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Previewing VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ June 18

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What did you think of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta"?

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UPDATE 6/19: I’ve added a poll for folks who saw the episode Monday. Did you enjoy it?

I have to admit I don’t watch VH1’s original “Love & Hip Hop” so I can’t compare and contrast it with “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.” I’ll let fans comment on that once the Atlanta version debuts June 18.

But I can give you a sense on how the first episode plays out.

“The hustle is meanest in the A,” a narrator says in the opening, “especially for the women. In this town, you have to fight to get what you want. Then fight even harder to keep it.”

There are no real big names here. No Usher. No Big Boi. No T.I. (He already has a show on VH1!)

But you get what you would expect, mostly in terms of male-female dynamics. Many of the hip-hop guys are unfaithful, the women who love them grappling with whether to stick with them. And it’s rough being a woman in the hip-hop business.

The primary plotline the first episode revolved around Stevie J, his long-time girlfriend Mimi Faust and his client Joseline.

It’s a classic love triangle. Stevie J is a former big-time Grammy-winning producer (Diddy, Jay-Z). He’s now working with this ghetto-ish, scary-looking rapper Joseline. His girlfriend Mimi seems sweet but has obviously tolerated a lot of his philandering over a long 15 year relationship.

The cast of 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" June 13, 2012 at Frank Ski's Restaurant. CREDIT: James Pray

The cast of 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" June 13, 2012 at Frank Ski's Restaurant. CREDIT: James Pray

“I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it all,” Mimi said. “There seems to be a difference between what Steve says and what Stevie does.” She say sometimes, he’s nice, sometimes he’s “a nightmare.” He wants to buy her and their two-year-old daughter a home far away from the core of Atlanta while he works in the studio and keeps a place in town. That sounds suspicious. He accuses her of being ungrateful for not wanting the house. Then they come to loggerheads over Joseline at a party. Is he cheating on Mimi again?


Lil Scrappy
is the biggest name here, since he actually has had a big hip-hop hit in 2006 called “Money in the Bank.” He had been dating his girlfriend Erica Dixon for ten years. He left her at one point to date a rapper Diamond, who then dumped him for Soulja Boy. He’s now back with Erica, who they share a six-year-old daughter. But Erica is struggling with whether to really take him back. “I feel the love but it ain’t clickin’ on that end,” he said, criticizing her for not being affectionate. “It’s round two,” she said. “It’s all or nothing.” His overprotective, voluble “Momma Dee” makes an impression, too.

The other cast members are given relatively cursory introductions so it’s hard to say how their plotlines will play out. There’s rapper Rasheeda clashing with her manager and husband Kirk Frost and two other hip-hop artists angling for publicity: K Michelle, who has a record deal with Jive but lost it to a man who beat her and ripped her off, and Karlie Redd.

TV preview
“Love & Hip Hop,” 8 p.m. Mondays, VH1

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

74 comments Add your comment

missnadine

June 14th, 2012
10:16 am

An article like this always brings out people complaining about how TV stereotypes black people as being ghetto, loud, in tight clothing, with bad weaves, etc.. Just remember though, TV does the same for white people, but in their case the characters are poor whites, with shows based on the hillbilly stereotype.

Pitchy

June 14th, 2012
10:17 am

Must admit, I wanted to see but I forgot about it.

I was more interested in seeing which of these ladies would be like Chrissy on the real Love and Hip Hop!

EA

June 14th, 2012
10:17 am

Wow. I had no idea the hustle was so mean here. Why has no one told me this?

thom

June 14th, 2012
10:43 am

if u wanna get fat stacks u need to huscle hart in the ATL! u aint got money u aint got nothin!

Rickster

June 14th, 2012
10:52 am

Just another reason I rarely need my “record four shows at one time” DVR.

gadem

June 14th, 2012
10:58 am

nothing to see here…move along, nothing to see here

Pitchy

June 14th, 2012
11:03 am

I wish I could record 4 shows at one time. Only two.

Should I laugh or cry?

June 14th, 2012
11:12 am

“The hustle is meanest in the A,” a narrator says in the opening, “especially for the women. In this town, you have to fight to get what you want. Then fight even harder to keep it.”

What grown person could actually say this with a straight face? Oh wait, probably all of self-absorbed people featured on this worthless show. Lots of the filming thats been going on down here is great for the city but this, no, not so much.

levelhead

June 14th, 2012
11:16 am

I know this. There have been two rappers killed in Atlanta and one fatally shot in the last six months. They disrespect their female fans by calling them Beyotch and Hoes at the drop of an argument. Not to mention if you want to be king of Thugs you have to have a least five babies out of wedlock. This is the Love of Hip Hop in a nutshell.

ugh

June 14th, 2012
11:18 am

Who cares about this group of nobody’s? Lames kill me

Rickster

June 14th, 2012
11:21 am

It’s kinda hard to argue against the stereotypes Miss Nadine talked about in her post when most of the “ladies” in the picture are dressed pretty much exactly the way she describes.

