'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' fourth season cast is overflowing

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist K.Michelle attends Radio Room Day 1 during the 2013 BET Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET) LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist K.Michelle attends Radio Room Day 1 during the 2013 BET Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)
caption arrowCaption
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist K.Michelle attends Radio Room Day 1 during the 2013 BET Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET) LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist K.Michelle attends Radio Room Day 1 during the 2013 BET Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

caption arrowCaption
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: (L-R) Music Producer Stevie J with his wife recording artist Joseline Hernandez attend UrbanDaddy Presents Grey Goose Le Melon Fruit Of Kings at W Atlanta Buckhead on July 29, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for UrbanDaddy) Stevie J and his squeeze Joseline last August. CREDIT: Getty Images.

Credit: Rodney Ho

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: (L-R) Music Producer Stevie J with his wife recording artist Joseline Hernandez attend UrbanDaddy Presents Grey Goose Le Melon Fruit Of Kings at W Atlanta Buckhead on July 29, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for UrbanDaddy) Stevie J and his squeeze Joseline last August. CREDIT: Getty Images.
caption arrowCaption
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: (L-R) Music Producer Stevie J with his wife recording artist Joseline Hernandez attend UrbanDaddy Presents Grey Goose Le Melon Fruit Of Kings at W Atlanta Buckhead on July 29, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for UrbanDaddy) Stevie J and his squeeze Joseline last August. CREDIT: Getty Images.

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" has more than enough cast members to fill air time season four, even after dumping four people. But the VH1 show, which defines the word "ratchet" in all its semi-scripted glory, likes to hedge its bets and is planning to showcase a few newbies - just in case.

The network's most popular show returns April 20 at 8 p.m.. It's currently in production around Atlanta.

The returnees include the star foursome that is Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J along with Mimi Faust and Stevie J-wannabe Nikko Smith.

Then there's Scrappy and Bambi, plus his two Ericas: Erica Dixon and Erica Pinkett. Momma Dee, naturally, reigns over Scrappy as usual.

Kirk Frost and Rasheeda are still married. Kaleena Harper (who?) and her husband T-Vick might get a few moments though most folks would be hard-pressed to remember they were even on the show last season.

And for mysterious reasons, creator Mona Scott Young is keeping Karlie Redd around.

That's 15 people already, although only a handful of the woman get actual "main cast" billing.

But get this: I've heard from a couple of sources that K Michelle is returning to Atlanta after her spinoff show in New York came and went. She left "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" season two.  At least she now has a music career to fall back on.

caption arrowCaption
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist K.Michelle attends Radio Room Day 1 during the 2013 BET Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET) LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist K.Michelle attends Radio Room Day 1 during the 2013 BET Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)

Credit: Rodney Ho

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist K.Michelle attends Radio Room Day 1 during the 2013 BET Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET) LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist K.Michelle attends Radio Room Day 1 during the 2013 BET Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)
caption arrowCaption
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist K.Michelle attends Radio Room Day 1 during the 2013 BET Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET) LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Recording artist K.Michelle attends Radio Room Day 1 during the 2013 BET Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

The folks who were dumped? Benzino and Althea, much to Benzino's chagrin since he was there from the beginning and once considered himself best buddies with Stevie J.

Wacka Flocka Flame and Tammy Rivera were also cut after just one season. That sleepy storyline flamed out fast.

Straight From the A has the scoop on who might be joining the show.

She said Streetz 94.5 jock DJ Holiday is coming on.

The others she cites all seem to be relative unknowns, a stripper named Diamond, a model named Ashlee Monroe and a woman who goes by the name PrimaDonna.

VH1 has yet to announce the cast but StraightFromtheA is usually reliable on Love and Hip Hop tea.

About the Author

Editors' Picks