Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta is shaping up to be the most intense season yet! With a cast of young heavy hitters in the Hip Hop world it’s clear this WEtv brand is just getting started.
The southeast branch stars Shad Moss aka Bow Wow, Reginae Carter (Lil’ Wayne, Toya Wright), Zonnique Pullins (Tiny of Xscape, T.I.), Shaniah Mauldin (Jermaine Dupri), Brandon Barnes (Ms. Deb, Waka Flocka), and Ayanna Fite (DJ Hurricane, The Beastie Boys); with appearances by legends in the game like Da Brat, Snoop Dogg and more.
After the premiere screening, the cast engaged in a Q&A session where they spoke on the idea of privilege, hard work, humility, the industry and of course, the drama. Check out what some of the cast had to say below:
“Some people feel like we don’t have to work for anything, some people feel like everything is handed to us but that’s not necessarily the reality for all of us.” – Brandon Barnes
“I think you can see how hard it actually can be and it’s not always easy. I don’t get everything handed to me. I definitely have to work hard to make my own name.” – Zonnique Pullins
“(Dad) made sure that I worked for everything. – After we got done filming, my dad sent my black *** back to work so, I do have a job again. But he does make sure that I’m very humble because when you are a child of a celebrity parent it’s easy to be a spoiled brat and he has done everything in his power to make sure that his kids are not spoiled brats. – I feel like every parent spoils their child, my dad spoils me with love.” – Ayanna Fite
Jermaine Duper’s daughter, Shania Mauldin, who is a biology major in college is bringing a major contrast to the assumed Hip Hop lifestyle. Here’s what she had to say about a particular choice she’s made:
“For me, drinking/smoking that’s just not something that I’m into… and I don’t do that to like put myself above anybody. It’s just you know, you don’t like certain foods, you don’t eat it. I don’t like that stuff, I don’t do it.” – Shaniah Mauldin
The WEtv premiere in Atlanta, Georgia (aka Hollywood of the South) was lit to say the least… no seriously, everyone was there. Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri, Ms. Deb, Waka Flocka, Tammy Rivera, DJ Hurricane, Toya Wright, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Kandi Burruss, Trina Braxton, Mama June, Honey BooBoo and many other familiar faces from WEtv and Love and HipHop Atlanta showed love.
Kristinia DeBarge from Growing Up Hip Hop LA brought a first look of the West Coast’s Season 3 which showed things getting even more complex with her discovery of a possible sibling (and suspected daughter of James DeBarge and Janet Jackson) while Angela Simmons (Rev Run) and Romeo Miller (Master P) find themselves in an even more awkward space.
Like GUHH LA, Atlanta will in no way be drama free as we get an access granted look at the social media beef between Lil’ Wayne and T.I. over comments made about Black Lives Matter.
Reginae Carter bubbled over with personality as she clarified… “That’s my personality on there. I just don’t want y’all to think that I’m bratty. I’m not bratty, I’m very sweet. I’ll talk to you if I see you, be cool, take pictures – but I don’t play with my family and they caught me at that point.”
However Zonnique Pullins promises… “You’ll see me being a bit of peace maker, I’m bringing some peace to the show”.
The cast was also asked whether they would allow their children to be in the industry.
“If she wants to do it then it would be hard for me to stop her, I’d have to be right behind her.” – Bow Wow on his daughter Shai
Like Bow Wow, most of the cast seemed to feel fine with the motion but Brandon Barnes on the other hand, brought a different perspective to the matter stating:
“I would say no. One of the things that my mother and my brother have taught me, especially in our community as far as hip hop culture, mental health is real. And right now with all the stuff that’s going – if my kids wanted to grow up in this business and actually run and be in whoever’s footsteps, we’ve got to get better as a people.” – Brandon Barnes
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