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#RECAP ‘Growing Up Hip Hop ATL’ Premiere: Bow Wow’s Return To ATL Stirs Up Major Drama

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Things Get Heated Up Fast on The Season Premier of Growing Up Hip Hop ATL!

 ‘Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta’, premiered on May 25 and Bow Wow caused a stir when he returned home, a place he once left to escape the dangerous drama. However, the real drama unfolded when his enemies showed up to his mix tape party… with guns. I’m still curious to know what went down prior to Bow Wow leaving ATL that has guys heated about him returning to the city.

The first season of GUHHATL had us on the edge of our seat on May 25. We were introduced to the young cast, who all happen to be connected through family, friendships or work.  I will introduce you to all the cast in a few. The premiere was mainly centered on Bow Wow, aka Shad Moss. He’s the only one out of the entire cast that fled the ATL. I’m assuming that could be why people were not so excited about his return.

He claims to have left his hip hop home to escape the messy situations it causes; negative people, drama and dangerous situations. However, now, he’s back. Bow returns to his roots to appear at a party for his mixtape with Soulja Boy.  But, his short stay in the ATL turns into long lectures and conversations with his father-figure and mentor, Jermaine Dupri and his sister-figure and other mentor, Da Brat.

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 During his visit, Bow goes through the ringer. He tells JD and Brat that he wants to create another album since he hasn’t put out anything since he had his daughter, Shai. He basically wants to create an album of confessions. Although JD and Brat want to work with him, they are hesitant because he lives in LA. So, they gave Bow an ultimatum. Stay in the ATL and make a hit record, or we don’t work with you. But, it was all in love. Brat stated it had been long overdue for Bow Wow to release an album and that him being out in LA away from them, “his family” had kept him distracted. Bow Wow however was unsure because he wants to remain in LA to continue being a full time father for his daughter.

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Bow’s weariness about returning to the ATL full time is also due to his life back in LA. He’s admitted that he is not a relationship person. Nonetheless, he’s trying to work things out with his ex, and baby mama, Joie. But, his partying and player ways quickly take over when he touches down in the ATL.

The whole episode leads up to Bow’s mix tape party, where the entire cast is obviously invited and their individual drama unfolds. Bow Wow is celebrating and let’s add that Souljah Boy did not show up at the mix tape party.  So when Bow’s old friends/current enemies show up, things quickly turn bad. He immediately gets his security and makes sure they have their guns on them. Guys are shown walking around with hoodies on throughout his party.  Bow Wow starts making sure that his crew has guns to protect him and themselves and asks for someone to be by the door in case of a shootout.  That’s when the episode ends and I don’t know about you but that left me on the edge of my seat. I’m still trying to see what Bow did to have these former friends showing up with guns.

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The season premiere also centers around two best friends, Reginae Carter and Zonnique Pullins. Reginae — the daughter of Lil Wayne — and Zonnique — daughter of T.I. & Tiny — both find themselves entangled in their family’s drama when Wayne and T.I. decide to carry on a fight on social media. Which is a pretty big deal because the family is really close knit.

Long story short, Wayne did an interview where he made some controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter Movement. And, his good friend T.I., who happens to feel very strongly about the BLMM, wasn’t feeling what Wayne had to say.

 Side Note: We all remember how that went down so it was interesting seeing it from the other side of the fence.

So, T.I. took to social media to bash him. When their daughters found out, although Reginae bit her tongue, they both agreed to stay out of it for the sake of friendship and family.  However, after a sit down with her mother, Toya Wright, who encourages her to let the beef stay between adults, Reginae can’t contain the urge to protect her father so she snaps back at T.I. on social media. The episode also ends with Zonnique finding out about Reginae’s comments. Things on the show really are heating up in ATL and I’m ready for the next episode!

If you missed the show then click HERE!

MEET THE CAST: 

Bow Wow: Child hip hop star who grew up under the tutelage of Snoop and mega-producer, Jermaine Dupri.

Reginae Carter: Daughter of rap star Lil’ Wayne

Ayana Fite: Daughter of The Beastie Boys mainstay, DJ Hurricane

Brandon Barnes: Son of famed hip hop manager Ms. Deb, and brother of hip hop star Waka Flocka

Zonnique Pullins: Daughter of hip hop power couple T.I. and Tiny.

