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Love & Hip Hop

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Love & Hip Hop
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Genre Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Running time 41–44 minutes
Original network VH1
Picture format
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Love & Hip Hop is an American music media franchise that consists of several reality television series broadcast on VH1. The shows document the lives and relationships of hip hop & R&B musicians residing in varying regions throughout the United States. The original franchise version, Love & Hip Hop: New York, premiered on March 6, 2011. Its success resulted in spin-offs located in Atlanta and Hollywood. The subsequent installments have proven similarly successful, and have resulted in spin-offs of their own.

On August 8, 2016, VH1 and 345 Games announced the release of Love & Hip Hop: The Game, a mobile game for iOS and Android. It was released worldwide on September 22, 2016.[1]


Love & Hip Hop had its origins as a pilot called Keeping Up With the Joneses, which centered around rapper Jim Jones and was produced by Stefan Springman and Toby Barraud. When VH1 brought producer Mona Scott-Young on board in 2006, its focus shifted to include Jim's girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin and her circle of friends. The series was first mentioned in VH1's programming development report in early 2010 as Diary of a Hip Hop Girlfriend.[2] On January 4, 2011, it was announced that Love & Hip Hop would debut on March 21, 2011, as an eight episode series. The first season was later expanded to nine episodes in order to include the first season reunion, which aired on May 16, 2011.[3]

On May 25, 2011, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on November 14, 2011.[4] It featured two new additions to the cast - Kimbella Vanderhee, mother of Juelz Santana's son, and Yandy Smith, Jim Jones' manager.[5] The second season premiere came in with the highest ratings in two years in VH1 history with 2.566 million viewers.[6] Cast relations with the producers eventually soured and Lampkin and Jim Jones announced that they would be leaving the show to star in their own spin-off series Chrissy & Mr. Jones. The show was revamped in the third season with nearly a whole new cast.

Love & Hip Hop: New York has continued for six seasons, surviving several major cast changes. Out of the original cast, only Rich Dollaz and Yandy Smith remain. Smith's marriage to Mendeecees Harris was televised live in the special, Love & Hip Hop: The Wedding Live, which aired on May 25, 2015.

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta premiered June 18, 2012 on VH1. It became the highest-rated installment of the Love & Hip Hop franchise and has continued for five seasons. Its success spawned the spin-offs K. Michelle: My Life and Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood, as well as an after-show, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: After Party Live, which was hosted by Big Tigger and aired during the show's fourth season.

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood premiered on September 15, 2014 on VH1. Its second season featured the first openly gay male couple in the franchise's history. A special, Love & Hip Hop: Out in Hip Hop, aired on October 19, 2015 and showcased several rappers and performers involved in the LGBT hip hop scene. Its third season began airing from August 15, 2016.

Future installments began filming in 2016. Love & Hip Hop: Miami is set to feature Trick Daddy, Trina, Plies, Brianna Perry and PreMadonna while Love & Hip Hop: Houston stars Kirko Bangz, Jhonni Blaze, Mehgan James, Kat St. John and Just Brittany.

Domestic installments

Series Abbrev. Series premiere Series finale No. of
Love & Hip Hop: New York LHHNY March 6, 2011 (2011-03-06) N/A 6 [7]
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta LHHATL June 18, 2012 (2012-06-18) N/A 5 [8]
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood LHHH September 15, 2014 N/A 3 [9]


  • Series
  • (Parent installment)
Castmate Series premiere Series finale No. of
Chrissy Lampkin & Jim Jones September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24) December 16, 2013 (2013-12-16) 2
K. Michelle November 3, 2014 (2014-11-03) N/A 3
Stevie J & Joseline Hernandez January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25) March 21, 2016 (2016-03-21) 1

Cast crossovers

Cast Series
Love & Hip Hop: New York Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Chrissy & Mr. Jones K. Michelle: My Life Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood
Chrissy Lampkin Main Guest[note 1] Main
Emily Bustamante Main Supporting
Jim Jones Supporting Guest[note 1] Main
Nancy "Mama" Jones Supporting Guest[note 1] Supporting
Rich Dollaz Supporting Supporting
Teairra Marí Supporting Main
Joseline Hernandez Guest[note 2] Main Guest Main
K. Michelle Main Main Guest
Karlie Redd Guest[note 2] Main Guest
Mimi Faust Main Supporting
Stevie J Guest[note 2] Main Main
Debra Antney Supporting Supporting
Jessica Dime Supporting Guest
D. Smith Supporting Guest[note 3]
Lil Fizz Guest Main
Nikki Mudarris Guest[note 2] Guest Main
Safaree Samuels Supporting Guest


  1. ^ a b c Appears in archival footage in the Dirty Little Secrets special only.
  2. ^ a b c d Appears in the Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding special only.
  3. ^ Appears in the Love & Hip Hop: Out in Hip Hop special only.


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