Warning: the above video contains content that Inquisitr readers may find disturbing. Please proceed at your own risk.
Reality star Soulja Boy, whose career in rap has been laughable since 2007’s “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” has now crossed the line from irrelevant to irrational.
On Friday afternoon, Aug. 19, TMZ reported that the Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood player who was born DeAndre Cortez Way, took to his Instagram to openly threaten his former girlfriend/LHHH co-star Nia Riley with gun violence. In the video, which has since been deleted from his account, but not from the gossip site, Soulja brandishes the weapon and tells Riley’s newest love interest to stop antagonizing him before he finds “some shooters outside [of his] house.”
“F*** you and f*** Nia Riley,” he states, while pointing the barrel of the pistol directly at the camera lens. “I’ll kill y’all b***h a** n***as.”
Riley has since responded to her former lover’s threat and ironically revealed that she isn’t dating anyone, but that’s neither here nor there at this point.
For what seems like the umpteenth time just this year, we are witnessing a Love and Hip Hop star — if you can even refer to them as such — go way too above-and-beyond with the insanity that they usually reserve solely for VH1 cameras. Back in June, rumors insisted that one of the messiest groups connected to the series, specifically, the cast of Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta, were actually all set to be fired after show creator Mona Scott-Young was said to have tired of their antics both on- and off-screen.
Unfortunately, one of the least problematic of the bunch, cast mate Mimi Faust, would ultimately confirm to Radio TV Talk that it wasn’t true.
“This stuff just makes me giggle,” Faust said, adding that it would make no sense for Scott-Young or VH1 to get rid of everyone connected to LHHATL. Except actually, it would make perfect sense.
In fact, the just-ceased season of Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta progressed so violently that show producers couldn’t even film their normal reunion show (cast mates were instead separated and interviewed in smaller groups). Furthermore, two LHHATL co-stars, couple Stevie J. and Joseline Hernandez, are currently embroiled in a legal battle that involves a question of paternity, drug issues, and possible child molestation, which was noted here on the Inquisitr.
These extreme, real-life moments, and so many others, go well beyond the line of what makes for good reality TV, and yet, throughout the five years that the franchise that has been on-air, only one person in Love and Hip Hop history has been sent packing over a truly serious issue.
That individual, record producer Yung Berg (born Christian Ward), was alleged to have viciously beaten his then-girlfriend, current Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood member Masika Tucker, following the conclusion of the first season reunion back in 2014.
“Based on the severity of the allegations against Yung Berg,” the network remarked in a post after the incident, “VH1 is terminating its relationship with him in connection with Love [and] Hip Hop: Hollywood, effective immediately.” Tucker has since returned to the show after taking a year off.
There are also the many child support cases against several men of the Love and Hip Hop franchise including Rich Dollaz (New York), Lil Scrappy (Atlanta), and the aforementioned Stevie J., the acts of domestic violence between recent newlyweds Ray-J and Princess Love of the Hollywood increment, and the shocking video of “Puerto Rican Princess” Hernandez rapping vulgarly while high on Molly (that clip also loaned proof to several Atlanta cast mates beliefs that both she and Stevie were hardcore drug users).
Warning: the following video contains graphic content.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, a tip that has yet to be broken off by either Scott-Young or VH1, despite how jagged it truly is. So, what exactly will it take for someone like Soulja Boy to be dismissed from Love and Hip Hop? No one really knows for sure, and that’s bothersome, but maybe it’s time for audiences to help out by dismissing Love and Hip Hop from their television viewing experiences. This isn’t entertaining anymore, people, and it hasn’t been for quite some time.
[Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images]