I suppose the time has come for a Marriage Boot Camp Hip Hop Edition recap. Of course I would not be doing this if Phaedra was not on. I am not familiar with most of these people. So please forgive my ignorance on the backstories of most of them. However, I do have some tea on “Medina Islam.” His real name is Brent, I will not be posting his real last name to spare his family any further shame. I also know that Phaedra and Brent are not in a relationship. MBC wanted Phaedra and Apollo but that didn’t work out. So that left Phaedra scrambling for someone to film with. Enter Brent who had a nice role on The Haves & Have Nots until, if I recall correctly, his character was killed off.
Phaekdra Will Earn That Nickname On MBC
Tamara Tattles has multiple exclusive sources on Phaedra and this current sham. These two “love birds” live on opposite sides of the country. It was not until right before filming that Phaedra flew out to LA and allegedly called the paps to take photos of them. For reasons that escape me, Phaedra wore an old plain white t-shirt and ratty jeans. Brent wore sort of a Canadian tuxedo (apologies to Canada), black Levis with a black Levi’s jean jacket. Brent has one photo of that on his IG. Phaedra has one photo of the couple on her IG that was taken on the MBC property.
This is all a farce and I have a lot of background on Brent that is not flattering. These two are not and have never been dating. This is just two forty something fools desperate to be on TV. Brent’s TV credits only include The Haves And Have Nots. He was also third zombie on the left in a couple of movie shorts.
Let’s get this over with. and move on to recap the show where washed up former housewives go when they get really desperate for a paycheck. Let’s see how well these two fake a relationship despite having only laid eyes on each other once or twice. My sources tell me that family members of Brent’s actually tried to reach out to warn Phaedra about him. They seem like nice people who had no idea these two are birds of a feather. They allegedly tried to tell Phaedra not to have her kids around him because of his unpredictable behavior. Phaedra’s camp didn’t seem to take them seriously.
It’s Time To Meet The Players
First to arrive is Hazel-E it seems she is the “hip hop element” and De’von is her “boyfriend” at least she cast a hot young guy in the role. He’s looking for a modeling career on MBC. I believe we have seen her as “Kenya’s friend” on RHOA.
Next up is Kurupt and his girlfriend. Kurupt is one of the few actual rappers on the show that has a presence. Unfortunately, he is more well know for dumping his wife, Jovan after 10 years of marriage and 17 years together when she got a terminal cancer diagnosis. She claimed she managed him and the businesses. And she claimed he was abusive due to an alcohol addiction. He allegedly told her to “get a real job” instead of paying spousal support.
More Deadbeats & Losers
Le sigh. Why do they put these people on TV? His new squeeze, Tookie, comes into the house basically not speaking to him. Tookie/Toni expresses her concerns about his drinking right away. Kurupt goes straight to the alcohol. Also Kurupt has been cheating on Tookie right up until the day before they came in the house. She is pissed!
Next up we go all the way back to 2007 with Willie Taylor. He was on Making The Band then and Puffy made his lead singer in the band Day 26. Since then he has been with Shanda for 15 years, and married for twelve. they have three kids. And he too has been caught cheating. She says has cheated in retaliation. Shanda and Hazel have beef. It seems to stem from Willie and Shanda being frequent guests on Love and Hip Hop.Shanda and Hazel-E start getting into it right away. Shanda thinks Hazel-E is colorist.
The Arrival of Phaekdra & Brent
Then they make a big deal about Phaedra and “Medina.” It’s hysterical that Medina says he is a recording artist (where the recordings?) and a ghost writer for “some of the world’s top recording artists.” My sources tell me that is a flat out lie. Phaedra and “Medina” are two peas in a pod. All Phaedra cares about is that “Medina” is good looking. That seems to continue to be Phaedra’s only criteria when picking a man, or a fake relationship. Phaedra seems
jealous of not happy to see Hazel.
With one couple left to arrive, the other couple go outside to check out the pool. Then Tahiry Jose and Vado arrive and think they are the first ones there. They pop some champagne and argue and wait on the others to arrive. Shanda and Hazel waste no time at going at it. And just like that they call a truce for the two weeks they are in the house. We’ll see if that lasts. Korupt is already wasted. Speaking of wasted, this is how I suggest you watch this show, if you choose to watch it at all.
The First Exercise From The Therapists
The first exercise is set up as a Great Debate. They play their individual interviews that their partners have not seen and argue. There is an overlying them that one party thinks the other is just with them for clout. Do any of these people have clout? Most of them I’ve never heard of in my life. I am shocked that Phaedra admits right of the bat that she and Medina have never had sex. I expected them to rave about how great the sex they never had was all season.
Oh dear God. Phaedra says, “The reason we have never had sex is because I know what I have in my lower half is so powerful, it you get a taste of it, you might lose your mind.” You can tell Hazel and Phaedra have a pact going in because Hazel’s interviews are very supportive of Medina and Phaedra. Despite Phaedra’s initial comments. I kind of like Willie, mostly because I used to love Making The Band. Willie and Shanda seem to be the most norma/believable. Kurupt and Toni are in really bad shape. Kurupt is an asshole. And He’s already drunk.Toni needs to leave his ass on day one. Toni says Kurupt is horrible, but Ricardo (his real name) loves his family.
The Room Assignments
On any version of Marriage Boot Camp, the room assignments are my favorite part. They are only in for ten days. On day 9 there will be a lie detector test. This season, they will pose a question for the lie detector in confessional. I presume, as usual the therapists will choose the questions. Shanda and Willie’s walls are covered with texts about Willie’s cheating. There are also bras and panties hanging from a clothes line across the room. Kurupt and Toni’s room is full of volcanoes and fire.
Hazel and De’von’s room is full of pictures of her with De’von a distant blurry figure in the background and money gold toys throughout the room. Phaedra and Medina’s room is all pink and crowns and broken mirrors, broken tiaras and cracked walls. Phaedra loves it. But, Medina, not so much. Phaedra definitely got the best room. Because, they don’t really have any issues because they are a fake couple. Vado has a fit because his room is set up as the Baggage claim area in an airport. Dr. Ish comes to talk to them. Camera hungry Medina shows up and interrupts their scene. Because, desperate for attention.
Then Dr. Ish wanders over to Phaedra and Medina’s room where he has brought her a slice of pie in bed. He tells Phaedra not to make her fear of being hurt his problem. It is so weird to me that we are going to pretend these two are a couple. There is zero affection between them at all. It looks to me like this will be a very short season. I predict that Phaedra and Medina will decide to separate on the show. Because, OBVI.