VH1 Returns To The Big Apple With "Love & Hip Hop"

              VH1 Returns To The Big Apple With "Love & Hip Hop"

The New Season of "Love & Hip Hop" Premieres January 7th At 8PM

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --VH1's popular docu-series "Love & Hip
Hop" is back in the Big Apple from the Dirty South for season 3. Premiering
Monday, January 7^th at 8PM on VH1, "Love & Hip Hop" returns with a few
familiar faces and a mostly brand-new cast who prove the third time is the
charm as they deliver all the drama, heartache, success and failures of hip
hop's movers and shakers in the concrete jungle that is New York City.

Last season, entertainment powerhouse Yandy Smith ended her eight-year
management role with rapper Jim Jones. Since then, Yandy and boyfriend
Mendeecees Harris have welcomed a baby boy and are navigating the waters of
commitment and family. Firecracker Erica Mena exploded onto the scene last
season and is now continuing to work on her career with manager and new
boyfriend, Rich Dollaz. The two have recently begun mixing business with
pleasure, but could this be a recipe for disaster? Olivia Longott,  the former
first lady of G-Unit, is back this season working on her new album and trying
to come to peace with her manager Rich dating Erica.

With no shortage of talent, New York City is still a major hub for hip hop
music. Joining the ranks of this season's new cast include:

  oJoe Budden- Fierce free-styling artist Joe Budden is widely considered one
    of hip hop's most gifted lyricists. His Grammy award-winning song "Pump It
    Up" was featured in the hit movie 2 Fast 2 Furious. This ladies' man is
    also known for posting about his very public relationships and break-ups
  oTahiry Jose- Tahiry is a charismatic urban model who is best known for her
    rapid-fire sarcasm as well as her painful and very public break-up with
    Joe Budden.
  oRaqi Thunda- Radio personality and DJ Raqi Thunda has no problem keeping
    it real. Raqi and Joe Budden insist they are just long-time friends.
    However, Raqi and Joe's ex, Tahiry don't see eye- to- eye and have a
    tumultuous relationship. 
  oConsequence- NYC rapper Consequence has established a successful career
    working with the likes of Kanye West and A Tribe Called Quest. His five
    year relationship with fellow cast member Jen Bayer and their 1-year old
    son Caiden has left the couple bickering about how to raise the child
    based on differing cultural and religious beliefs.
  oJen "The Pen" Bayer- Known for dishing up gossip with DJ Whoo Kid and The
    Hot Boyz of Chicago, Jen has spent the past year raising Caiden, her son
    with cast member Consequence.
  oWinter Ramos- With a brief appearance in the second season of "Love & Hip
    Hop," Winter Ramos, former assistant to rapper Fabolous, is making her
    name in hip hop history as she writes a tell-all book on her roster of
    famous ex-boyfriends and her life in the music industry. She is currently
    the Creative Costume Designer for Flavor Unit Films. 
  oRashidah Ali- Known as the "Blinged Out Bombshell," Rashidah is most known
    for being a shoe consultant to the stars and is currently working on
    launching her own shoe line, Encore.

Back in the rap game and the bright lights of the city, one constant remains:
New York truly is the birthplace of hip hop and the home of some of its
biggest successes, but even more of its shattered dreams… and all of its
secrets. To make it in this business, a tough attitude and thick skin is a
must, and the ladies and gentlemen of season 3 will stop at nothing to reach
the top. "Love & Hip Hop" Season 3 premieres Monday, January 7^th at 8PM.

"Love & Hip Hop" Season 3 is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young for Monami
Entertainment and Toby Barraud and Stefan Springman for NFGTV. Co-executive
producer is Stephanie Gayle for Monami Entertainment. Shelly Tatro, Brad
Abramson, Danielle Gelfand and Jeff Olde are executive producers for VH1.
Vivian Gomez is coordinating producer for VH1.

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