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Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop.jpg
original title screen (2011)
Genre Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 41–44 minutes
Release
Original network VH1
Picture format
Chronology
Related shows

Love & Hip Hop is a media franchise that consists of several reality television series broadcast on VH1. The shows document the lives and relationships of hip hop and R&B musicians, performers, managers and record producers 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, Hollywood and Miami. The subsequent installments have proven similarly successful, and have resulted in spin-offs of their own.

As of July 24, 2017, 242 original episodes of Love & Hip Hop: New York, Atlanta and Hollywood have aired over seventeen seasons. The series is known for its large ensemble cast, with over 150 cast members.

Franchise history[edit]

Love & Hip Hop had its origins as a 2006 pilot called Keeping Up With the Joneses, which centered around rapper Jim Jones and was produced by Stefan Springman and Toby Barraud.[1][2] When VH1 brought producer Mona Scott-Young on board, its focus shifted to include Jim's girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin and her circle of friends.[3] The series was first mentioned in VH1's programming development report in early 2010 as Diary of a Hip Hop Girlfriend.[4] On January 4, 2011, it was announced that Love & Hip Hop would debut on March 6, 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.[5]

On May 25, 2011, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on November 14, 2011.[6] The season garnered big ratings for the network, averaging 2.8 million total viewers per episode, making it VH1's highest rated series in over three and a half years.[7]

On May 15, 2012, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, the Atlanta-based spin-off of Love & Hip Hop, would make its series premiere on June 18, 2012.[8] After its premiere, the show's audience grew substantially over the season, garnering even higher ratings than its predecessor. Its finale garnered 5.5 million people overall.[9]

On September 7, 2012, VH1 announced that Chrissy Lampkin and Jim Jones would leave Love & Hip Hop, to star in their own spin-off show Chrissy & Mr. Jones.[10] The third season of Love & Hip Hop, now titled Love & Hip Hop: New York in promotional material, premiered on January 7, 2013, with nearly a whole new cast.[11]

On April 1, 2013, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would be returning for a second season on April 22, 2013.[12]

On October 10, 2013, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: New York would be returning for a fourth season on October 28, 2013. The season premiered back-to-back with the second season of Chrissy & Mr. Jones.[13]

On April 14, 2014, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would be returning for a third season on May 5, 2014.[14]

On August 18, 2014, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, the Los Angeles-based spin-off of Love & Hip Hop, would make its series premiere on September 15, 2014.[15]

On October 15, 2014, VH1 announced the spin-off K. Michelle: My Life, starring cast member K. Michelle, would make its series premiere on November 3, 2014.[16]

On December 2, 2014, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: New York would be returning for a fifth season on December 15, 2014.[17]

On April 9, 2015, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would be returning for a fourth season on April 20, 2015, and would premiere alongside Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: The Afterparty Live!, a half-hour-long interactive after-show hosted by Big Tigger.[18]

On April 14, 2015, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: The Wedding, a two-hour special featuring the marriage between cast members Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris, would air live on May 25, 2015.[19]

On August 10, 2015, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood would be returning for a second season on September 7, 2015.[20]

On October 12, 2015, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Out in Hip Hop, a round-table discussion moderated by T. J. Holmes of ABC News, would air on October 19, 2015. The special focused on the reality on being openly LGBT in the hip hop community, and coincided with the airing of the seventh episode "Truth", in which bisexual cast member Miles comes out to his ex-girlfriend Amber.[21]

On November 2, 2015, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: New York would be returning for a sixth season on December 14, 2015.[22]

On December 2, 2015, VH1 announced the spin-off Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood, starring Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez, would make its series premiere on January 25, 2016, back-to-back with the second season of K. Michelle: My Life.[23]

On March 8, 2016, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would be returning for a fifth season on April 4, 2016.[24]

On August 3, 2016, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood would be returning for a third season on August 15, 2016.[25]

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.[26]

On November 14, 2016, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop would be returning for a seventh season on November 21, 2016.[27]

