Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta is the second installment of the Love & Hip Hop reality television franchise. It premiered June 18, 2012 on VH1, and chronicles the lives of several people in Atlanta involved with hip hop music. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta is the highest-rated installment of the Love & Hip Hop franchise. On March 7, 2016, VH1 announced the show's return for a fifth season, which premiered on April 4, 2016.
A Latin-American entertainer and aspiring rapper. Hernandez is the self-professed "Puerto Rican Princess", born and raised on the streets of Puerto Rico. She was discovered by Stevie J while performing as a stripper in Miami under the name Shenellica Bettencourt. The series chronicles her turbulent relationship with Stevie J and his baby's mother Mimi. She identifies as bisexual. She and Stevie initially claimed to have married in 2013. The two starred in their own spin-off show Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood. However, Stevie J admitted in 2016 that the marriage was faked for publicity  and in court documents released later that year, Joseline confirmed they were in a long term relationship and never legally married. The couple's break up was documented in the fifth season. During filming of the fifth season reunion, Hernandez revealed she was pregnant with Stevie's sixth child, Bonnie Bella Jordan, whom she gave birth to on December 28, 2016.
An underground rapper and actress. Rasheeda, full name Rasheeda Buckner-Frost, is the self-professed "Georgia peach" and "queen of crunk", best known for her single "Got That Good (My Bubble Gum)". She is the wife of Kirk Frost, who also acts as her manager. The series chronicles her marital struggles. She has released six independent albums through her husband's company, D-Lo Entertainment. She has two sons by him, Ky and Karter. Her pregnancy with Karter was documented during the second season. In 2015, she opened Pressed, a boutique store in Atlanta, which is featured prominently in the show's fourth and fifth seasons.
An aspiring rapper, singer and entrepreneur. Redd, born Keisha Karlie Lewis, is of Trinidadian ethnicity. She has a daughter, Jasmine. The series focuses on her love life, including her romances with cast members Benzino, Yung Joc, Scrapp DeLeon and Lyfe Jennings. She has a reputation on the show for being "messy" and allegedly lying about her age. Her rivalry with K. Michelle is the focus of the first two seasons, during which she released "Bring It", a diss track aimed at Michelle. The two later reconciled their differences. In the fifth season, she posed for Playboy and began hosting a morning show for Playboy radio.
The mother of Stevie J's daughter, Eva. The series chronicles her struggles co-parenting with Stevie and her bitter feud with his lover, Joseline. Faust, born Oluremi James, owns a cleaning service and throughout the show has embarked on a career as an entertainment manager, an author and an interior designer. She enters a relationship with Nikko London in the second season. Their allegedly leaked, highly publicised sex tape, distributed by Vivid Entertainment, becomes the main focus of the third and fourth seasons. Although she does not identify as a lesbian or bisexual, she enters a relationship with a trans man, Chris, in the fifth season, and reveals in the fifth season reunion that she has been dating a woman.
Tammy Rivera (Season 3, 5–present) (supporting cast member in season 4)
The long time girlfriend of Waka Flocka Flame, who she marries during the course of the show. Rivera is a fashion designer and stylist of mixed African-American and Nicaraguan ethnicity. She has a daughter, Charlie, from a previous relationship. The series chronicles her struggles with Waka's fidelity issues. After a violent altercation with Joseline at third season reunion, she is absent from the show, eventually returning as a supporting cast member towards the end of the fourth season to confront Kalenna about her behavior towards her mother-in-law Deb. She rejoins the main cast in the fifth season. Rivera and Waka announced their separated during filming in 2016, although they later reconciled.
Stevie J (Season 4–present) (supporting cast member in seasons 1-3)
A Grammy Award-winning record producer, singer and songwriter. Jordan, full name Steven Adrian Jordon, rose to fame in the 1990s as an in-house producer and writer for Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records. He has six children, including daughters with Mimi and Joseline. The series chronicles the turbulent love triangle between him, Mimi and Joseline. The show's fourth season focuses on his legal issues including a stint in rehab. He went on to star in the spin-off shows Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood and Leave It To Stevie.
The mother of Lil Scrappy's daughter, Emani. The series chronicled her on-and-off-again relationship with Scrappy, including a brief engagement and disputes over child support payments. In the third season, she entered a brief relationship with model O'Shea Russell.
