'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' recap ('Common Ground'): season 5, episode 8

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Scrapp De Leon was a promising arrival on "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" this season thanks to his crazy mom Karen "KK" King (even more dangerous than Scrappy's Momma Dee!) and Baby Mama drama with Tiarra. Yes, he is the king of bad stereotypes of black males.

So just as soon as he gets out of prison, he gets caught trafficking pot. The prosecutor gives him five more years in the clink.

And this news happened just as he's hooking up with Karlie Redd, much to the chagrin of Tommie, his supposed girlfriend. (What? The man can't keep it in his pants? I can't believe it!)

His mom KK thinks Tiarra ratted her out a few years ago after she brutally beat up her ex boyfriend and spent time as a fugitive featured on "America's Most Wanted." So she can't forgive Tiarra.

And Tiarra is punishing Scrapp and KK by denying access to her son. Eventually, she warms up to him and allows him to see the boy. Then she finds out about his pending prison sentence and cries. Scrapp wants his mom and Tiarra to work out joint custody arrangements or have some level of civility. But I doubt even Jimmy Carter could tamp down the two sides' resentments toward each other.

Naturally, Scrapp's efforts at detente fail miserably.

And now "Love and Hip Hop" is about to lose Scrapp almost as soon as he arrived. The producers are clearly shedding tears themselves over the loss.


Other storylines featured:

  • I've got albums and hit singles, beeyotches! K Michelle holds a listening party for herself to celebrate herself and her achievements now that she's back in Atlanta. She proceeds get into it with producer D. Smith and her friend/vocalist Betty Idol. She heard that D Smith had a falling out with her makeup artist over song ownership. Betty said the artist had no morals. Then they start comparing career notes. Betty claims to have sung a hook on a Lil Wayne song but K Michelle helpfully pointed out it wasn't a hit - like her songs! She also thinks Betty should be on Broadway because she's so animated. Only on this show would someone take that as shade and walk away all peeved.  No shows at her party: Dime, Rasheeda and Mimi. But Joseline is there. For once, she is a mere observer of the drama, not part of it.
  • Booted! Yung Joc and Scrappy don't seem to enjoy paying bills because they get evicted from their bachelor pad. Classy guys! Clark Howard would be so proud if he had any idea who you guys were! And you can see where the money is going instead: strippers. Scrappy is confused by Jessica Dime confronting his ex Bambi but since Bambi was with another guy, he's cool with it and continues flirting with Dime.

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.