Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop is a media franchise that consists of several reality television series broadcast on VH1. The shows document the personal and professional lives of several hip hop and R&B musicians, performers, managers, and record producers residing in various metropolitan areas of the United States. The original franchise version, Love & Hip Hop: New York, premiered on March 6, 2011. Its success resulted in spin-offs based in Atlanta, Hollywood, and Miami.
|Love & Hip Hop|
Original title screen (2011)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||41–44 minutes|
The series is known for its sprawling ensemble cast, with over 200 cast members. Many are notable figures in hip hop, including Jim Jones, Remy Ma, Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Scrappy, Trina and Trick Daddy, as well as R&B artists like Ray J, Keyshia Cole and Stevie J. The franchise is also known for launching the careers of previously unknown artists, including Joseline Hernandez, K. Michelle and Cardi B.
The franchise has generated controversy since its inception, and is often criticised for tending towards a narrative format more commonly seen in scripted genres such as soap operas, and appearing to fabricate much of its storyline. However, it is one of the highest rated unscripted franchises in cable television history, and has been described as a "guilty pleasure".
The show has aired continuously since May 15, 2014, with an incarnation of the franchise airing nearly every Monday on VH1. In the US, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta usually airs in spring and through summer, followed by Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in the fall and Love & Hip Hop: New York and Love & Hip Hop: Miami in the winter.
As of August 5, 2019, 374 original episodes of New York, Atlanta, Hollywood and Miami have aired over twenty-five seasons.
In 2006, rapper Jim Jones approached VH1 executives to make a reality show about him. Jim Ackerman, senior vice president of development and production at the time, paired him with producers Stefan Springman and Toby Barraud of NFGTV, who produced the 11-minute presentation tape Keeping Up with the Joneses, which also featured Jones' longtime girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin and his mother Nancy. VH1 were unsure if audiences would be invested in the concept full-time and Jones' manager, Yandy Smith, approached Mona Scott-Young, her former employer at Violator, to retool the show. The concept was tweaked to include Jim's girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin and her circle of friends, influenced by the female ensemble-driven reality shows of the time.
The series was first announced in VH1's programming development report in April 2010, under the title Diary of a Hip Hop Girlfriend.
On January 4, 2011, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop would debut on March 6, 2011. The show would begin as an eight-episode series and star Chrissy, Jim Jones and his mother Nancy, along with Olivia Longott and her manager Rich Dollaz, Swizz Beatz's ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere and stylist Emily Bustamante, the mother of Fabolous's son. The first season was later expanded to nine episodes in order to include the first season reunion, which aired on May 16, 2011. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times praised the show's deconstruction of the public image of rappers, as well as the quality of the production values with "slick, beautiful shots of the women driving spectacular cars with no men in sight". However, he was critical of the "needless filler drama", a criticism that was shared by other critics who felt the "endless catty arguments and trashy behavior" detracted from the show's message and was too derivative of The Real Housewives franchise.
On May 25, 2011, Love & Hip Hop was renewed for a second season, which premiered on November 14, 2011. The season saw the addition of Kimbella Vanderhee, the girlfriend of Juelz Santana, and Yandy Smith, Jim Jones' manager, to the cast, with Teairra Marí and video vixen Erica Mena in supporting roles. 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.
On February 6, 2012, during the finale of Love & Hip Hop's second season, series creator Mona Scott-Young officially announced that an Atlanta-based spin-off of Love & Hip Hop, then titled Love & Hip Hop: Hotlanta, was in production. On May 15, 2012, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would make its series premiere on June 18, 2012. The show premiered to a storm of controversy, with some viewers calling for a boycott for its seemingly negative and stereotypical portrayal of black women. One petition described the show as "another beautifully-blinged jewel of commercial exploitation" for its focus on dysfunctional relationships, materialism, hyper-sexuality and violence. The love triangle between former Bad Boy Records producer Stevie J, his baby mama Mimi Faust and Joseline Hernandez, an ex-stripper-turned-aspiring artist who has an abortion in an early episode, garnered significant media attention, as did singer and breakout star K. Michelle's domestic violence storyline and Lil Scrappy's mother Momma Dee, who admits to being a former pimp. After the show's premiere, its audience grew substantially over the season, garnering even higher ratings than its predecessor. Its finale garnered 5.5 million people overall. On December 16, 2012, VH1 aired Dirty Little Secrets, a special featuring unseen footage, deleted scenes and interviews with the show's cast and producers. The special garnered 1.22 million viewers.