Did you enjoy the season premier? Let me hear your thoughts on the show below.

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The New Edition Movie [RECAP]

 

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New Edition as kids!

The hottest series on television these past three days was the ‘New Edition Biopic!

 There’s no other group in modern black music history as deserving of a biopic as New Edition, as their musical reign spanned over 3 decades.

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All of the members of New Edition (Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell and Ronnie DeVoe, as well as Johnny Gill, who joined the group after Bobby was voted out) signed on as co-producers.

 That one fact gives insight as to why the biopic was so authentic and had such impressive detail, particularly in regards to wardrobe and production design.

 

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From the very start of the series, we learn the struggle that these young boys encountered on their road to fame. What surprised many of us was the fact that they had to go through so much with bad record deals before they were able to eventually move out of the projects!

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 Talk about a long and rough journey.

The most difficult part of the group’s journey occurred when they had to vote Bobby Brown from the group! We all can admit that Bobby was a tough cookie to deal with as he grew into his teenage years. BET did an amazing job with allowing the members to display the true hurt behind having to do that. They grew up together and were really tough about keeping the group together despite Bobby and his habits getting out of control. Bobby Brown has always been ‘Bobby Brown’. The ‘bad boy’ of New Edition has always had a wild side and even sold drugs during his early days in the group.

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It’s revealed in the movie that after an arrest in L.A. where Bobby was driving a corvette without a license, he had over $6,000 in cash on him! Despite being banished from the group, Bobby Brown ends up with a solo deal from MCA because he was still under contract.

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                       But hey it’s his Prerogative right so Don’t be Cruel!

After watching this movie, we could understand some meanings behind his music that was produced after being booted out the group.

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As the lead singer, Ralph is treated like a king, while the others are almost like his background dancers.  As expected, that causes strife within the group. Ralph becomes even more of a diva after Bobby is voted out and things come to a head when Brown gets his solo deal.

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Everyone, including Ralph’s girlfriend, is hyping him up to go solo, so he begins working on his own music without telling the group.

 Of course that strikes a nerve with the group and leads up to Mike Bivens adding a new edition, Johnny Gill, to sort of replace Ralph. I look at it as a smart way of reminding him that another person was just as talented as him out there and this calmed him down a bit with his ego.

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Of course the industry is still shady for them!

Mike Bivens learns it first hand, which is why he’s become the brains behind the business of NE.  Bivens visits’ MCA to inquire about a production company that he’d never heard of that was listed on their album and finds out that their ‘manager’ is actually pocketing money from signing them.

Now we know why the group was still living in the projects… everyone was getting paid but them!

The final 2 hours of ‘The New Edition Story’ takes us through the groups demise and it’s subsequent rebuilding. After a chart topping album with NE Heartbreak, everyone is on cloud 9… including Bobby Brown who has a successful solo album. Fame takes hold and the group slowly disintegrates as lead singer Ralph Tresvant has been itching to release a solo project as well.

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 Meanwhile, label execs are in Johnny Gills ear promising that his vocal ability on a solo project is a no brainer and Ricky Bell, Mike Bivens and Ron Devoe are talked into creating a hip-hop trio by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. In the movie, this all transpires during a celebration for the success of the album and a drunken Bobby Brown takes it all in as he watches each conversation unfold from his seat.

He clearly realizes that the brotherhood of “New Edition” may be irretrievably broken as De La Soul’s classic ‘Me, Myself & I’ closes out the segment. The tour ends before anyone gets paid and all are left deep in debt after extravagant spending and travel costs. Brooke Payne can see that it’s not going to end well, as he watches it all unfold and states that they were more professional back when they were a boy band.

A topic that’s never really been revealed is that Ricky Bell was addicted to cocaine and alcohol.

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The movie sheds quite a bit of light on his situation as it’s revealed he even kept his problem from his wife by hiding the drugs in a protein canister

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 Rick seemed to be the one who suffered the most after the group’s breakup and the cancellation of BBD’s tour. With no backup plan and a costly drug habit, he soon falls deeper in debt and even loses his home. He turns it all around by heading to rehab and admitting he has a problem with not only cocaine, but with ‘the feeling’ associated with fame, something he knows he may never have again. Despite the rough journey, The movie wraps up as New Edition takes the stage and it’s clear that the brotherhood of NE is 4Life!

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