles with girlfriend J. Adrienne, who identifies as heterosexual and "only gay for Snoop". The couple break up during the course of the season. Although still credited as lead in every episode in season eight, she appears as a background character, having little-to-no storyline of her own. She did not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Season 8 additions[edit]


Anaís (top) and Lil' Mo (below) joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York in season eight.

Juju C.[edit]

Juliet Casteneda (born March 21, 1985), known professionally as Juju C. or "The Chocolate Cuban", is an Afro-Latina author, entrepreneur and social media personality, originally from Miami, Florida.[61] She known in the public eye for her ten-year relationship with rapper Cam'ron, which ended during filming of the show's eighth season in 2017.

Juju attends Remy and Papoose's wedding in the season six finale and appears briefly in an uncredited cameo. She joins the supporting cast in season seven, acting as a friend and confidante to Kimbella, Yandy and Remy. She releases her first book, Secrets of a Jewel, which causes minor controversy with the girls when Yandy believes one of the characters is based on her.[62]

Juju joins the main cast in season eight, her storyline revolving around adapting Secrets of a Jewel into a play. During the season, she develops a close friendship with Safaree. In season nine, she has a falling out with Jonathan over a business dispute, although the two eventually reconcile.

Juju also appears as a supporting cast member in one episode of Love & Hip Hop: Miami's first season, and attends its reunion.

Anaís[edit]

Anaís Martínez (born June 22, 1984) is a Latin Grammy Award-nominated singer, originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.[63][64] She came to the United States when she was around five years old and was raised in the Bronx.[65] She appeared on an episode of The Jerry Springer Show titled "Bring On The Bisexuals" in 2002.[66] She rose to fame after winning the Puerto-Rican singing competition show Objetivo Fama in 2005. She resides in Hawthorne, New Jersey with her husband Confesor Ruben Brito, a businessman who works at a luxury car dealership, and their two sons, Diamond and King Martínez.[67]

Anaís joins the cast in season eight. Frustrated by the state of her career and stuck in a miserable marriage, she becomes recklessly flirtatious, culminating in an affair with Rich Dollaz. She returns as a supporting cast member in season nine, but disappears from the show after a few episodes. It is eventually revealed that she has been struggling with mental illness, and been in and out of mental health facilities for the past few months.[68]

Lil' Mo[edit]

Cynthia Karen Loving (born November 19, 1975), known professionally as Lil' Mo, is a Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter.[69][70] Mo previously appeared on the TV One reality series R&B Divas: Los Angeles. She is married to the boxer Karl Dargan, with whom she shares eight children.

Mo joins the cast in season eight, which chronicles her struggles juggling her career with her marriage and family life. Mo and Karl do not return to the show after the season's reunion special, but would go on to appear on We TV's Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 12 — Hip Hop Edition with several other Love & Hip Hop couples.

Season 9 additions[edit]


Papoose (top), Joe Budden (middle) and Juelz Santana (below) appear as supporting cast members before joining the main cast in season nine of Love & Hip Hop: New York.

Papoose[edit]

Shamele Mackie (born March 5, 1978), known professionally as Papoose, is a rapper.[71] He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He married Remy Ma while she was incarcerated in 2008. He has three children from previous relationships, Shamele, Dejanae and another daughter.

He joins the supporting cast in season six, where he helps Remy adjust to life after prison. The two renew their vows in an official ceremony in the finale. Seasons seven and eight focus on their struggles to conceive a child together, including a devastating ectopic pregnancy.

He is promoted to the main cast in season nine, although he appears infrequently. In the season finale, he welcomes his first child with Remy, Reminisce MacKenzie Mackie.

Additionally, Papoose stars in the holiday special Remy & Papoose: A Merry Mackie Holiday, and the spin-off Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies.

Joe Budden[edit]

Joseph Anthony Budden II (born August 31, 1980), known professionally as Joe Budden, is a Grammy Award-nominated rapper.[72] He was born in Harlem, New York, and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. He has a son, Tré Budden, born May 11, 2001, from a previous relationship.

He joins the supporting cast in the third and fourth seasons, which chronicle his substance abuse issues and romantic troubles, including his turbulent relationships with Tahiry and Kaylin Garcia.

In 2015, he appeared with Kaylin on VH1's Couples Therapy. In 2017, he announced his retirement from rap, and instead found success as a broadcaster, having a much publicized run as a co-host on Everyday Struggle for Complex. In 2018, Joe created the late-night talk show State of the Culture for Revolt, which he hosts with his Love & Hip Hop co-star Remy Ma, and landed an exclusive partnership with Spotify to host his podcast, The Joe Budden Podcast.

Joe returns as a main cast member in season nine, with his girlfriend Cyn Santana. Although they never interacted together previously on the show, the two began dating in 2016, and welcomed a son, Lexington, on December 15, 2017. The season chronicles their relationship struggles. In the season finale, he proposes and the two become engaged.

Juelz Santana[edit]

LaRon Louis James (born February 18, 1982), known professionally as Juelz Santana, is a Grammy Award-nominated rapper.[73] He is a member of the East Coast rap group The Diplomats, alongside Jim Jones and Cam'ron. He was born in Harlem to an African-American mother and Dominican father. He has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with Kimbella since 2009 and is the father of her children, Juelz Santana James, born September 6, 2010, and Bella Monroe James, born July 21, 2012. He also has a son, LaRon Louis James Jr., born October 24, 2003 from a previous relationship.

After minor guest appearances in the first two seasons, he returns as a supporting cast member in season seven to document his comeback to the music industry.

He joins the main cast in season nine, which chronicles his opiate addiction and legal issues, after he was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to Newark Airport. During the season, he proposes to Kimbella and the two marry in the finale.