The third season of Love & Hip Hop, now titled Love & Hip Hop: New York in promotional material, premiered on January 7, 2013. The show featured nearly a whole new cast, including Joe Budden, Consequence and their significant others. The season had a mixed reception from audiences, garnering the lowest ratings in the franchise's history at that point.
On April 1, 2013, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would be returning for a second season on April 22, 2013. The show's ratings continued to grow, with an average of 3.27 million viewers per episode. During the season's reunion special, K. Michelle announced that she was leaving the show to join the cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York.
On October 10, 2013, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: New York would be returning for a fourth season on October 28, 2013. The season would premiere back to back with the second and final season of Chrissy & Mr. Jones. It was preceded on October 24, 2013 by 40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments, a 2 hour clip show special hosted by Mona Scott-Young, and showcased the franchise's most "shocking, scandalous and dramatic Love & Hip Hop moments", featuring clips from the show's first three seasons, as well as the first two seasons of its spin-off Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Love & Hip Hop: New York's leading storyline for season four involved a dysfunctional love triangle (reminiscent of the more popular Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta) between rapper Peter Gunz, his baby mama Tara Wallace and his wife, singer Amina Buddafly. The show's ratings improved significantly, up 54% over the previous season's average and attracting an average of 3 million total viewers per episode.
On April 14, 2014, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would be returning for a third season on May 5, 2014. From this point on, the show would air continuously, with an incarnation of the franchise airing nearly every Monday on VH1. The season was a huge ratings success, with the series premiere having a combined rating of 5.6 million viewers and continuing to set ratings records throughout the season. The outrageous storylines and scandals, particularly Mimi and Nikko's sex tape, Benzino's non-fatal shooting and Joseline and Stevie's violent behavior at the reunion special, garnered a media storm and made its cast members tabloid fixtures.
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. The show was notable for its high profile cast, with the youngest and most established group of cast members in the franchise thus far, including Ray J, B2K's Omarion and Lil' Fizz, Soulja Boy and their significant others. On October 15, 2014, VH1 announced that K. Michelle would leave Love & Hip Hop: New York to star in her own spin-off show K. Michelle: My Life. The show would premiere on November 3, 2014 after Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood's eighth episode and run for six weeks.
On December 2, 2014, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: New York would be returning for a fifth season on December 15, 2014.
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. The series premiere garnered big ratings for the network, with VH1 announcing a combined rating of 6.2 million viewers. On August 19, 2015, VH1 announced the season as the summer's #1 cable reality series among adults 18-49 and women 18-49 and the 2nd most talked-about television series on social media overall. Love & Hip Hop: The Wedding, a two-hour special featuring the marriage between Love & Hip Hop: New York cast members Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris, aired live VH1 on May 25, 2015, in between Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta's fifth and sixth episodes of the season. The special aired to over 2 million viewers and featured appearances from other VH1 reality stars, including cast mates from Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Black Ink Crew, Mob Wives, as well as from Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
On August 10, 2015, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood would be returning for a second season on September 7, 2015. The series premiere garnered big ratings for the network, with VH1 announcing a combined rating of 3.6 million viewers. The season featured the franchise's first openly gay couple Milan Christopher and Miles Brock, and several episodes featured public service announcements aimed to help viewers struggling with their sexual identity. 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 of the season, in which bisexual cast member Miles comes out to his ex-girlfriend Amber. It garnered 1.5 million viewers, ranking #1 among women 18-49 in its time period.