K. Michelle (Seasons 1–2, 5) (guest star in seasons 3-4)
A R&B/soul singer and songwriter. Michelle, full name Kimberly Michelle Pate, was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She has a son, Chase. The series chronicled her return to the music industry after several personal struggles, including an abusive relationship with music executive Mickey "Memphitz" Wright. Since the show began airing, she has released three albums through Atlantic Records and starred in her own spin-off K. Michelle: My Life. The fifth season documents her return to Atlanta. Despite being credited as a main cast member, she appears infrequently in the fifth season.
Traci Steele (Season 2) (cameo appearance in season 4)
A DJ and radio personality. She has a son, Little Drew. The second season chronicles her troubles with her son's father, DJ Babey Drew, as well as her brief relationship with fitness model DaShaun Johnson.
The series has a large ensemble cast. The lead cast members appear in the opening credits, while other cast members are credited as "additional cast" or "featured" in the show's credits. These cast members appear in green screen confessional interview segments and (for the most part) have the same amount of screen time and storyline focus as the show's main cast members.
The father of Erica's daughter. Scrappy, real name Darryl Kevin Richardson II, is a rapper and self-professed "Prince of the South", best known for his hit single "Money In The Bank". The series chronicles his love life, including his on-again, off-again relationships with Erica and Bambi. Through the course of the show, he also pursues romances with Shay, Erica Pinkett, Betty Idol and Jessica Dime. The second season focuses on his legal issues, including a stint in rehab for marijuana addiction. He proposes to Bambi in the fifth season finale and the two are engaged. He appears in a supporting role in the spin-off show Leave It To Stevie.
Ariane Davis (Season 1–present)
Mimi's best friend. Davis is a bartender and an aspiring singer. She comes out as a lesbian during the second season and enters a relationship with DJ Toni K.
Lil Scrappy's mother. Dee, real name Deborah Gaither Bryant, is a former pimp and drug dealer who ran a brothel for ten years under the name "Lady Dee". In addition to Scrappy, she has a daughter, Jasmine, and is also the cousin of Yung Joc. During the show, she has embarked on a music career, releasing the singles "I Deserve" in 2014 and "In That Order" in 2016. In the fourth season, she reunites with her ex-husband Ernest and remarries him in the finale.
Kirk Frost (Season 1–present)
Rasheeda's husband and manager. He is the CEO of D-Lo Entertainment. He has six children, including cast member Kelsie as well as two sons by Rasheeda and several grandchildren. In the second season, he was filmed cheating on his (then) pregnant wife with two women, a storyline which attracted controversy and criticism from the media, including from rapper Nicki Minaj.
Tammy's longtime boyfriend, whom she married during the course of the show. Waka, real name Juaquin James Malphurs, is a Gangsta rapper, best known for the hit single "No Hands" and his collaborations with Gucci Mane. The third season documents his marital struggles and the loss of his brother, Kayo Redd. In the fifth season, his much-publicized comments about transgender people creates tension between Tammy, D. Smith and Betty Idol.  He and Tammy separate later in the season, due to his infedelity, but the two later reconciled. 
Adiz "Bambi" Benson (Season 3–present) (guest star in season 2)
Lil Scrappy's girlfriend, who he becomes engaged to during the course of the show. Benson, real name Adizia Benson and also known as The Bam, is an urban model, video vixen, aspiring rapper and former cast member of Basketball Wives LA. She grew up in Compton, California. Her on-again, off-again relationship with Scrappy sparks rivalries with several of the female cast members, including Erica Dixon, Erica Pinkett, Betty Idol and Jessica Dime.
Karlie Redd's boyfriend. They break up later in season three, when his infidelity with Khadiyah is revealed. Joc, real name Jasiel Amon Robinson, is a Grammy Award-nominated rapper who has eight children to four different women. He is also the cousin of Momma Dee and Lil Scrappy, with whom he owns the modeling agency Grustle Girlz. The fourth and fifth seasons chronicle his love life, including his relationship with Khadiyah and her feud with his baby mothers as well as his fling with J-Nicks's girlfriend Amber Priddy. He appears in a supporting role in the spin-off show Leave It To Stevie.
Dawn Heflin (Season 3–present) (guest star in season 2)
Joseline's friend and booking agent. Heflin, also known as Dawn Shuntrice, Safari Heflin or Dawn Drennon, is a publicist and entertainment manager from Miami. She has a dramatic falling out with Joseline and Stevie J in the third season over their alleged marriage, although her and Joseline later rekindle their friendship. In the fifth season, it is revealed that while in prison, she shared a cell block with KK. Ever since, she has had an uneasy relationship with the King family. She is set to appear in the spin-off Love & Hip Hop: Miami.
