The 'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' Glossary You Need to Understand 'Reality Slang'
By Tamara Palmer
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta is back to snatch the
drama queen crown of reality television. It’s the highest rated edition of the
popular VH1 franchise (others are set in New York and Hollywood) that examines
the unpredictabilities of relationships and trying to make it in the hip-hop
world. Season six promises to be an action-packed ride complete with family scandals,
friend betrayals and slick slang that you may not understand without a lyrical
For a show often accused of being scripted, some of the most
potentially juicy moments this season seem too hard to fake. As the season
opens, we’re catching the last few months of former stripper Joseline
Hernandez’s controversial pregnancy and waiting for the big reveal -- is the
father of her child Bonnie Bella (born Dec. 28) her former partner in crime,
music producer Stevie J, or is it quirky Atlanta rapper Young Dro? Looks like
the courts get involved, so you know it’ll be messy.
If that wasn’t enough baby mama drama, a shocking turn of
events has found rapper Rasheeda Frost hearing rumors that her longtime husband
and business partner Kirk Frost may have fathered a child out of wedlock -- and moved the young mother into their building. Hello, where they do that
at? Meanwhile, it’s rocky times for rappers Lil Scrappy, who’s breaking up
with his ride-or-die fiancé Bambi, and Waka Flocka Flame, who is missing the
life he had with his estranged wife, Tammy Rivera, and her daughter Charlie and
wants to put the family back together.
With new cast members and high levels of unpredictability,
there’s so much more to come. As you brace for plenty of twists on the premiere
of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta on March 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on VH1, it’s time
to get to know some of the cast’s more creative terms and phrases so you won’t
miss a beat.
The A/A-Town: The fair city of Atlanta, where our
Beefcake: Womanizer Stevie J’s pet term for his, um,
Dime/dimepiece: An attractive, shapely woman; see
cast member Jessica Dime aka Dimepiece
FILA: A song that rapper and cast member Lil Scrappy
and his former producer Lil Jon released in 2010, an acronym for “Forever I
Good guy: Stevie J’s frequent descriptor of himself
in the third person
In that order: Phrase used by Lil Scrappy’s feisty
mother, known as Momma Dee, to emphasize her priorities. It’s also the name of
the catchy dance song that her cousin and fellow castmate Yung Joc wrote for
Molly the Maid: Joseline Hernandez’s derisive
nickname for castmate Mimi Faust (who used to date her on-again, off-again man
Stevie J). Mimi has long owned a cleaning service in Atlanta called Keep It
On the bus: If you’re dating or hooking up with
Stevie J, he considers you on the bus, which implies he’s got a lot of
room for guests.
Pregnito: Stevie J’s made-up word for pregnant
Puerto Rican Princess: aka Ms. Joseline Hernandez
Put them paws on him: Lil Scrappy’s call to fight,
first used after he heard that Stevie J called the mother of his child a bitch
Ratchet: Outrageously uncivilized behavior
Rat face: When Stevie J scrunches up his face to
exaggerate a villainous moment of drama
Reality slang: While giving a deposition in a lawsuit
brought by former castmate Althea Eaton, who accused Joseline Hernandez of
hitting her at the taping of the season three reunion show, Joseline explained
that reality slang is “talking for the sake of TV, [to] make it look better.”
Scrappy lingo: Lil Scrappy’s slanguage, which includes adding the suffix of “iz-ni-yee” to the beginning of words, similar to Snoop Dogg’s “izzle” slang. Example: Things becomes thizniyee.
Shawty: A Southern term of affection -- shorty with a drawl
Shenellica Bettencourt: A name that Joseline
Hernandez illegally assumed and was arrested under in her early days as a
stripper (and even used in a casting
video for a failed strip club pilot). Jessica Dime, who worked with
Joseline in a gentlemen’s club in Miami, sometimes calls Joseline by this name
behind her back.
Side chick: A woman who fools around with a man who
is in a relationship with someone else (the “main chick”)
Steebie: Joseline’s heavily accented and infectious
name for Stevie J, a term often used jokingly by his ex-girlfriend Mimi Faust
Tea: Piping hot gossip, best sipped with a pinky in
THOT: An unfortunate but popular acronym that stands
for “that ho over there” and is used to disparage a woman’s sexual behavior.
Not to be confused with real thought.