On July 7, 2015, shortly after her release from prison, Remy Ma announced that she was joining Love & Hip Hop: New York, along with her husband Papoose. On November 2, 2015, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: New York would be returning for a sixth season on December 14, 2015. The season would feature an entirely new opening credits sequence and visual aesthetic, subsequent seasons of Atlanta and Hollywood would follow suit. The cast would undergo a major cast change for the third time in the show's history, with its storylines focusing more on the struggles of female rappers in the industry than ever before. The season was also notable for the addition of social media personality and aspiring rapper Cardi B, who was dubbed the show's breakout star. On August 27, 2015, VH1 confirmed that Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta stars Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez would star in their own spin-off series, set in Los Angeles. On December 2, 2015, VH1 announced that Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood would premiere on January 25, 2016, back to back with the second season of K. Michelle: My Life, after Love & Hip Hop: New York's seventh episode of the season.
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta returned for a fifth season on April 4, 2016.
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood returned for a third season on August 15, 2016.
On November 14, 2016, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: New York would be returning for a seventh season on November 21, 2016. On December 1, 2016, VH1 announced the spin-off Leave It To Stevie, featuring Stevie J's life as a bachelor after his break up with Joseline. The show would make its series premiere on December 19, 2016, back-to-back with the third and final season of K. Michelle: My Life, after Love & Hip Hop: New York's seventh episode of the season. On December 30, 2016, Cardi B announced that she was leaving Love & Hip Hop: New York to focus on her rap career.
On February 21, 2017, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would be returning for a sixth season on March 6, 2017. The series premiere garnered big ratings for the network, with VH1 announcing a combined rating of 5.2 million viewers, up 17% from its fifth season bow. On April 19, 2017, VH1 announced Joseline's Special Delivery, a special documenting the birth of Joseline's child with Stevie J. The special aired between the season's eighth and ninth episodes on May 1, 2017 and garnered 2.18 million viewers.. Dirty Little Secrets 2, a special featuring unseen footage and deleted scenes, aired on May 10, 2017. With this season, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta became the first incarnation of the franchise to reach 100 episodes. Production on the season became increasingly troubled, with later episodes showing scenes of Joseline Hernandez breaking the fourth wall to express her displeasure with the producers. Behind the scenes during the reunion taping on June 1, 2017, tensions between Joseline, Mona Scott-Young and the other producers exploded, with Joseline announcing that she had quit the show after six seasons. This would be a turning point for the franchise as ratings would begin to decline from that point forwards.
On April 13, 2017, VH1 announced that Keyshia Cole would be joining the cast of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in season four, which would premiere on July 24, 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.
Ratings decline (2017–2019)Edit
On October 2, 2017, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: New York would return for an eighth season on October 30, 2017. The season would feature an entirely new opening credits sequence and visual aesthetic, as before, subsequent seasons of Atlanta and Hollywood would follow suit. Two weeks before the season eight premiere, VH1 aired Dirty Little Secrets, a special featuring unseen footage and deleted scenes from the show's first seven seasons, along with interviews with the show's cast and producers. On November 16, 2017, VH1 announced that Remy & Papoose: A Merry Mackie Holiday, a holiday special starring Remy Ma and Papoose, would air on December 18, 2017. On February 12, VH1 aired Love & Hip Hop: The Love Edition, a Valentine's Day special featuring clips from the show and interviews with cast members from all franchises. This season was poorly received by viewers, with ratings dipping below 2 million viewers for the first time in four years.
On October 30, 2017, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Miami, the Miami-based spin-off of Love & Hip Hop, would make its series premiere on January 1, 2018, after Love & Hip Hop: New York's tenth episode of the season. The series is notable for its diverse cast, reflecting Miami's racially and economically diverse community. The storyline involving Afro-Latina star Amara La Negra was praised by critics for "inviting cultural conversations" about misogynoir and the underrepresentation of black latinas in mainstream entertainment.
