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Hip Hop is the most popular musical form on the planet, but not many people understand what it is like to live in the world of Hip Hop culture. Though many people do not possess an insider's view of this exciting world, perspectives are changing thanks to VH1's reality show Love & Hip Hop. The show gives viewers an intimate glimpse into the real lives of people who are involved in the Hip Hop world, and it does so mostly through the eyes of some unique, but relatable females.

Love & Hip Hop focuses on the lives of four main females with ties to the world of Hip Hop music and culture. Two of the women - Chrissy and Emily - are involved in dating relationships with famous rappers. This may sound glamorous, but the realities are much more complex. The other two women depicted on the program - Olivia and Somaya - are Hip Hop artists themselves. Given the fact that the world of Hip Hop is dominated by men and masculine energy, the show's depiction of these female artists sheds light on the struggles women must face in the industry.

Chrissy is involved in a relationship with rapper Jim Jones, and the show depicts the struggles associated with dating a star in the world of music. Chrissy is shown to have helped Jones tremendously with his life and career, but she feels as though she needs more out of life than what Jones can give her. To make matters worse, she must also deal with her beau's domineering mother.

Emily lives a quiet life as the girlfriend of rapper Fabolous. She is known to outsiders as the rapper's stylist, but in reality, she is his companion and mother of their child. She is not entirely comfortable with her role, and the show depicts her struggles.

Somaya and Olivia are shown to be strong and talented in different ways, but each one of them must struggle with making a career in the tough world of Hip Hop. Because men dominate the culture, each of their successes are hard-earned. These two women are shown to be much different from Chrissy and Emily, but they are all equally important to the world in which they inhabit.

Love & Hip Hop is one of the most enlightening shows on TV today. Although Hip Hop culture is incredibly popular, few people have been able to look inside the world of Hip Hop to see what it is really all about. Thanks to Love & Hip Hop, however, viewers can visit the interior of this world and experience it through the eyes of four amazing women.

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Monday 8:00 PM et/pt on VH1
5 Seasons, 51 Episodes - Currently Airing
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Love & Hip Hop Full Episode Guide

  • Mendeecees and Yandy figure out the next steps in their lives. Erica wants to move things forward with Cyn but Cyn is skeptical. Peter tries to do right by Amina, but can't get Tara off his mind. Diamond Strawberry gives up the good life to move to NY for Cisco, but both are hiding secrets.

  • The cast reunites with host Mo'Nique to discuss the drama of Season 4.

  • The cast reunites with host Mo'Nique to discuss the Season 4 drama.

  • An Erica Mena performance brings together a diverse group as Rich shares a final truth. Nick Cannon coaxes Peter into sealing the deal. Yandy and Mendecees look to the future. Tahiry and Rashidah experience their final showdown.

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VH1's new docu-soap series "Love & Hip Hop" just wrapped it's first 8 episodes. Now, VH1 is bringing the ladies, and some of their men, back together for a reunion special to air Monday at 8pm EST on VH1, hosted by Hot 97's Angie Martinez. Catch a preview here.

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