Welcome to Miami

Welcome to Miami

So... Trina turned down Love and Hip Hop about four years ago and I'm guessing this "Trick and Trina" album is the reason she reconsidered. I'm also assuming her appearance is the reason this show finally made it to air. (Did they really think we were gonna follow Lil Scrappy to Miami?) Anyway. I'm happy to see her glowing and glistening. Looks like she'll be spending most of her time on this show chilling, performing, and stealing scenes from the background.

Being the saint she is, Trina brought her cousin Bobby Lytes along for the show. Bobby is an openly gay rapper who's trying to "make it big on his own" while appearing on his uber-famous cousin's show. And listen... Bobby was BORN for this show. He's doing The Most most of the time. He's very insecure about his place in the mix. He wants to be recognized as Trina's Cousin and given all the respect such a status demands. But... what status comes with being someone's cousin? If he wants to use his family relationship with a super star to get famous, he could just tell everybody who will listen that he's Trina's cousin. Wait...

Another insecure person looking to be claimed is Shay. You might already know her for being the only woman who can say she's fought over [Flavor Flav and Lil Scrappy. Here she is again, "dating" Pleasure P from a group you might not remember called Pretty Ricky. Shay and "P" have no chemistry. Obviously he's on this show because the band is back together. She's on this show because she likes mess. On her quest to be with "a man who claims her," she pummels through a Pretty Ricky meet and greet to... argue with Pretty Ricky. Again... if all she wants to do is use her relationships to be famous, she could just be on Love and..... never mind.

I already knew I would love Amara la Negra based on the trailer, but it's paying off more than I anticipated. She's working on crossing over Selena-style and looking for a good producer to help her. Unfortunately, looks like the only producer available for Love and Hip Hop this season is Young Hollywood. Apparently "trap latin" music is a thing and he does that. He also thinks it's his job to mold artists, so he tells Amara to be "more Beyonce and less Macy Gray." Luckily Amara is intelligent and graceful and can tell him where he's wrong. Since we're in Miami this season, VH1 is gonna lay the Latin on reeeal thick, but I’m sure they didn't count on starting this Shaderoom conversation about colorism in the Afro-Latin community. Regardless, I'm glad 1.83 million people get to hear from this very bright and talented woman instead of from yall’s favorite fake dumb radio personality.

Love and Hip Hop Mess Maps : This is a very messy show in so many ways. I’m going to try to keep track of the ways everybody is connected. Each Mess Map includes people who appeared on the episode, with main cast members highlighted.

Love and Hip Hop Mess Maps: This is a very messy show in so many ways. I’m going to try to keep track of the ways everybody is connected. Each Mess Map includes people who appeared on the episode, with main cast members highlighted.