Rich Dollaz[edit]

Richard Ashton Martin-Trowers[74][75] (born August 4, 1971),[76] known professionally as Rich Dollaz, is a music executive and entertainment manager, originally from Waterbury, Connecticut.[77][78] He is the CEO of Dollaz Unlimited. He began his career as an intern working in the promotional and marketing department at Bad Boy Records. He has a daughter, Ashley, with former girlfriend Miracle Kaye Hall, both of who also appear on the show, along with several other children.[79] He has been arrested multiple times for not paying child support.[80][81]

Dollaz is introduced as Olivia's long term manager. Subsequent seasons focus on his love life, as well as his tendency to mix business with pleasure with the various women he manages, including Erica Mena in seasons three and four, Jhonni Blaze and Diamond Strawberry in season five, Mariahlynn in season six, Jade Wifey in season seven and Anaís in season eight. Rich is a member of the self-professed "creep squad", along with Peter and Cisco, and later, Self and Snoop.

After appearing in every season prior as a supporting cast member, Dollaz is promoted to main cast in season nine. During the season, his baby mama Miracle faces legal issues after shooting her husband in a domestic dispute. At the season's reunion, Mariahlynn professes her love for Rich, and reveals that the two have been in a secret, on-again off-again relationship for eight years.

Dollaz appears as a supporting cast member in season two of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, which chronicles his relationship with Moniece Slaughter, and in two episodes of season seven of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, where he reunites with his ex Erica Mena, in a scheme orchestrated by Stevie J.

Safaree Samuels[edit]

Safaree Lloyd Samuels (born July 4, 1981) is a rapper and record producer.[82] He came into the public eye through his relationship with Nicki Minaj, whom he dated from 2002 until 2014. He was born in Brooklyn to Jamaican parents. He previously appeared on K. Michelle: My Life and as a main cast member on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.

Safaree joins the supporting cast in season eight, which chronicles his return to New York to be closer to his family. He briefly dates DreamDoll, before developing a close friendship with Juju. At the reunion, it is revealed in a deleted scene that he hooked up with Mariahlynn.

He is promoted to main cast in season nine, which chronicles his various troubles, including being robbed at gunpoint,[83] having his nude photos leak[84] and being booed off the stage during a performance at Dyckman Park.[85] Later in the season, he begins dating his Scared Famous co-star Erica Mena, their relationship ending his friendships with Joe and Rich.

Additionally, Safaree appears as a supporting cast member on Leave It to Stevie.

Supporting[edit]

Cast timeline

Cast member Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Jim Jones Also Starring
Mashonda Tifrere Also Starring
Maurice Aguilar Also Starring
Nancy "Mama" Jones Also Starring Special Guest4
Teairra Marí Also Starring
Mendeecees Harris Also Starring Guest5 Also Starring Guest5
Consequence Also Starring
Lore'l Also Starring
Kaylin Garcia Also Starring
Peter Gunz Guest Also Starring Guest
Nya Lee Also Starring Also Starring
Saigon Also Starring
Diamond Strawberry Also Starring
Cisco Rosado Guest Also Starring Special Guest6 7
Chink Santana Also Starring
Precious Paris Also Starring
Jhonni Blaze Also Starring Special Guest6 7
DJ Self Cameo Also Starring
Yorma Hernandez Also Starring
Rose Also Starring
Hennessy Carolina Guest Also Starring
Samantha Wallace Guest Also Starring
J. Adrienne Also Starring
Swift Star Also Starring
DJ Drewski Also Starring
Sofi Green Also Starring
Sky Landish Also Starring
Kim Wallace Guest Also Starring
Erika DeShazo Guest Also Starring
Judy Harris Guest Also Starring
Asia Davies Also Starring
Ashley Trowers Guest Also Starring Guest
Jade Wifey Also Starring
Moniece Slaughter Special Guest4 Also Starring Special Guest7
Major Galore Also Starring
Navarro Gray Also Starring Guest
Brittney Taylor Also Starring
Jaquáe Also Starring
Jonathan Fernandez Cameo Also Starring
James R. Cameo Also Starring
Ashley Diaz Also Starring
DreamDoll Also Starring
Sophia Body Also Starring
Karl Dargan Also Starring
Grafh Also Starring
Ayisha Diaz Also Starring
Trent Crews Also Starring
Kiyanne Also Starring
Alexis Skyy Also Starring
Maino Guest Also Starring
Sidney Starr Also Starring
Maggie Carrie Also Starring

Note:

  1. ^ Appears in the Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding special only.
  2. ^ As Mendeecees was incarcerated during filming of these seasons, he only makes voice appearances during phone call conversations.
  3. ^ Appears in the Dirty Little Secrets special only.
  4. ^ Appears in the Love Edition special only.

Original cast members[edit]


Jim Jones appears as a supporting cast member in the first two seasons of Love & Hip Hop: New York.

Jim Jones[edit]

Joseph Guillermo Jones II (born July 15, 1976), known professionally as Jim Jones, is a rapper.[86] He is a member of the East Coast rap group The Diplomats, alongside Juelz Santana and Cam'ron. He was born in The Bronx, New York, to an Aruban mother and Puerto Rican father, and raised in Harlem. He has a son, Joseph Guillermo "Pudie" Jones III, from a previous relationship, born May 20, 2003. Jim has been in a relationship with Chrissy Lampkin since 2004, after meeting her in Miami.

In 2006, Jim appeared in a presentation tape for Keeping Up with the Joneses, a proposed doco-series that would chronicle Jim's life, as well as the behind-the-scenes dramas in making the documentary. The pilot, which was the basis for what would eventually become Love & Hip Hop, was pitched to VH1 and then passed to producer Mona Scott-Young. While in development under the title Diary of a Hip Hop Girlfriend, the shows' focus shifted to Jim's girlfriend Chrissy and her circle of friends. On January 4, 2011, VH1 announced Jim as part of the supporting cast of Love & Hip Hop, which would debut that year on March 6, 2011.

The first two seasons chronicles Jim's commitment issues and struggles with Chrissy, as well as his dramatic falling out with long-term manager Yandy. During the first season, Chrissy proposes to Jim and the two become engaged.

