It’s no secret that Love And Hip Hop has had a phenomenal second season, and it’s so good that The New York Post has taken notice. The Post ran an article yesterday featuring interviews with Yandy Smith, Olivia Longott, and executive producer (and occasional guest star) Mona Scott-Young, which was an interesting look at how the show has evolved from being a show about Jim Jones, who lost interest in being the star of the show after the pilot was shot (VH1 Senior VP Jim Ackerman explained “He didn’t really care what our producers wanted to do.”) to its current format which focuses on the women in his life.
Some of our favorite quotes from the article are below, including some veiled (and not to veiled) comparisons to Basketball Wives.
Yandy, on what she wants the series to show: “We don’t all live in big houses, we don’t have fancy cars, we don’t all just sit back and sip Champagne all day. Some of us are struggling, some of us live in attics, we work 9 to 5, we hurt, some of us want to get married . . . I think we’ve touched on so many different themes that women go through.”
Olivia on the on-screen fighting: “In Basketball Wives, I thought they were always bickering about nothing. They didn’t really have anything else to talk about, everyone was just sitting around having drinks. In our show, there’s so much for everybody to gravitate to.” (Olivia tweeted earlier today to clarify that quote, lest you think she was knocking Basketball Wives. She wrote to Tami Roman saying “@TamiRoman nope!I said our story lines are diff because we are a hiphop based show and that u guys do dinner n drink scenes n we break glasses on our drink scenes why we have plastic cups now. would never call yall wack I been a fan of the show.“)
Olivia on how she’s edited: “They make it seem like it’s such a struggle and like I need sympathy or something, and it bothers me to my core.”
Executive producer Mona Scott-Young on the feel and title of the show: “We really wanted to showcase the neighborhoods where they live, where they work, where they play. There are other shows that have a certain world in their title, but you never see that world on the show . . . We really want it to feel like this is what the hip-hop scene in New York is.”
Could that final quote be a dig at the oft-criticized fact that there aren’t many wives in the Wives franchises? Regardless, it’s exciting to see the mainstream latch on to and recognize the significance of this show — it’s about time.