On February 16, 2018, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would return for the seventh season on March 19, 2018. The season garnered the lowest ratings in the show's history, with its premiere episode down over a million viewers compared to last season. The second and final season of the spin-off Leave It To Stevie would premiere on March 26, 2018, after Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta's second episode of the season.
On June 18, 2018, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood would return for the fifth season on July 23, 2018. Despite continuing the franchise's overall ratings decline, the season's over-the-top storylines were well received by fans and critics, with writer Michael Arceneaux praising the season for providing a "ratchet good time" and "making Love & Hip Hop great again". On September 24, 2018, VH1 aired Ray J & Princess' Labor of Love, a special featuring Ray J and Princess Love, as they prepare for the birth of their daughter. On September 17, 2018, VH1 announced that Remy Ma and Papoose would star in their own spin-off, Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies. The show would air October 1, 2018 after Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood's eleventh episode of the season and run for three weeks.
On September 27, 2018, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: New York would return for the ninth season on November 26, 2018. The season would be accompanied by an official podcast, Love & Hip Hop: The Tea, hosted by Jesse Janedy, TK Trinidad and Lem Gonsalves.
On November 19, 2018, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Miami would return for a second season on January 2, 2019. The season aired on Wednesday nights at 8pm/7c for the first two episodes, before being moved to 10pm/9c after Black Ink Crew: Chicago. After three weeks of low ratings, the show was moved back to Monday nights at 9pm/8c after Love & Hip Hop: New York.
On February 25, 2019, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta would return for the eighth season on March 25, 2019. On April 1, 2019, VH1 aired Love & Hip Hop Awards: Most Certified, a special hosted by Tami Roman and DC Young Fly, featuring Love & Hip Hop franchise cast members being awarded in various categories. On April 5, 2019, VH1 announced another clip show special, 40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments: The Reboot, would air April 8, 2019. The cast of the show would win the Best Reality Royalty Award at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.
Production changes (2019–present)Edit
On October 23, 2018, VH1 announced that they had taken Eastern TV off Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, inviting "new producers to come and pitch for (the show) as it looks to take (it) in a new direction". On July 8, 2019, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood would return for the sixth season on August 5, 2019, with Big Fish Entertainment taking over as the show's production company. The season would be the first of the franchise without its trademark cinematic aesthetic and high budget production values, instead resembling Big Fish Entertainment's other VH1 productions, such as Black Ink Crew. Reactions to the show's visual changes were mixed to negative, with former main cast member Hazel-E tweeting "It went from #Hollywood to the hood". The season had the lowest-rated premiere episode in the show's history, dipping under 2 million viewers for the first time.
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. 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." 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. 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." 
On September 23, 2014, Tammy Rivera and Waka Flocka Flame announced on social media that they would be leaving Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta to star in their own spin-off show Meet The Flockas. However, the series never eventuated and Rivera returned to the main cast of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta in 2016. On October 11, 2017, Waka confirmed that Meet The Flockas was in production and would be produced by Mona Scott-Young. Earlier on July 24, 2017, Safaree Samuels announced that he would be starring in his own spin-off Wild Safaree. Neither spin-offs ever made it to air, and Waka and Tammy would instead go on to star in We TV's Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition, Waka & Tammy Tie The Knot and Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta. On February 25, 2019, Solo Lucci announced that he would be starring in his own dating show spin-off I Love Lucci. The show is to be hosted by Ray J and produced by Mona Scott Young, however it is unclear if it will be considered a part of the Love & Hip Hop franchise.
