Controversy often makes for great television, and VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” has no shortage of shocking moments. Though the wildly popular reality show may seem too tragic to be true, Stevie J, one of the show’s most talked-about castmembers, and “Love and Hip Hop” producer Mona Scott-Young insist that what you see is all real.
“We don’t feed you information. It’s not scripted,” Scott-Young said on Wednesday’s (July 18) episode of “RapFix Live.” “That’s the most ridiculous thing that I hear all the time. There are like 40-something people on set. Do you think I can get them all to keep the secret? What do they do with script afterwards, eat it? This is their lives!”
The riveting reality series, which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET, follows the love lives of some of Atlanta’s biggest movers and shakers in the music industry. And Stevie J may be the most riveting of the bunch.
The record producer, who is responsible for hits like Mariah Carey’s 1997 single “Honey” and the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money, Mo Problems,” has seen his fair share of drama on the show. Whether it’s the love triangle between Stevie, his daughter’s mother Mimi Faust and his artist Joseline Hernandez or his fistfight with Lil Scrappy, the smooth-talking Stevie promises that none of it is an act. “I just live my life. I don’t even care about the cameras around. I just do what I do,” he said. “If it shocks the world, then you know, I guess they’re in shock.”
One of the show’s standout moments came when Joseline revealed to Mimi that she was pregnant with Stevie J’s child. Prior to the revelation, Mimi was clueless of the affair that Stevie and Joseline were carrying on behind her back. It was only during the taping of the show that Mimi found out about the dirty secret. “She kinda found out on TV,” Stevie said before he shrugged it off nonchalantly. “I should’ve brought it to her attention a little sooner. It happens.”
The fact is, “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” isn’t all roses and sunshine, and critics have argued that the show depicts black women and the men who dog them in a negative light. Scott-Young does agree that it isn’t all good but doesn’t believe that the stories of castmembers like Mimi and Joseline shouldn’t been aired.”They have every right to tell their stories. I think they’re valid stories, and judging by the numbers, they’re stories that people want to see and hear about,” she said. “But if this is not your cup of tea, there are other great shows on other networks that you may view as well.”
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