On September 7, 2012, VH1 announced that Jim and Chrissy would leave the show to star in their own spin-off show Chrissy & Mr. Jones. The series chronicles their relationship struggles, as well as Jim's business ventures, specifically his Vamp Life brand. Its series finale aired on December 16, 2013. In 2016, the couple returned to reality television, appearing on We TV's Jim & Chrissy: Vow or Never and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 10 - Family Edition 2.

Mashonda Tifrere[edit]

Mashonda Tifrere (born January 9, 1979) is a R&B singer, originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She was raised in Harlem, New York. She was married to rapper Swizz Beatz from 2004 until 2008, when he famously left her for Alicia Keys.[87] She is the mother of his son, Kasseem Dean, Jr., born December 22, 2006.

She appears in a supporting role in the first season, appearing as a mentor to Emily, warning her about the dangers of dating men in the industry. Despite only appearing in three episodes and not attending the reunion, Mashonda is featured in promo pictures, group shots and on the first season DVD cover with the four main cast members. She quit the series after having issues with her portrayal,[88] and since her time on the show, has mended her relationship with Swizz and Alicia, releasing a book about blended families.[89]

Maurice Aguilar[edit]

Maurice Aguilar is an entertainment manager. He is the co-founder and Senior Vice President of Media Monopoly Group, a 360 media management firm based out of New York and Los Angeles.

He is introduced as Somaya's manager in the first season. During the season, he involves himself in the conflict between Chrissy and Somaya. After he makes reference to Jim's alleged money issues during the fight at the yacht party, Jim comes after him on the streets of New York. Later in the season, he and Somaya come into conflict with Olivia and her manager Rich. He is dramatically fired by Somaya two episodes into season two, and he is not seen again.

Nancy "Mama" Jones[edit]

Nancy Jones (born April 6, 1959), also known as Mama Jones, is the mother of rapper Jim Jones.[90] She was born in Manhattan to Aruban parents. She is a community activist, youth advocate and self-professed hustler, with several business ventures. In 2006, she appeared in the presentation tape for Keeping Up with the Joneses, with Jim and Chrissy, which would form the basis for Love & Hip Hop.

The first two seasons chronicle her clashes with her daughter-in-law, Chrissy. During the second season, she releases the single, "Psychotic", a diss track aimed at Chrissy.

She leaves the series for a supporting role on the spin-off show Chrissy & Mr. Jones, which chronicles her antics with friends Freddie and Sassy, and her business ventures, including a perfume, PumKásh, and a sex advice book. She would return to the franchise in 2015, when she attends Yandy and Mendeecees' wedding in the live special Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding. She later appeared with Jim and Chrissy on the We TV reality shows Jim & Chrissy: Vow or Never and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 10 - Family Edition 2.

Nancy is the first mother of another cast member to be predominately featured in the franchise. Subsequent seasons and spin-offs would also feature the archetype of the eccentric, overbearing mother meddling in the affairs of her children. She is also the first cast member to release a diss track against another cast member, a regular fixture within the franchise.

Season 2 additions[edit]


Teairra Marí[edit]

Teairra Marquisha Thomas (born December 2, 1987), known professionally as Teairra Marí, is a R&B/pop singer and actress, originally from Detroit, Michigan.[91] She rose to fame when Jay Z signed her to Def Jam Recordings at the age of 16, alongside Rihanna.[92] She was dropped from the label in 2006, after poor album sales, and she has struggled to revive her music career ever since.

Teairra joins the supporting cast in season two, acting as a friend and confidante to Emily. Several episodes during the season were filmed in Miami, originally intended to set up a spin-off starring Teairra and Erica Mena.[93] She does not return to the show after the season's Miami trip.

In 2014, Teairra joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, becoming one of the show's original eight cast members.

Season 3 additions[edit]


Mendeecees Harris[edit]

Mendeecees Harris (born October 26, 1978) is a real estate entrepreneur and entertainment manager.[94] He was born in Harlem, New York to Panamanian parents. He owns the Beat Factory Studio in The Bronx and manages several NYC-based rappers, such as Vado and Webstar. He has been in a relationship with Yandy Smith since 2008, and has two children from previous relationships, Lil Mendeecees, born to Samantha Wallace on October 9, 2005, and Aasim, born to Erika DeShazo on September 7, 2011.[95][96][97] He also had a casual fling with Rashidah Ali, years before their appearance on the show together.

Mendeecees joins the supporting cast in season three, which chronicles the birth of Omere, his first child with Yandy, and the couple's engagement. However, later in the season, their wedding plans are interrupted when Mendeecees faces legal issues and is forced to turn himself into custody for multiple drug and trafficking charges. Mendeecees is locked up awaiting sentencing during season four, but continues to make appearances on the show via phone call conversations with Yandy. Mendeecees returns in season five after getting bail, and Yandy gives birth to their second child, Sylar.

On May 25, 2015, Yandy and Mendeecees were married live on VH1 as part of the special Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding.

In season six, Mendeecees is sentenced to eight years in jail and turns himself in again in the finale. While he is behind bars in season seven, Yandy admits that her televised wedding was "symbolic" and that her marriage to Mendeecees is not legal.

Mendeeces would continue to make appearances via phone call conversations with Yandy and other cast members during seasons seven, eight and nine.

Consequence[edit]

Dexter Raymond Mills, Jr. (born June 14, 1977), known professionally as Consequence, is a rapper and record producer.[98] He was born in Queens, New York. He rose to fame through his collaborations with Kanye West. He has been in a relationship with radio personality Jen the Pen since 2008 and is the father of her son, Caiden Mills, born August 17, 2011.

The third season chronicles his struggles with Jen' Christian faith as a Muslim. He sparked controversy and criticism during filming when he wrote a song for Lore'l which included the lyrics "light skin is the right skin".[99] After Consequence sucker punched Joe Budden at the third season reunion, the couple did not return to the show.[27]

Lore'l[edit]

Monica Torres (born January 13, 1988), known professionally as Lore'l, is a rapper.[100] She was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Puerto Rican parents, and grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey.

