VH1's popular Love & Hip Hop franchise is back in one of its most controversial cities: New York. On Monday (Dec. 14), the season six premiere brought some familiar faces back to the small screen and even introduced some new characters to the bunch. The highly anticipated season opener did not fall short of any drama, reuniting old enemies and stirring up career drama. Here's a recap of Love & Hip Hop: New York's first episode called "The Crown," featuring Remy Ma, Peter Gunz, a little "Chicken Noodle Soup," and more.
This season's cast is compiled of some well-known characters like Yandy Smith and her new hubby Mendeecees Harris, the "creep squad" general himself Rich Dollaz, Cisco Rosado, Rah Ali and the crazy love triangle that is Peter Gunz, Amina Buddafly, and Tara Wallace.
Fans were also introduced to a new crew including Remy Ma and her rapper husband Papoose, BBOD members Miss Moe Money and Sexxy Lexxy, Mariahlynn, Bianca Bonnie (formerly known as Young B), and the show's newest love triangle made up of Cardi B, DJ Self, and Yorma Hernandez.
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Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma kicked off the episode performing her 2004 hit "Whatever" to a packed crowd in an undisclosed location. Shortly after shutting down the stage, she was greeted by her old friend Rah Ali. After being incarcerated for six years, the women were looking to talk about her newfound freedom and reminisce for a little while. Their chat was cut short once Papoose walked in and escorted her out the building, in order to make it home by her court-ordered curfew.
Next up, viewers revisit Mendeecees and Yandy as a newly married couple, parenting three children (including their new daughter (Skylar). Happy times soon turn dark when reality of pending lawsuits and possible jail time take over the conversation. Yandy is looking to buy a new house, but Mendeecees doesn't think it's the best move due to an upcoming court hearing regarding his drug charges. Yandy's excited about the future and building a life with Mendeecees and their kids, but realizes her family dreams might be put on hold once again.
As if anyone's surprised, Tara and Peter wake up in bed together in her new apartment, and by bed we mean a blowup mattress on the floor. With some help from Peter, Tara decided to move closer to him so their children can see him more. The big shocker came when Peter hopped on an elevator to return back to his estranged wife Amina, revealing the three of them now live in the same apartment building (in which Amina agreed to). Amina confronted Peter about not coming home and her suspicions of him sleeping with Tara again. Peter of course denied the allegations, while Amina admitting to staying in the "uncomfortable" situation because of their daughter.
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Yandy is anxious to get back in the studio to manage new talent and the latest artist on her radar is Bianca Bonnie. After showing off a little of her rhyming skills in the booth, Bianca opens up to Yandy about re-branding herself, as well as, the death in her family that took a toll on her career. Eager to see how the "Chicken Noodle Soup" rapper controls a stage, Yandy signs her up for DJ Self's Gwinin Fest.
Yandy isn't the only one looking to take an artist under her wing. Rah Ali has a meeting with Harlem rap duo BBOD to talk business and the future of their career. Rah tells Sexxy Lexxy and Miss Moe Money that she signed them up for DJ Self's Gwinin Fest, but Rah soon learns the cypher might come with a little bit of drama. Miss Moe Money revealed she got into a physical altercation with Bianca Bonnie five years ago that resulted in her going to the hospital to receive 15 stitches.
Singing "Once upon a time not long ago, I was a hoe," Mariahlynn is at the radio station with DJ Self. Mariahlynn gives her background story, admitting she once lived in foster care and did her best to survive on the streets. She is the final contender in the cypher.
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It's finally time for the four ladies to showcase their talent and prove they're worthy of being managed. Yandy's there to check out Bianca Bonnie, Rah for BBOD, and Rich Dollaz showed up for Mariahlynn. BBOD goes first, throwing shade at Bianca and her one hit single. Yandy is impressed by Bianca's lyrical talents and gives her the approval.
After each woman graced the mic, Moe confronts Bianca. Things quickly escalate, threats are made, names are called, and Moe attempts to spit at Bianca but misses. After showing how they represent themselves in public at a professional event, both Rah and Yandy reconsider going into business with them.
Later, Remy sits down with Papoose to discuss enjoying her freedom and relaxing for a little bit instead of focusing on work. After hearing these words, Papoose decides to drop some hints about expanding their family. These weren't quite the words Remy was looking to hear. Although she does want to have a child with him, there's something she's been dying to do first: have a real wedding. Papoose asks Remy for her hand in marriage again and brings her to the new place they're going to exchange vows: an extravagant castle.
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The last scene surrounds Mendeecees and Yandy. Lawyers inform Mendeecees he could face five to 20 years in prison for his involvement in the crime, devastating Yandy. She can't imagine him being gone that long or their kids growing older without their dad around.
Love & Hip Hop: New York airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on VH1. Tune in next week for another recap of the show and more drama. Let's hope Cardi B a.k.a. the "regular degular shmegular girl from the Bronx" finally makes an appearance.