On December 1, 2016, VH1 announced the spin-off Leave It To Stevie, starring Stevie J, would make its series premiere on December 19, 2016, back-to-back with the third season of K. Michelle: My Life.[28]

On February 21, 2017, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would be returning for a sixth season on March 6, 2017.[29] On April 19, 2017, VH1 announced Joseline's Special Delivery, a special documenting the birth of Joseline's child, which aired between the season's eighth and ninth episodes on May 1, 2017.[30][31] Additionally, Dirty Little Secrets 2, a special featuring unseen footage and deleted scenes, aired on May 10, 2017.[32]

On April 13, 2017, VH1 announced that season four of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood would premiere on July 17, 2017.[33] On June 19, 2017, the season premiere date was moved to July 24, 2017. On July 3, 2017, three weeks before the season four premiere, VH1 aired Dirty Little Secrets, a special featuring unseen footage and deleted scenes from the show's first three seasons, along with interviews with the show's cast and producers.[34]

On August 25, 2017, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Miami, the Miami-based spin-off of Love & Hip Hop, would make its series premiere in January 2018.[35]

Proposed spin-offs[edit]

Since 2013, Mona Scott-Young has discussed expanding the franchise to other cities, such as New Orleans,[36] Detroit [37] and Houston.

On February 28, 2016, it was reported that potential spin-offs set in Miami and Houston were in pre-production and the producers were auditioning potential cast members.[38] However, Scott-Young denied reports of a spin-off being filmed in New Orleans, saying "I would love to do a show there but there is no Love & Hip Hop: New Orleans being cast or shot right now."[39][40] Love & Hip Hop: Houston was to feature Jhonni Blaze, Kirko Bangz, Kat St. John, Just Brittany, Nessacary, J. Prince Jr, Propain, the Sauce Twinz, the Charlo Brothers, DJ Eric, Lil' Keith and Mehgan James as cast members. 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, as well as locals interrupting filming.[41] On July 7, 2017, Scott-Young said "Houston I love. We wanted to do Houston and we went into Houston to cast and we may go back to Houston." [42]

Domestic installments[edit]

Series Abbrev. Series premiere Series finale No. of
seasons
Ref.
Love & Hip Hop: New York LHHNY March 6, 2011 (2011-03-06) N/A 7 [43]
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta LHHATL June 18, 2012 (2012-06-18) N/A 6 [44]
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood LHHH September 15, 2014 N/A 4 [45]
Love & Hip Hop: Miami LHHMIA January 2018 N/A 1 [46]

Spin-offs[edit]

  • Series
  • (Parent installment)
Cast member Series premiere Series finale No. of
seasons
Ref.
Chrissy Lampkin & Jim Jones September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24) December 16, 2013 (2013-12-16) 2 [47]
K. Michelle November 3, 2014 (2014-11-03) February 6, 2017 (2017-02-06) 3 [48]
Stevie J & Joseline Hernandez January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25) March 21, 2016 (2016-03-21) 1 [49]
Stevie J December 19, 2016 (2016-12-19) N/A 1 [50]

Specials[edit]

  • Series
  • (Parent installment)
Cast member Premiere Ref.
Yandy Smith & Mendeecees Harris May 25, 2015 (2015-05-25) [51]
Milan Christopher & Miles Brock October 19, 2015 (2015-10-19) [52]
Joseline Hernandez May 1, 2017 (2017-05-01) [31]

Cast crossovers[edit]