The third season documents her attempts to kickstart her music career, amid ongoing feuds with Erica Mena and Winter. She did not return to the show after the season's reunion special, and since 2016, has appeared as a co-host on the Lip Service podcast with radio personality Angela Yee.

Kaylin Garcia[edit]

Kaylin Garcia (born November 10, 1991) is a Puerto Rican-Thai urban model and video vixen, originally from Homestead, Florida. She began dating rapper Joe Budden in 2012.

She appears in a minor supporting role in the third season, which chronicles the demise of her relationship with Joe when he reunites with his ex, Tahiry. In 2015, she appeared with Joe on VH1's Couples Therapy.[101]

Season 4 additions[edit]


Peter Gunz[edit]

Peter Pankey (born January 6, 1969), known professionally as Peter Gunz, is a Grammy Award-nominated rapper.[102] He was born in The Bronx, New York. He rose to fame as a member of the rap duo Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz. He has been in an off-again, off-again relationship with Tara Wallace since 2000, and is the father of her sons, Jamison, born October 14, 2008, and Kaz, born January 6, 2012. He has five children from previous relationships, Cory Gunz, Whitney, Brandon, Kennedi and Phoenix.[103]

Peter first appears as a guest star in season three, as Rich's friend and confidante.

Peter joins the supporting cast in season four. During the season, it is revealed that he has married another woman, Amina, behind Tara's back, leading to a violent showdown between the two women. The dramatic storyline, reminiscent of the love triangle featured on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, garnered the highest ratings in the show's history. At the fourth season reunion, Amina reveals that she is pregnant with Peter's child, and gives birth to a daughter, Cori, during season five. However, Peter continues to go back and forth between Tara and Amina, leading to a controversial period in season six in which the two women are pregnant at the same time. In seven, he welcomes to his ninth and tenth child, Gunner, by Tara, and Bronx, by Amina.

In 2017, he appeared with Amina and Tara in We TV's, Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 9.[104] Peter returns as a guest star in several episodes in season eight.

Nya Lee[edit]

Tolley Ingram (born December 16, 1991), known professionally as Nya Lee, is an urban model, video vixen and rapper.[105] She was born in The Bronx, New York, and rose to fame as a stripper. In 2011, she was stabbed in a nightclub brawl by four women, leaving an 18-inch scar across her neck and chest.[106]

She joins the supporting cast in season four, which chronicles her attempts to kickstart her music career, sparking a violent feud with Erica Mena.

On April 27, 2016, Nya gave birth to a daughter, Winner.[107] Despite expressing regret in interviews for ever appearing on the show,[108] she returns to the supporting cast in season nine, which chronicles her career struggles, amid feuds with Sidney Starr and Mariahlynn.

Saigon[edit]

Brian Daniel Carenard (born July 13, 1977), known professionally as Saigon, is a rapper.[109] He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an African-American mother and Haitian father. He has at least two children, Rayne Dior, from a previous relationship, and Brian Stephen, with Erica Jean, both born in 2012.

The fourth season chronicles his volatile relationship with Erica Jean, and their struggles in raising their child, who is revealed to have developmental disabilities. Saigon and Erica did not return to the show after the season's reunion special, and later appeared together on an episode of OWN's Iyanla: Fix My Life.[42]

Season 5 additions[edit]


Diamond Strawberry[edit]

Diamond Strawberry (born June 28, 1988) is a model and singer, originally from Los Angeles, California.[110] She is the daughter of baseball player Darryl Strawberry. She has a daughter, MyLisa, born September 17, 2007.

She joins the supporting cast in season five, which chronicles her move to New York to pursue her career, as well as a serious relationship with producer Cisco Rosado, who she has been dating for two years. They have a dramatic break up on camera when he discovers that she has been keeping her daughter a secret, and it is revealed that he fathered a child with another woman while they were dating. During the season, she is seduced by Rich, igniting a violent feud with his girlfriend Jhonni Blaze.

Diamond sparked controversy and criticism for referring to her daughter as a dog, as well as a scene where she allegedly has sex with Rich Dollaz in a bathroom.[111] She did not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Cisco Rosado[edit]

Francisco Rosado (born June 29, 1979) is a music executive and record producer.[112] He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Puerto Rican parents. He is the father of two children, Tianna and Cisco Rosado Jr., with former girlfriend Tasha. He is a member of the show's self-professed "creep squad", with Rich and Peter.

Cisco first appears as a guest star in season three, where he helps Tahiry kickstart a music career.

Cisco joins the supporting cast in season five, which chronicles the demise of his relationship with Diamond Strawberry, as well as his struggles to co-parent with estranged baby mama Tasha. He also develops an interest in Cyn, producing a single for her and helping her start a music career, although she gently rejects any romantic advances. In season six, Cisco begins dating Moe Money, however he ends up cheating on her with Mariahlynn, causing a rift between the girls. Later in the season, he admits to using Mariahlynn to get back at Rich for having sex with Diamond Strawberry the year before. The two make amends in season seven, after learning of his mother's brain aneurysm diagnosis. However, the stress of her health situation causes him to lash out violently at his friends, first at Self, over a contract war with Mariahlynn, and later at Peter, over a business deal gone wrong.

After falling out with Rich, Cisco was let go from the show. He returned as a supporting cast member in season four of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, which chronicles his brief, yet turbulent relationship with Teairra Marí, and in the specials Love & Hip Hop New York: Dirty Little Secrets and Love & Hip Hop: The Love Edition.

Chink Santana[edit]

Andre Parker (born September 2, 1972), known professionally as Chink Santana, is a Grammy Award-winning rapper and record producer, originally from Washington, D.C..[113]

Chink joins the supporting cast in season five, which chronicles his relationship struggles with socialite Chrissy Monroe. The couple break up at the end of the season, and the two did not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Precious Paris[edit]

Precious Paris (born July 13, 1978) is a rapper.[114] She was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, and is signed to 50 Cent's label G-Unit Records.

