With the success of the “Love & Hip Hop“ franchise, one would think pseudo celebs, wanna-be’s and rising stars would be beating down Mona Scott-Young’s door to be on the L.A. season of the expanding empire. However, VH1 producers are having a hard time finding a-list talent to anchor the forthcoming reality season.
According to TMZ, Vh1 was eying Ray J to headline the L.A. version of the show but he’s caught up with “The Bad Girls Club” (Boo. He would have been perfect). As of now, they’ve signed on singer Brooke Valentine, radio DJ Yesi Ortiz, rapper Hazel-E and video vixen Bria Myles.
We wonder who else could fill the shows of Stevie J and Peter Gunz…
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1. Tara Williams, Yandy Smith, Rich Dollaz, Tahiry, Joe Budden, Erica Mena, Cyn Santana; Amina Buddafly
Groups of fans packed the NYC hot spot Stage 48 October 28th to watch the premiere of "Love & Hip Hop" with the cast! While most of the ladies and gents braved audience boos and hoorays, Peter Gunz and K. Michelle were no where to be seen (apparently they were there but hidden). But there was still plenty of drama to go around in a post Q&A. Want to know the deets? We were there and witnessed it all!
2. Erica Mena, Cyn Santana, Erica Jean, Tahiry, Amina Buddafly, Nya Lee
The Ladies Of "Love & Hip Hop" posed for a picture together, but we bet you couldn't tell from the photo that Erica and Nya have a heated beef. "We didn't agree on something," Nya told us, explaining the whole "make it rain" incident from the "L&HH" super trailer. Despite their differences, the ladies behaved. "She looks good tonight, I look good tonight, ain't nobody bout to be out here fighting."
3. Nya Lee
Nya also revealed that she believes Erica was wearing a fake designer purse that day. "She made it rain, she tried to get me. It wasn't nothing, I make way more money than that that little $60. If they thought I was going to pick that up, they had another thing coming. I guess that was her little outro to make her feel better about her wearing a fake Birkin bag on set that day."
4. Joe Budden
Tahiry joked about Joe Budden's velvet blazer, but we thought he looked pretty dapper! Joey told us the swaggy item was made by Hugo Boss and that secretly, Tahiry "loves it." As for their on-again, off-again relationship Joey says "She's definitely [my soulmate]. She knows that." He also wanted us to know that "L&HH" is real. "This sh*t is not staged.[...]This is real sh*t."
Tahiry and Joe Budden have their ups and downs, but we adore them as a couple.
6. Mona Scott-Young
Mona-Scott Young stayed long enough to introduce the cast then disappeared once the Q+A portion began.
7. Yandy Smith
Yandy knows the ladies love her man Mendeeces and sees it unfold on social media."I'm like you are everyone's man crush Mondays." And fellas, who says once you're in the friend zone, your doomed to purse sitting while shoe shopping, Yandy and Mendeeces were buddies first. "He and I were strictly friends for two years. We hung out, talked on the phone [...]no kissing, no nothing. I fell in love with his personality."
8. Erica Mena
Erica Mena and her girlfriend Cyn Santana (see next slide) were hand-in-hand most of the night. Erica also made the startling claim that K. Michelle would not shoot on the same set with her.
9. Cyn Santana
Cyn was very protective of Mena, especially around Rich Dollaz! Cyn also revealed that she is not into girls, just into Erica Mena! According to the bombshell, Erica Mena courted her by buying her bottles.
10. K. Michelle
K. Michelle was no where to be found during the event, though this photo was taken infront of the step and repeat. We're starting to believe that there might be SOME truth to Erica Mena's claim.
11. Tara Williams
We can't understand why Peter Gun would choose to marry his mistress Amina Buddafly over his baby's mother Tara Williams.
12. Tara Williams
Tara is a soft spoken and graceful women. She was kind and beautiful when we spoke to her. #TeamTara
13. Amina Buddafly
Peter Gunz's mistress/ wife Amina Buddafly tried to convince us that she didn't know Gunz was involved with his baby's mother or living with her. Yeah right! Tara called out Amina on "BS" claiming they had met many times before the artist showcase where she debuted her singing skills.
14. Erica Jean
Words can explain how sick Saigon's baby's mother body is. Seriously, it's unfair. But don't let her curves fool you, she isn't one of those girls chasing your wallet instead of your heart. She gave us her definition of love "Love is having someone there for you no matter what, no matter your faults, not matter your ups and downs."
When we spoke to Saigon, we realized his place on "Love & Hip Hop." He is the opposite of Peter Gunz and rather choose family over a side chick. "I came on 'L&HH' to show that there are Black responsible fathers in the world. There are men that don't run from our responsibilities, but run to them." Sai had some choice words for Peter Gunz, keep clicking...
16. Saigon & Erica Jean
"I knew Peter way before 'L&HH' and I think, go to your family man. Those little boys need you. You got Corey Gunz. You've already created a superstar because you were there. You can't cultivate a child while you're running around after some random. Not to call Mina a random, but you're a random cause he has a family. Tara is great. Stay with your family. Hit her with the last money shot and keep it moving." Well put
17. Erica Jean & Tahiry
The only person who is missing from this equation is K. Michelle. Her body type fits right in!
18. Rich Dollaz
Rich Dollaz was pretty intoxicated, per the usual. But we had some serious business to discuss since he's Peter's closet friend on the show: "I don't think that Peter is trying to be the new Stevie J. Peter is Peter and his story line way exceeds anything that we've ever seen on 'L&HH," whatever they're trying to do in Houston, New Orleans or LA, Peter Gunz story line is insane but it's real."
19. Rich Dollaz, Cyn Santana, Erica Mena
Rich and Erica Mena's romance is another focal point this season, but Erica is batting for the other team. Cyn may be Erica Mena's girlfriend but we have a feeling this party goes all ways. Rich admitted that along as Erica is happy, he's happy!