Love and Hip Hop: New York is an extended name given to the reality television series Love and Hip Hop broadcasted on VH1. Its success has led to the production of Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta, Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood, and Love and Hip Hop: Miami. Being a reality show, Love and Hip Hop: New York features the lives of people related to Hip Hop, residing in and around New York City.
The show is directed by David Wolfgang, and Josh Richards and produced by Vivian Gomez, Mona Scott-Young, and Stefan Springman, among others. It all started in 2006, when Jim Jones, the rapper, approached the executives of VH1 with a reality TV concept that revolved himself. After a lot of thread pulling, VH1 finally made its first announcement about the release of the series under the title, Diary of a Hip Hop Girlfriend. Later, on March 6, 2011, it premiered under the name Love & Hip Hop.
Love and Hip Hop Cast: Who’s in it?
Since its inception, Love and Hip Hop: New York has undergone a variety of changes in its cast and almost all of its original cast members, with the exception of Rich Dollaz, are no longer a part of the series. It began with four women, two of whom are girlfriends of rappers Jim Jones and Fabolous, and the remaining two are aspiring recording artists by the names Olivia and Somaya Reece. As the series progresses, managers, RJs, DJs, publicists, producers and stylists, PR teams, etc are included in the cast.
The most recent season revolves around couples which includes the following people: Remy Ma, a rapper from America who got discovered initially by Big Pun. She was once a member of Fat Joe’s group of Terror Squad, which made her prominent in the field. She has been one of only five women rappers to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart ever and also won the BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist twice, becoming one among only three multiple winners of the same.
Papoose (Shamele Mackie) is an American songwriter and rapper who began producing his mixtapes and distributed them in the early 2000s. He met DJ Kayslay, who helped him to sign a contract with Jive Records, of $1.5 million. His debut studio album was The Nacirema Dream. He then shot to fame, releasing numerous mixtapes of underground hip-hop. He was able to release his first independent album on 26th March 2013, by securing a deal with Fontana Distribution.
Joe Budden, short for Joseph Anthony Budden II, is a multitasker, being a broadcaster, rapper and songwriter from America. His debut studio album which made him grab the eight position on the Billboard 200 was ‘Pump It Up’, selling over 95,000 copies within just a week. It was his most successful solo album with commercial value. He is currently signed to Empire Distribution.