Paris joins the supporting cast in season five, where she takes on Rich Dollaz as a manager and sparks a violent feud with Jhonni Blaze. She fires Rich as a manager at the end of the season, and does not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Jhonni Blaze[edit]

Jzapal Vonkrishna Jackson (born June 10, 1990), known professionally as Jhonni Blaze, is a R&B singer-songwriter. She was born in Georgia to African-German parents and grew up in Jamaica, Queens, New York. She rose to fame as a stripper and sex worker in Houston, Texas,[115] which lead to a career as an urban model and video vixen, and a brief stint in pornography. In 2014, she made headlines for filing a police report against the rapper Drake for claiming his entourage threatened her life.

Jhonni joins the supporting cast in season five, which chronicles her struggles to overcome her controversial past, which has largely overshadowed her music career. She reconnects with Rich, her former flame, and takes him on as a manager. During the season, she clashes violently with Precious Paris and Diamond Strawberry.

Jhonni was cast in the proposed spin-off Love & Hip Hop: Houston, which began filming in February 2016. However, the show was put on hold indefinitely midway through filming in June 2016 due to concerns for the crew's safety, after several shoots were shut down by cast violence (including a scene involving Jhonni and Just Brittany, where guns were drawn), as well as locals interrupting filming.

Jhonni returned to the show in the specials Love & Hip Hop New York: Dirty Little Secrets and Love & Hip Hop: The Love Edition.

She filmed scenes for season five of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, however they never made it to air, although glimpses of her can be seen in the background. She was set to join the cast again in season seven as Stevie's new artist, serving as a replacement for Joseline Hernandez, however she fell out with show's producers after her Love & Hip Hop: Houston co-star and rival Just Brittany was cast, and she exposed several of the season's upcoming storylines in a series of Instagram posts.[116]

Jhonni has made multiple appearances in reality television since her time on the show, including VH1's Black Ink Crew: Chicago and WE TV's Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta with fellow Love & Hip Hop alumni Deb Antney and Masika Kalysha.

Season 6 additions[edit]


DJ Self[edit]

Terrence Walker (born January 20, 1977), known professionally as DJ Self, is a radio personality and DJ at Power 105.1.[117] He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Nigerian parents. He is the self-professed "Prince of NY" and the CEO of Gwinin Entertainment, whose roster includes fellow cast members Mariahlynn, Major Galore and DreamDoll. He has a daughter, Kayla, with Regina Gamboa, born March 24, 2000.

Self appears briefly in the first episode of season two, introducing a performance by The Diplomats. He also appears uncredited in an episode of Chrissy & Mr. Jones.

Self joins the cast in season six, which chronicles his relationship struggles with girlfriend Yorma Hernandez and his difficulties remaining faithful. Seasons seven and eight chronicle the dramas between his artists at his record label, Gwinin. He returns in one episode of season nine, which chronicles his online feud with Nicki Minaj.

Yorma Hernandez[edit]

Yorma Hernandez (born November 12, 1990) is an exotic dancer.[118] She was born in The Bronx to Dominican parents and has a sister, Cimary.

Yorma joins the cast in season six, which chronicles her relationship struggles with Self, who she has been dating for a year. They break up later in the season, after she discovers that he has been cheating on her with Cardi B and Rose. She does not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Rose[edit]

Rose is a stylist and co-owner of the Beauty Bar Salon & Boutique in New York City.[119][120] She was born in The Bronx to Dominican parents and has a sister, Rosie.

Rose appears in a minor supporting role in season six, where she is enjoys a casual fling with Self, sparking a feud with his girlfriend, Yorma.

Season 7 additions[edit]


Hennessy Carolina[edit]

Hennessy Carolina Almanzar (born December 22, 1995) is the younger sister of Cardi B.[121] She was born in Manhattan to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother, and grew up in The Bronx.

She makes guest appearances in season six, as her sister's friend and confidante.

She joins the supporting cast in season seven, where she acts as a matchmaker for Cardi and her producer Swift. At the reunion, while defending her sister, she gets into a brawl with Major Galore. She left the show to pursue a career as a fashion designer and stylist, however she returned for one episode in season eight.[122] She filmed scenes for two additional episodes, however, her scenes were cut and released on VH1's website as bonus content.[123][124] Hennessy also competed on MTV's The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars with fellow Love & Hip Hop alumni Daniel "Booby" Gibson.

Samantha Wallace[edit]

Samantha Wallace (born March 14, 1983) is the mother of Mendeecees' son, Lil Mendeecees.[125] She was born in Brooklyn, New York to a Puerto Rican father and African-American mother. She dated Mendeecees from 2002 until 2006, and their son was born October 9, 2005. She works as a dental hygienist and has a children's clothing line, A Royalé, with Erika.

She makes guest appearances in seasons five and six, which chronicle her co-parenting struggles with Mendeecees.

She joins the supporting cast in season seven, where her and Erika's strained relationship with Yandy erupts into an all-out war, with Samantha defending herself against accusations of being a "deadbeat" mother.[126] Samantha did not return to the show after the season's reunion special, where she was attacked by an audience member.[127]

J. Adrienne[edit]

Judith Scullark (born September 13, 1983), known professionally as J. Adrienne is an actress, originally from Chicago, Illinois.[128] She gave birth to a son, Wesley, in 2004. She previously appeared as So Hood on the VH1 reality show Real Chance of Love and Charm School.

She joins the supporting cast in season seven as the girlfriend of Snoop, who she has been dating for two years. She identifies as heterosexual, claiming she is "only gay for Snoop".[129] The couple break up midway through the season due to J.'s violent jealously, and she is phased out of the show.[130]

Swift Star[edit]

Delroy Ford (born May 8, 1991), known professionally as Swift Star or SwiftOnDemand, is a rapper and record producer.[131] He was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

He joins the supporting cast in season seven, which chronicles his life on tour with Cardi while promoting her mixtape, as well as their subsequent collaborations. Their relationship turns sexual, igniting a violent altercation between Cardi and his British girlfriend Asia. Swift did not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

DJ Drewski[edit]

Andrew Loffa (born August 22, 1987), known professionally as DJ Drewski, is a radio personality and DJ at Hot 97.[132] He grew up in New Jersey.

