“Love and Hip-Hop New York” Recap: What Friendships?

The theme of Sunday’s show seemed to be “friendship sucks.” At least it does when you’re this funky bunch…


First up on the friendship chopping block was Lore’l and Erica Mena’s match made in bird heaven…whereas last week we saw these two willing to collaborate on a song, this week saw the two ending their friendship for good because of a comment made by Lore’l about what Erica herself admitted to being on Worldstar Hip-Hop. I guess there’s only room enough on the show for one ratchet Angry Bird, and Erica is it.

Next up was Joe Budden and Raqi Thunda’s fraying friendship. Last week, Joe admitted to haven fallen off the sobriety wagon, and this week, the duo was found speaking extensively about “closure”…at least, that’s what Raqi will have us believe. When Joe asked—quite sincerely—if the gossip queen was in love with him, Raqi—with a wink and a smile—responded that no, of course she wasn’t.

Of course, later on, we get to see Tahiry sticking her nose in business that isn’t hers: Even though she swears up and down that no, she’s no longer with Joe, and no, she’s never going to get back with him, HARRUMPH (*cut to flipped table*), she still manages to keep a “friendship” with Fay, Joe’s mother. And of course, she’s going to go with Fay to Joe’s quasi-intervention and offer “support.” It’s not like Joe has a girlfriend or anything, right, Tahiry? Ladies, you know how you have that one female friend that always waits until her ex-boyfriend has a new girl to decide that she wants him back? Well, Tahiry is that female friend. All I could think of, as Tahiry manipulated her way back into Joe’s good graces, was “poor Kaylin. How did she get suckered into this mess? I hope she doesn’t get her heart broken.”

Meanwhile, over in the Jen the Pen/Consequence household, things are as boring as ever. Long story short: Consequence is Muslim, Jen the Pen is not, and Consequence would like Jen not to cook during Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, traditionally reserved for fasting) because he gets really grouchy when he’s hungry. Jen, of course, spends the rest of the show whining—the most I could gather was that she was feeding her son a load of processed foods so Consequence wouldn’t “smell” food. Consequence, here’s a serious question: True Muslims know that fasting is wajib (obligatory) for adults, not for children. Why is your child required to eat less-than-nutritious food so you can feel more comfortable? Or is this just another part in keeping with your fine tradition of putting your selfish wants above your child’s required needs (such as your refusal to pay for his first birthday, which you pulled up to in a probably-leased Bentley)? Having children out of wedlock is not accepted in the Muslim tradition, and neither is having children with a non-Muslim partner, so please miss me with your “devoutly religious” claims.

Finally, we get to the real drama of the evening: Erica Mena vs. Olivia. Rich Dollaz is managing both, and came up with the brilliant idea that Erica should rap on Olivia’s latest song (produced, of course, by Consequence). Unsurprisingly, Olivia passes on the opportunity. This, of course, provokes a series of fights that begin in Olivia’s house in N.J., and end at Yandy’s event in New York City. As is typical for a refined lady of Erica’s caliber, she barged into the event—uninvited—and proceeded to make a scene and a half, proclaiming that even though this was neither the time nor the place to address her concerns with Olivia, she does “what she wants, when she wants.” (And this, my dear Erica, is why the general market views you as little more than an “urban booty model.” Supermodels are trained in the fine art of public etiquette, which is why people like Cindy Crawford are invited to red carpets long after their halcyon days of modeling are over. You, my dear Erica, need to change your attitude if you ever want to be invited to a Joe’s Crab Shack opening after “L&HH” goes off the air…)

Until next week, cats and kittens… —Bernadette Giacomazzo (@bgiacomazzo)

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  • A.I

    Er, actually Muslims can have children with non-Muslims and also regardless whether one has a child out of wedlock or not, Nigga got to take care of his kids, not starve them. As a Muslim he should have some self-restraint and not punish his wife and child, regardless his wife’s beliefs.

    • Nunya

      Not REAL Muslims, dear. REAL Muslims are very devout in their practices. And also…the N-word in the middle of talking about Islam? Oh.

    • http://twitter.com/JustBern #BERN#

      This is what the Qu’ran says about Muslim men getting together with non-Muslim women: “Do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters), until they believe: A slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she allures you. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: A man slave who believes is better than an unbeliever, even though he allures you. Unbelievers do (but) beckon you to the Fire. But Allah beckons by His Grace to the Garden (of bliss) and forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind: That they may celebrate His praise.” (Al-Qur’an, 2:221)

      Muslim men CAN have children with non-Muslim women, but they’re not fully recognized as “legitimate” children unless they are raised in the Muslim faith. In terms of Muslim tradition, Jen the Pen is little more than a slave, or concubine. And, unless Caidien is fully raised as Muslim (which, based on Jen’s reactions, isn’t going to happen), he too won’t be fully recognized. This journalist/editor (and I wrote this article & others on here) suspects that, perhaps, Consequence is taking this intimation a BIT too seriously, considering how contradictory he behaves in the rest of his pre-supposed “faith.” I understand no one is perfect, and as humans, our behavior is flawed, especially when it comes to our faith…but don’t hide behind the shield of “God” — regardless of whether you call him God, Yahweh, Allah, Buddha, Jehovah, or anything else — and propose to be holier-than-all, but behave in such a way that makes you (for lack of a better word) basic.

      And I co-sign the previous writer who questions why you would use the N-word when trying to have a theo-philosophical discussion. It sort of invalidates your whole statement.

  • http://twitter.com/Hnic313 Dre Thompson

    good article valid points i think we all have to remember show is scripted and some things are over exaggerated its only the third episode theres more to come so i guess we just gotta wait to see.

    P.S. i thought it was funny as hell when yandy and olivia walked away from erica she not even that cute to be talking shit RT rofl

    • http://twitter.com/Beyoncca Beyoncca

      Seems like those two phonies Yandy and Olivia walked away from an ass kicking. Scary broads. I noticed when Erica said “Yandy, get your finger out of my face”, Yandy didn’t say nothing. Also when Erica said to Yandy how stupid she looked for involving herself in Olivia’s issues with Erica.
      I too thought Yandy should have left those two to discuss their issues alone. Yandy’s always trying to be in the middle of someone elses drama, when she needs to focus on that molesting Mendeecee, and preparing to register him as a sex offender!

  • Somaya

    Erica is definitely the crazy drama-queen
    on this season of Love and Hip Hop, and I have to admit I like it. There is so
    much drama on this show; it gives me and my DISH co-worker so much to talk
    about. Normally, I wouldn’t be able to watch this show on Sunday nights because
    my boyfriend likes to watch his sports. We finally bought a DISH Hopper
    Whole-Home HD DVR to put an end to the arguments. Now we can watch 4 different
    HD programs on separate televisions at the same time; it has made Sunday nights
    fun for everyone.