|2011||Love & Hip Hop: New York||1||March 6, 2011||May 16, 2011||0.99|
|Love & Hip Hop: New York||2||November 14, 2011||February 6, 2012||2.75|
|2012||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||1||June 18, 2012||September 3, 2012||3.25|
|2013||Love & Hip Hop: New York||3||January 7, 2013||April 15, 2013||1.93|
|Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||2||April 22, 2013||August 12, 2013||3.27|
|Love & Hip Hop: New York||4||October 28, 2013||February 10, 2014||3.06|
|2014||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||3||May 5, 2014||September 8, 2014||3.54|
|Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||1||September 15, 2014||December 9, 2014||2.42|
|Love & Hip Hop: New York||5||December 15, 2014||April 13, 2015||2.45|
|2015||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||4||April 20, 2015||August 31, 2015||2.91|
|Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||2||September 7, 2015||December 7, 2015||2.47|
|Love & Hip Hop: New York||6||December 14, 2015||March 28, 2016||2.56|
|2016||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||5||April 4, 2016||August 8, 2016||2.59|
|Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||3||August 15, 2016||November 14, 2016||2.20|
|Love & Hip Hop: New York||7||November 21, 2016||February 27, 2017||2.40|
|2017||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||6||March 6, 2017||July 17, 2017||2.74|
|Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||4||July 24, 2017||October 23, 2017||2.02|
|Love & Hip Hop: New York||8||October 30, 2017||March 12, 2018||1.81|
|2018||Love & Hip Hop: Miami||1||January 1, 2018||March 19, 2018||1.72|
|Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||7||March 19, 2018||July 16, 2018||2.05|
|Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||5||July 23, 2018||November 19, 2018||1.90|
|Love & Hip Hop: New York||9||November 26, 2018||March 18, 2019||1.41|
|2019||Love & Hip Hop: Miami||2||January 2, 2019||March 25, 2019||1.05|
|Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||8||March 25, 2019||July 29, 2019||1.62|
|Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||6||August 5, 2019||TBA||TBA|
|2012||Chrissy & Mr. Jones||1||September 24, 2012||November 12, 2012||1.69|
|2013||Chrissy & Mr. Jones||2||October 28, 2013||December 16, 2013||2.54|
|2014||K. Michelle: My Life||1||November 3, 2014||December 8, 2014||1.90|
|2016||Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood||1||January 25, 2016||March 21, 2016||1.92|
|K. Michelle: My Life||2||January 25, 2016||March 28, 2016||1.72|
|Leave It to Stevie||1||December 19, 2016||February 6, 2017||1.80|
|K. Michelle: My Life||3||December 19, 2016||February 6, 2017||1.54|
|2018||Leave It to Stevie||2||March 26, 2018||April 30, 2018||1.23|
|Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies||1||October 1, 2018||October 15, 2018||0.97|
|2012||Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Dirty Little Secrets||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||1||December 16, 2012||1.22|
|2013||40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments||Love & Hip Hop: New York||4||October 24, 2013||N/A|
|2015||Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding||Love & Hip Hop: New York||5||May 25, 2015||2.04|
|Love & Hip Hop: Out in Hip Hop||Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||2||October 19, 2015||1.50|
|2017||Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Joseline's Special Delivery||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||6||May 1, 2017||2.18|
|Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Dirty Little Secrets 2||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||6||May 10, 2017||1.05|
|Love & Hip Hop Hollywood: Dirty Little Secrets||Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||4||July 3, 2017||1.51|
|Love & Hip Hop New York: Dirty Little Secrets||Love & Hip Hop: New York||8||October 18, 2017||0.70|
|Remy & Papoose: A Merry Mackie Holiday||Love & Hip Hop: New York||8||December 18, 2017||1.23|
|2018||Love & Hip Hop: The Love Edition||Love & Hip Hop: New York||8||February 12, 2018||1.25|
|Love & Hip Hop Hollywood: Ray J & Princess' Labor of Love||Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||5||September 24, 2018||1.31|
|2019||Love & Hip Hop Awards: Most Certified||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||8||April 1, 2019||0.99|
|40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments: The Reboot||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||8||April 8, 2019||0.80|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2018||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Reality Franchise||Love & Hip Hop||Nominated|
|2019||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Reality Royalty||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||Won|
|Best Meme-able Moment||Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||Nominated|
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