“Love & Hip-Hop: New York” Recap: Let The Music Play
This week's episode of "Love & Hip-Hop" proved that anyone can get into the music business...and anyone did.
First up is Erica Mena. Now, the angriest of the Angry Birds certainly has a voice to yell...but that doesn't mean, of course, that this same voice can be used to sing a beautiful tune. Yet, she managed to impress even the ever-doubtful Yandy, who—earlier in the show—agreed to get Rich fired from being Erica's manager (of course, Yandy also admitted that her reasons were less-than-noble...she still feels some kind of way about the whole Jim Jones situation...). If you're interested, you can get "Where Do I Go From Here" from iTunes and all other retailers. I, however, will spend my hard-earned 99 cents elsewhere. Who could blame me?
Next up, we have Tahiry. Unlike Erica, who received mostly positive reviews for her song, Tahiry got all but skull-dragged up and down Twitter for her rap(!) song, "Devil," that she, of course, would like her more-famous-and-rightfully-so ex, Joe Budden, to do the remix on. Aside from the fact that the song (with or without Budden) makes Vanilla Ice sound like Immortal Technique, the previews for next week suggest that Tahiry and Joe's current girl, Kaylin Garcia, come to fisticuffs when word gets out that Budden will do a verse on the song. Even sadder still, that fight is the most exciting part of the song. (As an aside: Tahiry is 34? Damn, girl.)
Then we have Raqi and Jen the Pen. A brief back history: Prior to this show, both Raqi and Jen had more than a little bit of experience in the world of radio ("With WHOO KID! And 50 CENT!" said Jen the Pen ever-so-emphatically). Because Jen needs a job, Raqi had the great idea of having the two of them co-host a radio show on the world-famous Hot 97 in NYC. After a fortuitous meeting with Ebro (the program director), the duo did a trial run of their proposed show with Dipset soldier Vado (who is rumored to be dating Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club, which is on Hot 97's rival station, Power 105.1). It takes the all of four seconds for the whole interview—and the show—to go to Hell in a handbasket, as Raqi makes insinuations about Vado's, ah, assets. Needless to say, Jen and Raqi's friendship went down in a blaze of glory (or shame, take your pick), with Raqi insinuating to Jen that even her devoutly-Muslim baby-daddy had sent her sexually explicit text messages.
And finally, we have Yandy's video that she made just for Mandeeces. In an effort to say something nice (as I think Yandy's going through enough off-camera drama as it is on account of that "alleged" sex offender of her partner...SMH!), I'll simply say that Yandy has a great body. And God bless her for it.
Until next week, cats & kittens... —Bernadette Giacomazzo (@bgiacomazzo)