He joins the supporting cast in season seven with Sky, who he has been dating for a year. During the season, he is pursued romantically by Bianca, causing a rift in his relationship with Sky. At the seventh season reunion, he proposes to Sky and she accepts. The couple did not return to the show.

Sofi Green[edit]

Sofi Green (born December 3, 1990) is a R&B/pop singer, originally from Washington, D.C.[133] She resides in Brooklyn, New York, where she worked as a host and VJ for MTV2.

She joins the supporting cast in season seven. While looking for a manager to kickstart her music career, she engages in some flirty banter with Snoop, sparking an altercation with Snoop's girlfriend J. Adrienne. After joining Snoop's label, Gorgeous Gangster Records, she is phased out of the show and does not attend the season's reunion.

Sky Landish[edit]

Sky Anessa (born February 14, 1990) is a health guru and fitness model.[134] She was born in The Bronx, New York, to Jamaican-German parents.

She joins the supporting cast in season seven with DJ Drewski, who she has been dating for a year. During the season, he is pursued romantically by Bianca, causing a rift in their relationship. In a memorable scene, she throws a piece of bread at Bianca, calling her a "bird". At the seventh season reunion, Drewski proposes to Sky and she accepts. The couple did not return to the show.

Kim Wallace[edit]

Kim Wallace (born July 21, 1967), also known as Mama Kim, is the mother of Samantha and grandmother to Lil Mendeecees. She grew up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn and gave birth to Samantha as a teenager.

She had memorable guest appearances in seasons five and six, most notably in a scene where Judy threw a drink at her during an argument, ruining her expensive suit.

She joins the supporting cast in season seven, which chronicles her struggles with Yandy and Judy, as well as a dramatic health scare. She did not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Erika DeShazo[edit]

Erika DeShazo (born September 26, 1983) is the mother of Mendeecees' son, Aasim. She dated Mendeecees from 2003 until 2011, and their son was born September 7, 2011. She works at a restaurant in Harlem and has a children's clothing line, A Royalé, with Samantha.

She makes a guest appearance in season six, during a meeting between the mothers as they prepare for Mendeecees' sentencing.

She joins the supporting cast in season seven, where her and Samantha's strained relationship with Yandy erupts into an all-out war, with Erika exposing the truth about Yandy's involvement in the demise of her relationship with Mendeecees. She did not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Judy Harris[edit]

Judy Harris is the mother of Mendeecees and grandmother to his children.[135] She emigrated to Harlem from Panama.

She had memorable guest appearances in seasons five and six, most notably in a scene where she threw a drink at Samantha's mother Kim during an argument, ruining her expensive suit.

She joins the supporting cast in season seven, which chronicles her family struggles when her son is incarcerated and her increasingly strained relationship with Mendeecees' baby mamas, Samantha and Erika. She begins meddling in Yandy's business in season eight, who in turn exposes her affair with a man named Rob. She returns in one episode in season nine where she encourages Yandy to look deeper into Infinity's past.

Asia Davies[edit]

Asia Cole Davies (born June 17, 1993), is a model and beauty entrepreneur, originally from London, England. She was in a long distance relationship with Swift for two and a half years.

She appears in a minor supporting role in season seven, which chronicles the demise of their relationship after she questions his friendship with Cardi, leading to a violent showdown between the two girls. At the reunion, Cardi throws a shoe at her, but later apologises.

Ashley Trowers[edit]

Ashley Trowers (born June 29, 1999) is Rich's daughter, originally from Memphis, Tennessee. Her mother is Miracle Kaye Hall, who also appears on the show.

She makes guest appearances in season six, where she reveals to Rich that she has lost her virginity, angering her religious and conservative mother.

She appears in a minor supporting role in season seven, where she disapproves of her father's relationship with Jade, and urges him to settle down with someone serious. She returns as a guest star in season nine, where it is revealed that her mother shot her stepfather in a domestic dispute, and is facing jail time.

Jade Wifey[edit]

Jade Watson (born November 11, 1991), known professionally as Jade Wifey, is a Jamaican-Italian model and paralegal, originally from Los Angeles, California.

She appears in a minor supporting role in season seven as Rich's girlfriend, who she started dating six months prior. She clashes with his daughter Ashley, and the couple break up for good after she is confronted by his ex-girlfriend Moniece Slaughter. She went on to appear in a minor supporting role on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in season four.

Moniece Slaughter[edit]

Moniece Linae Slaughter (born March 4, 1987), also known as Kali, is a singer-songwriter, originally from Los Angeles, California. She is as a main cast member on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood and is one of the show's original eight cast members.

She attends Yandy and Mendeecees' wedding with Rich Dollaz (as her date) in the special Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding and their relationship struggles are chronicled in season two of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.

She appears in a minor supporting role in season seven for two episodes, coming to New York to expose Rich for trying to rekindle their relationship behind Jade's back.

Moniece returns in the special Love & Hip Hop: The Love Edition.

Major Galore[edit]

Major Galore (born May 6, 1992) is a R&B singer. She was born in Queens, New York, to Puerto Rican parents.

She appears in a minor supporting role in season seven, where she comes into conflict with Mariahlynn over who should be the "first lady" of Gwinin Entertainment, Self's record label. At the seventh season reunion, it is revealed she also has beef with Cardi, which stems from their stripping days together.

Season 8 additions[edit]


Navarro Gray[edit]

Navarro Walker Gray (born September 30, 1979) is an entertainment attorney and talent manager.[136] He was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and became the city's first African-American public defender. He represents several hip hop artists, most notably Fetty Wap.

Navarro joins the supporting cast in season eight, which chronicles his struggles to manage Anaís as she comes into conflict with his girlfriend, Ashley. During the season, Ashley reveals she is pregnant. He returns as a guest star in season nine as Alexis Skyy's lawyer, who he reunites with Fetty.

