Love & Hip Hop: Miami

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Love & Hip Hop: Miami
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Genre Reality television
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Mona Scott-Young
  • Stephanie R. Gayle
  • Maricarmen Lopez
  • Toby Barraud
  • Stefan Springman
  • Mala Chapple
  • David DiGangi
  • Rick de Oliveira
  • Gilda Brasch
  • Alissa Horowitz
  • Nina L. Diaz
  • Liz Fine
  • Vivian Gomez
Running time 42–44 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Monami Entertainment
  • Eastern TV
Release
Original network VH1
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release January 1, 2018 (2018-01-01) – present
Chronology
Related shows Love & Hip Hop: New York
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
External links
Website

Love & Hip Hop: Miami is the fourth installment of the Love & Hip Hop reality television franchise. It premiered on January 1, 2018 on VH1 and chronicles the lives of several people in the Miami area, involved with hip hop music.[1][2] The show features appearances from notable figures associated with Southern hip hop, as well as Latin music and reggaeton.

Development[edit]

Producers first considered a Love & Hip Hop spin-off set in Miami in 2012, before settling on Atlanta instead, with producer Stefan Springman revealing in the behind-the-scenes special Love & Hip Hop: Dirty Little Secrets: "we found great characters there but it just didn't feel right". Several episodes in Love & Hip Hop: New York's second season were filmed in Miami, originally intended to set up a spin-off starring Teairra Marí and Erica Mena.[3] On July 4, 2014, Scott-Young discussed expanding the franchise to other cities: "we have looked at a bunch of other cities, Miami I’ve looked at as well, so we’re always looking to expand."[4] On November 20, 2014, rapper Trina revealed she had turned down an offer for Love & Hip Hop: Miami.[5]

On February 28, 2016, it was reported that potential spin-offs set in Miami and Houston were in pre-production and the producers were auditioning potential cast members.[6] In April 2016, Trick Daddy and Trina confirmed their involvement in Love & Hip Hop: Miami, despite the latter turning down the offer years earlier.[7][8] Filming was set to begin in May 2016,[9] with Trick's storyline centered on managing his artists Mike Smiff and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta's PreMadonna.[10] Plies, Brianna Perry and PreMadonna's husband Buck Thomas were also reported to be cast members at this time,[11] however all their scenes were left on the cutting room floor during the show's nearly two year development and filming process. On April 20, 2017, after over a year of development hell, it was reported that the show's producers had been granted permission to start filming in South Florida.[12][13] At some point, the show's producers approached Gucci Mane and his fiancée Keyshia Ka'oir to star in the series, however they turned it down to film a wedding special for BET.[14]

On May 8, 2017, Gunplay appeared on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, leading to speculation that his appearance was intended to set up Love & Hip Hop: Miami.[15]

On August 25, 2017, VH1 announced Love & Hip Hop: Miami would make its series premiere on January 1, 2018.[1]

Series synopsis[edit]

Overview and casting[edit]

The cast of the first season, from left to right: Veronica, Bobby, Gunplay, Trick Daddy, Trina, Amara, Shay and Prince.

Love & Hip Hop: Miami cast reflects Miami's diverse community. Its main cast consists of Trina, party promoter Prince, Afro-Latina singer Amara La Negra, Gunplay, Cuban-Venezuelan rapper Veronica Vega, openly gay rapper Bobby Lytes, Pleasure P's girlfriend Shay Johnson and Trick Daddy. The show has a sprawling supporting cast, including "latinx trap" producer Young Hollywood, Amara's mother Mami Ana, Gunplay's girlfriend Keyara Stone, Grammy Award-nominated singer Pleasure P and his Pretty Ricky band mates Baby Blue Whoaaaa, Spectacular and Slick 'Em, rapper Miami Tip, Trick Daddy's wife Joy Young, celebrity stylist Jojo Zarur, Prince's girlfriend Liz Cifuentes, DJ Michelle Pooch, Steph Lecor, JT Money's openly gay son Jeffrey White, stylist Malik Williams, model Gabby Davis, Bryant McKinnie, socialite Chinese Kitty and her mother Chinese Nicky.[16] Love & Hip Hop: New York's Juju C. and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta's Lil Scrappy make special crossover appearances.

Storylines[edit]

The premiere episode deals with colorism and eurocentrism within the latin community, including a scene where light-skinned producer Young Hollywood criticises dark-skinned singer Amara La Negra's afro.[17][18][19]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Ebony praised the show and Afro-Latina star Amara La Negra for "inviting cultural conversations" about misogynoir and the underrepresentation of black latinas in mainstream entertainment, hoping the franchise would continue to go in a more "conscious" direction. [20] La Negra was dubbed by Billboard as the show's "breakout star", landing a multi-album record deal with BMG hours after the show's premiere.[21] However, the show was not well-received by some Miami locals, including Khia and TS Madison who reviewed it negatively on their web show The Queen's Court, comparing it to a "telemundo" and criticising the casting and production values, with Khia stating "they had everything bad but a bad bitch on there".[22]

Ratings[edit]

The series premiere garnered 1.8 million viewers, making it VH1's best launch since Hip Hop Squares the previous year.[23]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedExtra episodes
First airedLast airedReunionSpecials
112January 1, 2018 (2018-01-01)March 5, 2018 (2018-03-05)March 12, 2018 (2018-03-12)
March 19, 2018 (2018-03-19)
N/A

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
11"Welcome To Miami"January 1, 2018 (2018-01-01)1.83[24]
22"Forbidden Fruit"January 8, 2018 (2018-01-08)1.67[25]
33"Hey Stranger"January 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)1.57[26]
44"Fashion Victims"January 22, 2018 (2018-01-22)1.72[27]
55"Good Hair"January 29, 2018 (2018-01-29)1.88[28]
66"Saints & Sinners"February 5, 2018 (2018-02-05)1.75[29]
77"I'm Done"February 12, 2018 (2018-02-12)1.55[30]
88"Real Talk"February 19, 2018 (2018-02-19)1.78[31]
99"Crossroads"February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26)1.64[32]
1010"TNT"March 5, 2018 (2018-03-05)1.68[33]
1111"Reunion – Part 1"March 12, 2018 (2018-03-12)1.65[34]
1212"Reunion – Part 2"March 19, 2018 (2018-03-19)1.96[35]

Distribution[edit]

Love & Hip Hop: Miami episodes air regularly on VH1 in the United States.[36][37] Episodes run from around 41–44 minutes and are broadcast in high definition. The series' episodes are also available on demand through the official VH1 website, as well as for digital download at the iTunes Store and Amazon.

References[edit]

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