Like many, I have a love-hate relationship with Mona Scott-Young’s famed Love & Hip Hop franchise. Sure, they are entertaining, but they paint a senseless and ridiculous picture of our community that is usually intensified by fake story lines. So, when I heard the recent news of hip-hop couple Remy Ma and Papoose joining the forthcoming season 6 cast of Love & Hip Hop New York, my first reaction was indeed a facepalm. Why Remy? After spending seven years behind bars, you decide to make a career comeback on ratchet reality TV?
“We the real Love & HipHop!!!” she captioned an Instagram photo of her and her husband earlier this week. Papoose co-signed the news: “@therealremyma let’s continue to influence our culture not to be afraid to show #blacklove #Trendsetters #LHHNY let’s goooo Peace to The#Bosslady Mona Scott she made us a offer we couldn’t refuse…”
They both seem pretty excited. I mean, could you really blame them? They do have bills to pay, and it sounds like they’ll be getting a nice check they apparently couldn’t “refuse.” But for me, an actual Remy Ma fan, the news was underwhelming. Why? Because real musicians do not flourish on Love & Hip Hop. They go there to try and make a musical comeback of some sort and fall short. We’ve all seen it play out before. We all saw Joe Budden make a swift exit left, quick, fast and in a hurry after divulging his demons and having his marriage proposal rejected on national TV. However, I will say that K. Michelle’s miraculous transformation into an R&B star is an exception. But then again, she was a new artist and had nothing to lose.
As for Remy, she’s a seasoned lyricist who is still trying to readjust to life outside of a cell. But is it too soon to open her home and family to the cameras after just a year of freedom? A year that hasn’t produced any new albums or tours? My hope is that her music will be the focus of their participation on the show and that her interactions with the cast are sprinkled in sparingly. But I’m also hopeful that her flourishing and ridiculously cute marriage with Papoose won’t be impacted. Reality TV has a funny way of putting peculiar rifts in relationships that have already been tested: Tara and Peter, Rasheeda and Kirk, Stevie J and Mimi, and Tahiry Jose and Joe Budden. I’m hoping Remy and Papoose can be the exception to this.
All in all, I’m not bashing Remy and Papoose’s reality TV debut, but I expected more from them. Maybe their own TV show? Maybe a joint tour for real hip-hop heads? I don’t know. But something other than Love & Hip Hop. I’d hate to see Remy reduced to two-piecing these delusional chicks and going round for round for respect. “Don’t do this,” “You’ll catch another case,” messages have already flooded her Instagram, people pleading for her to reconsider. I have the same sentiments, but then again, she did say that the experience of being in jail has given her a new outlook on life. So maybe we will see a new side of the star. I can only hope that she will maintain that new perspective and rise above the ratchet.
But I guess we’ll have to wait and see what season 6 and the Mackie’s bring to VH1 when the new season debuts. Will you be tuned in?