Brittney Taylor[edit]

Brittney Taylor (born April 27, 1995) is a rapper.[137] She was born in Queens, New York, and first rose to fame under the name Bri Beauty, as part of the group The Swag Kids with DJ Webstar. During this period, she ignited a feud with Webstar's former artist, Bianca Bonnie, who viewed her as a copycat.[138] She resides in Miami, Florida, where she is known as Trina's protégé.[139]

Brittney joins the supporting cast in season eight, which chronicles her return to New York. Her and Bianca reignite their nearly decade long feud and get into multiple altercations throughout the season, threatening to derail each other's careers. At the reunion, she gets into a heated argument with Remy. She does not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Jaquáe[edit]

James Harris (born July 5, 1988), known professionally as Jaquáe, is a rapper.[140] He was born in Harlem and raised in South Carolina.

Jaquáe joins the supporting cast in season eight. He is friends with both Bri and Bianca and attempts to act as a mediator between the two. The season also chronicles his love life, including a failed relationship with Sophia Body, which ends after James R buys her a puppy, and a tumultuous romance with Kiyanne. They break up by season nine, which chronicles the messy fallout.

Jonathan Fernandez[edit]

Jonathan Fernandez (born June 12, 1984) is an image consultant, stylist and make-up artist.[141] He was born in New York City to Dominican parents. Jonathan initially worked as a make up artist behind the scenes on both Love & Hip Hop and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, where he became friends with K. Michelle. In 2014, he joined the cast of her spin-off K. Michelle: My Life and appeared in all three seasons, as well as an episode of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.

He appears briefly in an uncredited cameo in season two, where he is seen styling Kimbella for a photo shoot.

Jonathan joins the supporting cast in season eight, which chronicles his romantic struggles with boyfriend Trent, and his up-and-down friendship with Anaís. In one episode, he reveals the horrors he suffered as a child in conversion therapy in the Dominican Republic.[142] In season nine, he has a falling out with Juju over a business dispute, however the two later reconcile. At the reunion, he reveals that he has been struggling with a drug problem.

James R.[edit]

James R. is a R&B singer-songwriter.[143] He was born in Brooklyn to Dominican-Cuban parents.

He appears briefly in an uncredited cameo in the opening monologue of season seven, in the background of a street party.

James joins the supporting cast in season eight, which chronicles his blossoming romance with Mariahlynn. He clashes with her manager Self, and ends up cheating on her with Sophia Body. During the season, he also gets into a physical altercation with Snoop. He does not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Ashley Diaz[edit]

Ashley Diaz (born May 20, 1992) is the girlfriend of Navarro Gray, originally from Omaha, Nebraska.[144] She is his business partner in his management company.

Ashley joins the supporting cast in season eight, which chronicles her relationship struggles with Navarro as she clashes with Anaís. During the season, Ashley reveals she is pregnant. She does not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

DreamDoll[edit]

Tabatha Robinson (born February 28, 1992), known professionally as DreamDoll, is a rapper.[145] She was born in The Bronx, New York. She gained a social media following while working as a bartender at Starlets in Queens and rose to fame for her appearance on Oxygen's Bad Girls Club.

DreamDoll joins the supporting cast in season eight, after joining DJ Self's record label Gwinin Entertainment. She briefly dates Safaree, and during the season, has a violent falling out with label mate, Mariahlynn. She does not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Sophia Body[edit]

Sophia Christina (born January 31, 1992), known professionally as Sophia Body, is a French-Greek urban model, video vixen and DJ, originally from Toronto, Canada.[146] She endured a rough childhood, with an addict mother and incarcerated father, and grew up in Canada's foster care system. She dated Safaree Samuels prior to her appearance on the show.

Sophia joins the supporting cast in season eight, which chronicles the demise of her relationship with Jaquáe, who she has recently started dating. After filming a steamy music video with James R, she is attacked by his girlfriend Mariahlynn, and after further altercations with DreamDoll and Kiyanne, Sophia is phased out of the show and does not attend the reunion.

Karl Dargan[edit]

Karl Sharif Dargan (born June 17, 1985) is a boxer.[147] He shares eight children with Mo, and previously appeared with her on R&B Divas: Los Angeles.

Karl joins the supporting cast in season eight, which chronicles his marital struggles. Mo and Karl do not return to the show after the season's reunion special, but would go on to appear on We TV's Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 12 — Hip Hop Edition with several other Love & Hip Hop couples.

Grafh[edit]

Phillip Bernard (born August 22, 1982), known professionally as Grafh, is a rapper.

Grafh appears in a minor supporting role in season eight. He is under Yandy's management and comes into conflict with Judy after she catches Yandy oiling his elbows. After a few appearances as Jaquáe's friend, he is quickly phased out of the show and does not attend the reunion.

Ayisha Diaz[edit]

Ayisha Diaz (born April 30, 1991) is a Dominican urban model and video vixen, originally from Omaha, Nebraska.[148] She is Ashley's sister, who also manages her, along with Navarro.

Ayisha appears in a minor supporting role in season eight. At the reunion, she gets into a heated argument with Anaís.

Trent Crews[edit]

Trent Crews (born November 28, 1984) is a R&B singer-songwriter, originally from Columbus, Ohio.[149] He is openly gay.

Trent joins the supporting cast in season eight as Jonathan's boyfriend. The two have a dramatic break up after Jonathan catfishes him and discovers his infidelity. He does not return to the show after the season's reunion special.

Kiyanne[edit]

Kiyanne (born March 17, 1993) is a rapper. She was born on Long Island and grew up in Queens, New York.

Kiyanne joins the supporting cast late into season eight,[150] which chronicles her blossoming yet tumultuous romance with Jaquáe. They break up by season nine, where she returns for one episode, where she warns Safaree that Jaquáe is talking about him behind his back.

