Clearly, VH1 is trying to keep the momentum built by “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” with the new cast for the original New York version of the drama filled show. There are some familiar faces, but it will probably be the newcomers who stir up trouble.
Rappers Joe Budden (and his ex-girlfriend Tahiry) and Consequence (along with his girlfriend Jen Bayer) are all onboard for the new season, not to mention the return of Yandy Smith, Olivia, her manager Rich Dollaz, and model Erica Mena, who is now apparently both being managed by and in a relationship with Rich… Did you get all that? Good. Take a look below at the rest of the cast.
Joe 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 online.
Tahiry 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.
Raqi 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.
Consequence – 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.
Jen “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.
Winter Ramos – With a brief appearance in the second season of “Love And 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.
Rashidah 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.
Look for season 3 of “Love & Hip Hop” to premiere on January 7 at 8PM ET on VH1.