Bob

June 14th, 2012
11:28 am

Um. Why? This city has so much to offer but we we are continually represented as being hics. People need to rise above this low brow depiction (actually no class). It’s like The Beverly Hillbillies updated as A-A Atlantans. Rise UP not down!

Carlton

June 14th, 2012
11:40 am

It will be cool to watch to see all the spots they visit in ATL. So I can check them out too. LOL
http://www.youraffiliatemoney.com

TB

June 14th, 2012
12:05 pm

More people we’ve never heard of, gaining a little celebrity off of some else’s little bit of fame…not to mention, a plug for Frank Ski.

Coachurly

June 14th, 2012
12:21 pm

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN!

t-dog

June 14th, 2012
12:34 pm

Yeah u gotta keep ur hustle hard, especially if u gonna get it in the “A”
Me an my crew been doin this thang for a minute. if u aint got racks of stacks in this town, then u aint reppin nothin.

levelhead

June 14th, 2012
12:38 pm

You and your crew. This is the problem boys hanging around each other talking about other boys who are hanging with each other. listening to a boy on the rap song on how he will kill annother boy with the tools in his car.

MC Quikbooks

June 14th, 2012
12:40 pm

oh dam these rappers will kill u for nothin! Slim dunkin got killed over a peice of Laffy Taffy. U dont wana not respec them or eat their Laffy Taffy.

t-dog

June 14th, 2012
12:41 pm

How esle we sposed to get money?

Pink Pony

June 14th, 2012
12:50 pm

How do get money? You get a job and do work. I bet you get it in the “A” all the time.

t-dog

June 14th, 2012
12:56 pm

oh ha ha dang rite! like 2-chayne said…. Im ridin round, im gettin it. Im ridin round, im gettin it. Im ridin round, im gettin it. Its mine! I SPEND IT!

lil tut "imadodadamthing" wallace

June 14th, 2012
12:58 pm

oh hey look i been tryin to get my rap game up but i need a praducer 4 my album andy body got da hookup 4 ya boy?

Pink Pony

June 14th, 2012
1:28 pm

Enter your comments here

Tarryl

June 14th, 2012
1:54 pm

More garbage on TV to make Atlanta look bad.

missnadine

June 14th, 2012
1:59 pm

@rickster I know. That is why I said what I said. These shows bring out all the worst stereotypes, but so do those white trash shows (extreme pawn, hillbilly hand fishing, etc.). Sometimes a person of color, usually black, will respond as a comment that they are afraid that other people will view them as the stereotypical black person. Just saying that most of us don’t – we get it. It’s TV.

Please no more..

June 14th, 2012
3:47 pm

No wonder people that watch all these type shows that are on Bravo and VH1 (RHOA, TI’s, etc) think Atlanta is nothing but messy blacks. I know ppl from Seattle to KY that feel sorry when i say i live in Atanta. (IM white)

GaPeachy

June 14th, 2012
3:55 pm

Really folks? It’s reality tv, its for entertainment. If anybody is using reality shows, which are more than 60% scripted, as there way of judging a city they are an idiot. Either you like to watch them or not. There are other options on tv folks!

bigboomny

June 14th, 2012
4:34 pm

I am so Tired of the way Blacks will allow themselves to be demeaned for check… We wonder why we are looked at as the biggest joke of a race around the world.

Ronnie 62

June 14th, 2012
4:47 pm

The hustle is meanest in the A,” a narrator says in the opening!

Especially when you have thousands of black people in the ATL lining up in the hot sun, carrying their Gucci and Fendi bags with smart phones for section 8 housing!. Stop the madness and focus on the real issues with black America please. Jobs, Education and crime!

INDI

June 14th, 2012
4:49 pm

GaPeachy you did that I totally agree with you! Instead of people being so judgemental learn to take things for what they are. TV has always been for entertainment purposes only. And if you think about it even before TV these peoples occupations are listed as “ENTERTAINERS”

The ATLER

June 14th, 2012
6:29 pm

Sounds like a bunch of garbage. Just another show that makes blacks look bad….. The media already does a great job of that.

'trtnmnt@itzbest

June 14th, 2012
6:39 pm

These types live all over the US. They’re not on tv and certain cities will not draw the ratings.
Has anyone seen Chicago Mob Wives, they can’t finish a sentence without pulling each other’s hair.