Cast member First
appearance
Series
Love & Hip Hop Spin-Offs
New York Atlanta Hollywood Miami Chrissy & Mr. Jones K. Michelle: My Life Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood Leave It To Stevie
Chrissy Lampkin Love & Hip Hop: New York Main Guest[note 1] Main
Emily Bustamante Main Supporting
Somaya Reece Main Guest[note 2] Guest[note 2]
Jim Jones Supporting Guest[note 1] Main
Nancy "Mama" Jones Supporting Guest[note 1] Supporting
Rich Dollaz Supporting Supporting
Teairra Marí Supporting Main
Cisco Rosado Supporting Supporting
Mariahlynn Main Guest[note 3]
DJ Self Supporting Guest[note 2]
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson Main Guest[note 4]
Jade Wifey Supporting Supporting
Joseline Hernandez Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Guest[note 5] Main Guest Main
Rasheeda Guest[note 5] Main
K. Michelle Main Main Guest
Karlie Redd Guest[note 5] Main Guest
Mimi Faust Main Supporting
Stevie J Guest[note 5] Main Main
Lil Scrappy Guest[note 5] Supporting Supporting
Ariane Davis Guest[note 5] Supporting
Momma Dee Guest[note 5] Supporting
Kirk Frost Guest[note 5] Supporting
Shay Johnson Supporting Main
Adiz "Bambi" Benson Guest[note 5] Supporting
Yung Joc Guest[note 5] Supporting Supporting
Jessica Dime Supporting Guest
Tommie Lee Main Supporting
D. Smith Supporting Guest[note 4]
Gunplay Supporting Main
Moniece Slaughter Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Supporting Main
Ray J Guest[note 5] Main Supporting
Lil Fizz Guest Main
Nikki Mudarris Guest[note 5] Guest Main
Princess Love Guest[note 5] Main
Safaree Samuels Main Guest
Keyshia Cole Guest Main
Alexis Skyy Guest Supporting
Trina Love & Hip Hop: Miami Main Guest
Freddie Robinson Jr. Chrissy & Mr. Jones Guest Supporting
Talia Coles Guest Supporting
Deb Antney Supporting Supporting
Paris Phillips K. Michelle: My Life Guest Supporting
Jonathan Fernandez Guest[note 2] Guest Supporting
Tracie Renee Guest Supporting
Stevie Jordan Jr. Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood Guest Supporting
Sade Jordan Guest Supporting
Savannah Jordan Supporting Supporting
Faith Evans Leave It To Stevie Guest Guest Supporting
Eva Jordan Guest Guest Supporting

Note:

  1. ^ a b c Appears in archival footage in the Dirty Little Secrets special only.
  2. ^ a b c d Appears in an uncredited cameo only.
  3. ^ Appears in the Joseline's Special Delivery special only.
  4. ^ a b Appears in the Love & Hip Hop: Out in Hip Hop special only.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Appears in the Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding special only.

Cultural impact[edit]

During a speech at a campaign rally in North Carolina on November 4, 2016, President Barack Obama referenced the show, comparing the 2016 presidential race to reality television, saying "I mean, its like some Love & Hip Hop stuff." [53]

On a 2013 episode of the BET television series The Game, Wendy Raquel Robinson's character Tasha makes reference to the franchise, saying "Back in the day we weren't carrying ourselves like them damn crazies you see on Love & Hip Hop, we conducted ourselves as upstanding women who were looked up to in the community".

In the 2016 film Barbershop: The Next Cut, when Eve and Common's characters get into an argument over their relationship, Cedric the Entertainer's character makes a reference to the franchise, saying "This ain't no Love & Hip Hop reunion."

Lee Daniels is a fan of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta [54] and his 2016 Fox television series Star (set in Atlanta) makes several references to the show. Joseline Hernandez appears in a recurring role as Michelle, a stripper. In the second episode, Lenny Kravitz's character is seen watching a scene of the show featuring Mimi Faust and Stevie J. In a later scene in the same episode, Jessica Dime makes a cameo appearance as a stripper. Additionally, Star cast member Jasmine Burke guest starred in Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta's sixth season as herself.

In the 2017 pilot of the Netflix television adaptation Dear White People, a character attempts to break up an argument between two female characters by saying "Yo, fam, can we cut the Love & Hip Hop auditions and get to it?"

In an overview of the television cultural divide, The New York Times reported that Love & Hip Hop was most popular show in the Black Belt.[55]

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