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‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ recap, season 1, episode 7: cry me a river

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Stevie J: the scalawag of the show. CREDIT: VH1

I’m late to this “Love & Hip Hip Atlanta” (runaway) train (wreck).

I tried to stay away. I really did. I wrote a preview before the show launched, hoping it would just fade away. But viewership has  nearly doubled since the first week as word of mouth spread.

The show hit a ratings high last week (3.5 million viewers, 5.5 million if you count the 10 p.m. repeat), compelling me to take this ignominious position of writing recaps.

Fans have dubbed this a guilty pleasure, pure and simple entertainment. Foes consider it an abomination to Atlanta.

Since I’m not quite up to date with the storylines, having not seen all the episodes, let me provide my impressions of the show in general, especially compared to the “Housewives” shows:

- Background or foreground? The producers embed the music much more aggressively than the “Housewives” shows, often featuring songs with vocals, which can be distracting. They’ll even highlight the songs by name on screen, notably a current single by Flo Rida “Whistle.” (Do labels give them a kickback?)

- Foodie travelogue? The cast members seem to enjoy having meals at restaurants that seem oddly bereft of other customers or even staff. And often, they are not even seen eating and drinking. They also like patios. I suspect these meetings are set up at 4 p.m. in the afternoon or 10:30 a.m. or some other less-than-busy time. But I appreciate that VH1 identifies the restaurant and neighborhood, too. “Housewives’ does not do that consistently. Among the places the cast members hung out with during this episode: Park Tavern in Midtown, Dugan’s in South Atlanta, Imperial Fez in South Atlanta and 255 Tapas Lounge in Castleberry Hills.

- Waste not, want not; To include more scenes, the show pretty much get straight to whatever folks are talking about. “Housewives’ tends to let scenes play out longer.

- Atlanta Ink: Hip hop dudes (and dude-ettes) love their tattoos.

- Cry me a river! This particular episode did not include any big verbal battles between the ladies but plenty of tears. Rasheeda got teary over firing her husband as her manager. Benzino got teary when Karlie rejected his house key, a move he felt to show more commitment. Why? Her manager had said Benzino had gotten “cold” reputation wise in the hip-hop industry. “Do you want love or a career,” the manager asked, as if the two were mutually exclusive. Benzino was hurt. Mimi and her rogue baby’s daddy Stevie J got teary over therapy and their past. His mom abandoned him. Ditto with Mimi. He also admitted he’s a liar though I can’t tell he has any real intention of changing.

-She’s a she, right? Joseline came across in earlier episodes as a complete nasty beeyotch – all heat and attitude.  But she has softened up big time by episode seven after she slept with  Stevie J, the scalawag of the show, got pregnant and had an abortion. She tries and fails to get out of her contract with Stevie J professionally. “Never bite the hand that feeds you,” Stevie J says – or maybe never swim in the pool where you work?

- This is not a love song: Stevie J has a warped way of coming up with a so-called love song to Mimi at Park Tavern.

Sample lyrics:

I can’t go on living with you no more

All the arguing, fussing, fighting brings red and blue lights

Barry White, this is not.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

12 comments Add your comment

BOO GOTS SHOT!

July 31st, 2012
1:03 am

Hip-Hop Sux.

Rap is Crap.

Love Isn’t Really an Upgrade from Either One.

liberalefty

July 31st, 2012
2:57 am

nice looking women is why i watch..

Tee

July 31st, 2012
6:48 am

I only watch it for one nothing else really on to because the lady are really dumb and this coming from another woman can’t believe women out there are like make us look bad. One person say beautiful fake is the word and dumb.

ANGEL

July 31st, 2012
8:24 am

I WANNA PUT MY PAWS ON HIM AND RUFF EM UP? LOL

Tre

July 31st, 2012
1:37 pm

This episode made me not want to watch the show anymore. Especially in the beginning. I almost hit “stop & delete” but I decided to continue watching, and I was shocked to see Tamar’s hubby on this episode. Maybe he’ll turn one of those girls into a star. In this episode he was there to see Karlie, in an attempt that Benzino made to build his credibility that he is not “cold” after all. Joseline freaks me out. Mimi needs to move on–She can do so much better. That cat Stevie J looks like a mouse. I’m not judgmental. The show is kind of fast paced (which is a good thing) and crazy but like a serious multi-car, almost accident, that you keep looking and waiting for them all to hit but they just don’t. I think it’s going to do well (ratings wise) those and be successful. I just can’t watch it anymore unless someone pays me to.

Pari

July 31st, 2012
3:32 pm

I love this show for no other reason than that it’s pure entertainment

Pitchy

August 1st, 2012
9:35 am

The show is a train wreck, but I watch because it’s pure entertainment. Not really, I watch mainly to see how egotistical Stevie J can top his presence last week. That dude is straight up pimping. He treats women like gum stuck on the bottom of his shoe. Like I’ve said before, someone blew on his “johnson” and he went bonkers!

KenandBoosieL

August 1st, 2012
3:20 pm

Can’t wait til the next one.Did she hit him in the face or the chest?

SWATSgirl

August 1st, 2012
7:07 pm

Funny as hell! Scrappy’s mom is hardcore ghetto! No eye candy for us girls..soooo unfair! Wait, I forgot..the drummer Teddy White! Hell yeah!

kai

August 1st, 2012
10:54 pm

Sad and yet so entertaining… A true reality show. Cause wether u want to admit it or not. Everyone has been a sucker for love at sometime in there lives. And they all jus wanna be loved… But that damn Stevie jus a str8 up sucker…. He one of them that turn women into maneater.. And Mimi gone eat his ass alive!!! Watch…

Von

August 2nd, 2012
5:05 pm

First time watching some of the show last Sat while getting dressed to go out. It’s so funny….I would not allow Stevie to talk to me like that. I believe she is the pregnant one (don’t know her name). CRAZY….I might have to watch agin “MAYBE”.

The Truth

August 3rd, 2012
12:27 pm

Is it just us, or does it seem that on L&O type cop shows, the bad guy (97%) is always a white guy!
Come on…….