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Catgut

June 15th, 2012
8:41 am

Should call it the Chicken and Booty Show, how to have 4 babies buy 3 uneducated looser who can’t pull there pants up. I laugh at the Black community, especially when they don’t get it. lmao

FancyKat

June 18th, 2012
9:01 pm

Guess what folks, most injustice comes from Stereotypes! Trayvon Martin died because he was stereotyped by someone. I know plenty of people that think black women are ghetto hot messes with no class and I witnessed many of them not getting jobs because of it. So really saying that you can watch something else may be true but it doesn’t stop the damage that comes from it.

If you condone it you can’t complain about it when it happens. People bully other people for their entertainment and because they enjoy but is it right? If the action of a few spill over to the masses then it’s a problem. Remember black people only make 13% of the American population and you can see what these shows have done for the “black folks” stigma. I have seen it over and over.

DC FINEST

June 18th, 2012
9:10 pm

Enter your comments here

DC FINEST

June 18th, 2012
9:16 pm

Wow! What a way to present black women down in the BIGG ATL… WEAK WE WANT CHRISSY

Savvy

June 18th, 2012
9:57 pm

Please cease and desist!!

dyanna

June 19th, 2012
6:07 am

WELL— WHAT THE HELL….. TACKY,TACKY.TACKY…..JUST UNBELIEVEABLE THAT ATLANTA HAS THIS MUCH IGNORANCE…. THE SHOW SHOULD BE CALLED PIMP’S AND HOE’S….. SAD-JUST SAD HOW SOME PEOPLE WILL ALLOW THE MEDIA TO DEPICT THEM AS SAVAGES. WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TOO??????? GOD HELP US… :(

Diamonds

June 19th, 2012
6:36 am

OMG all I got to say is that Stevie is triflin as hell. MIMI girl you are beautiful do you and find the greatest because that Stevie he is what you call a HOE DOG. And that Joseline you fake want to be Rihanna girl boo you will never be her. I like the first Love & Hip Hop with Chrissy my girl and Jim Jones but this Love & Hip Hop in Atlanta is a HOT MESS drama these people go hard lol especially Mommy Dee LMAO

No Love and Hip Hop

June 19th, 2012
12:46 pm

That Joseline looks like a tranny. Where in the world did they find him. I just had to get that off of my chest!! I agree that this show is not flattering at all as it relates to how the black community is depicted. VH1 will continue to exploit as long as we continue to watch. It’s a wrap for me. How about you?

Only in America...

June 19th, 2012
12:50 pm

do we SHOWCASE the worst in human behavior. Admit it, we WANT to see people act a fool or else these shows wouldn’t continue to be on tv. If you really don’t like it…STOP watching or write the sponsors. It’ll come off LOL!

WTF

June 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

The show came off as extremely fake and scripted, unlike the original that didn’t make it so obvious.

Tired of everybody(blacks) moving down here…most people that live in Atlanta are NOT even from Georgia! It wasn’t like this growing up, I’m born and raised here but the minute the transplants start coming it became real f’d up!

Waaay too many black people in Atlanta and I’m black by the way! LA here I come!

Are you kidding?

June 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

Rodney…when are you going to stop writing about TRASH TV? Can’t you find something more interesting to talk about? I’m sure you want to be considered a serious journalist at some point. This is not going to get you there.

KeepinItReal

June 19th, 2012
12:53 pm

@Ronnie 62…… I think you meant to say “fake” Fendi and Gucci bags.

black, proud and intelligent

June 19th, 2012
12:56 pm

Javon

June 19th, 2012
1:07 pm

How bout Guns and hip hop in da ATL? Dats write. Dats how we role in da hood. Now let me pulls my pantes up from round my knees, turn my cap sideways, pop in my grill and go intimidate people down on Memorial Drive.

ATLPeach

June 19th, 2012
1:17 pm

First of all, this show in no way represents the black community!!!! Please stop with that foolishness. Does Mob Wives make Italians look bad? Does Keeping Up with the Kardashians make white women look bad? Does Teen Mom make white teenaged girls look bad? Does Real Housewives of Orange County or Beverly Hills make white women look bad? Gimme a break! These shows make the participants look bad. I have never lost out on a job opportunity because of the actions of other black women. My resume speaks for itself. Get a clue people! This is entertainment. Either watch it or don’t. Get a life and stop stereo-typing or getting offended by what somebody else does. Do you!

Eric

June 19th, 2012
1:21 pm

Mob Wives is the same BS, but the cast is all white. Funny I don’t here any complaints about that show, only when it’s a black thing. It’s fake people it’s entertainment take it for what it is, I happened to like the first episode. All black shows can’t be “The Cosby’s”, be real people.

Don Waddell

June 19th, 2012
1:54 pm

I need a thick Mrs. like the ones in the picture. I have a 5-year plan to marry one.