Season 9 additions[edit]


Alexis Skyy[edit]

Alexis McFarland (born July 14, 1994), known professionally as Alexis Skyy, is an urban model, video vixen and rapper.[151] She was born on Long Island, New York, to Dominican-Jamaican parents. She worked as a stripper in Atlanta. She came into the public eye through her relationship with Fetty Wap, with who she has a daughter, Alaiya Grace. She previously made guest appearances on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and appeared as a supporting cast member in season four of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.

Alexis joins the supporting cast in season nine, after signing a record deal with controversial executive Tr3yway. The season chronicles her struggles as a single parent.

Maino[edit]

Jermaine Coleman (born August 30, 1973), known professionally as Maino, is a rapper.[152] He was born in Brooklyn, New York. Maino spent 10 years in prison for robbing and kidnapping a drug dealer, before embarking on a rap career after his release in 2003.

He filmed scenes during the show's second season while dating Olivia, however, their scenes together were cut and released on the show's website as bonus material.[153] He made a minor guest appearance in season six, as a judge for the showcase where BBOD, Mariahlynn and Bianca perform.

He joins the supporting cast in season nine, with his girlfriend Maggie Carrie.

Sidney Starr[edit]

Sidney Starr (born February 5, 1989) is a transgender rapper, originally from Chicago, Illinois.[154]

Sidney joins the supporting cast in season nine, where she takes Rich on as a manager, and clashes with Nya Lee.

Maggie Carrie[edit]

Maggie Carrie Heckstall (born May 22, 1990) is a model, entrepreneur and singer.[155] She was born in Valhalla, New York and endured a rough childhood, having lost her mother in a car accident at a young age and ending up in the foster care system. On May 26, 2016, she was badly wounded in a mass shooting at a T.I. concert in Manhattan.

She joins the supporting cast in season nine, which chronicles her struggles with PTSD, as well as her romantic struggles with Maino.

Guest stars[edit]

Several members of the cast's inner circle appear as recurring guest stars. They include:

Introduced in season 1


  • Cito On The Beat, Somaya's producer, she briefly lives in his studio
  • Darrelle Revis, Olivia's ex-boyfriend, who she still claims to be dating, leading to some tension between her and Emily who knows the truth
  • Freddie Robinson Jr., comedian, Mama Jones' friend, cast member on Chrissy & Mr. Jones

Introduced in season 2


Introduced in season 3


  • Fay Southerland, Joe's mother
  • Laura Smith, Yandy's mother
  • Ebro Darden, radio personality
  • Vado, rapper
  • Maurice Talton, personal trainer, Yandy's cousin, gets into a physical altercation with Mendeecees
  • Jewel Escobar, Rich's mother
  • Tiffany Lewis, Rich's ex-girlfriend, who has a fling with Erica Mena

Introduced in season 4


  • Paris Phillips, K. Michelle's friend, cast member on K. Michelle: My Life
  • Cory Gunz, rapper, Peter's son
  • Ralph Smith, Yandy's father
  • Lexie & Ginny Jose, Tahiry's sisters
  • J. Dinero, rapper, Yandy's artist, Chrissy Monroe's rival
  • Traci Renee, K. Michelle's estranged friend, cast member on K. Michelle: My Life
  • Jazz & Sophie Schmahl, Amina's sisters
  • Albee Yours, Erica Mena's friend and confidante

Introduced in season 5


  • Lisa Strawberry, Diamond's mother
  • Maggie Galan, Cisco's mother
  • Sonia Mena, Erica Mena's mother
  • Tasha, Cisco's estranged baby mama
  • Remy, Mendeecees' assistant, Yandy's rival and alleged "stalker"
  • Orrin Ennis, Amina's manager and love interest
  • Darryl Strawberry, Diamond's father
  • Ray Stacks, Cyn's boyfriend

Introduced in season 6


  • Miracle Kaye Hall, Rich's ex-girlfriend and Ashley's mother, conservative and religious
  • Jace Smith, Remy's son, an aspiring rapper
  • Dejanae Mackie, Papoose's daughter, an aspiring rapper
  • D.B., Moe's father, successful car salesman
  • Tasha Jacoby-Araujo, Mariahlynn's mother, struggles with substance abuse
  • Whitney Pankey, Peter's daughter
  • Dr. Jeff, therapist who works with Tara, Lil' Mo and Karl
  • Talia Coles, stylist, cast member on Chrissy & Mr. Jones
  • Irene Mackie, Papoose's mother
  • Shaft, Cardi's manager
  • Maddy Smith, Remy's mother
  • Fat Joe, rapper, Remy's friend and confidante

Introduced in season 7


  • Neff Harris, Mendeecees' sister, gets involved in Yandy's feud with Erika and Samantha

Introduced in season 8


  • Shirley Samuels, Safaree's mother
  • Ruben Brito, Anaís' husband, Rich's rival
  • DJ Webstar, Brittney's producer, involved in the feud between Bianca and Brittney
  • Fetty Wap, rapper, Navarro's client, Alexis Skyy's baby daddy

Introduced in season 9


  • Infinity Gilyard, foster care child, who Yandy adopts

The show also features minor appearances from notable figures within the hip hop industry and New York's social scene, including K-Mack, DJ Vlad, Rage, Freekey Zekey, Funkmaster Flex, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis, Angela Yee, Stephen Marley, Wyclef Jean, Nick Cannon, Black Ink Crew's Caesar and Dutchess, DJ Kay Slay, Uncle Murda, Charlie Murphy, Migos, Treach, French Montana, Maino, Ice-T, Coco Austin, Keyshia Cole, Sisterhood of Hip Hop's Nyemiah Supreme, John Depp, Method Man, Lil Durk, Noreaga, Konshens, Red Café, Michael K. Williams, Dr. Miami, Trina, Shotti, Danny García, Couple Therapy's Dr. Jenn Mann and Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood's Solo Lucci.

Radio personality Angie Martinez hosted the first season reunion. Executive producer Mona Scott-Young hosted the second and third season's reunions. Comedian Mo'Nique hosted the fourth season reunion. Subsequent seasons are hosted by Nina Parker.

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