Debra "Deb" Antney (Season 3–present) (guest star in seasons 1-2)
Waka Flocka Flame's mother. Antney is CEO of Mizay Entertainment and acts as an mentor to the other women. The third season documents the death of her son, Kayo Redd, which inspires her advocacy for suicide prevention and anti-bullying.
Jessica Dime (Season 4–present)
Joseline's rival, which stems from their stripper days together. Dime, real name Jessica Chatman and also known as Dimepiece, is an aspiring rapper and performer, born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She moved to Atlanta from Miami, where she worked as a stripper at the King of Diamonds Gentleman's Club. In season four, she briefly takes Mimi on as a manager and clashes with Tiffany Foxx. She appeared as K. Michelle's friend in two episodes of K. Michelle: My Life, however, in the fifth season, they have had a falling out.
Ernest Bryant (Season 4–present)
Momma Dee's ex-husband. She accidentally sent him away to prison for seven years when he was caught with drugs after she called the cops on him for stealing money from Scrappy. After being released from prison, the two rekindle their romance and remarry in the fourth season finale.
Karen "KK" King (Season 5–present)
The mother and manager of Scrapp DeLeon and Sas. King, full name Karen Lynn King, is a longtime friend of Stevie J and her sons call him "uncle". In 2009, her nephew Dolla was shot and killed. In 2012, her and her sons were accused of the kidnapping, assault and attempted murder of her ex-husband. She went on the run and was featured in an episode of America's Most Wanted. While in jail, she shared a cell block with Dawn. KK was later cleared of all charges. During filming of the fifth season in 2016, she was arrested for financial identity fraud, theft and first degree forgery. She is awaiting trial and could face up to three years in prison.
Tommie Lee (Season 5–present)
Scrapp's girlfriend. Lee, real name Atasha Chizaah Jefferson or Latisha Jefferson, is an urban model and aspiring performer. She has two daughters. She has had multiple legal issues in the past and gave birth to one of her daughters while incarcerated. The fifth season chronicles her struggles with addiction and substance abuse as well as her violent rivalries with Tiarra, Karlie and Joseline.
Tiarra Becca (Season 5–present)
The mother of Scrapp DeLeon's son King. Becca, real name Tiarra Rebecca Gwynne, has four other children to different fathers. She works at a financial firm during the day and as a night-club waitress and model at night. The fifth season chronicles her feud with Tommie and her struggles with Scrapp and his mother KK. Later in the season, she pursues a romance with J-Nicks. In the fifth season finale, she reveals she is pregnant with her fifth child and has married her recent boyfriend Brian Shaw.
Kelsie Frost (Season 5–present)
Kirk's daughter. Frost is an aspiring rapper and Rasheeda's employee at her boutique store. The fifth season chronicles her struggles to be taken seriously as an artist by her father and stepmother.
Shirleen Harvell (Season 5–present) (guest star in seasons 2-4)
Rasheeda's mother. She has a strained relationship with her son-in-law Kirk. In the fifth season, she starts working at Rasheeda's boutique store and clashes with Momma Dee.
Sas (Season 5–present)
KK's son and Scrapp's younger brother. Sas, real name Lyndon Ahlik Smith, is a rapper and member of the rap group Da Razkalz Cru. He is Muslim. In 2012, he was accused of the kidnapping, assault and attempted murder of his father. He, along with his mother and brother, were later cleared of all charges. During filming of the fifth season in 2016, he survived a gun shot to the back of the head.
Lil Scrappy's friend. Johnson is an urban model, reality star and former cast member of Flavor of Love and Charm School. In the first season, Shay and Scrappy develop a "friends-with-benefits" relationship, igniting a feud between her and Erica.
Stevie J's best friend. Benzino, real name Raymond Scott, is a rapper and CEO at Hip Hop Weekly Magazine. The series focuses on his love life, including his relationships with Karlie Redd and Althea Heart, who he becomes engaged to during the third season. During the second season, under the name "Zino Grigio", he released "Smashed Da Homie", a diss track aimed at Joseline. During the filming of season three in 2014, Benzino was shot and wounded by his nephew at his mother's funeral. Later, he has a major falling out with both Stevie J and Joseline, leading to a violent altercation at the third season reunion. He was fired after allegedly threatening a producer of the show.
Mimi's boyfriend. London, real name Londell Smith, is a rapper, record producer and personal trainer. During the filming of the third season in 2014, a sex tape featuring Nikko and Mimi was released through Vivid Entertainment. It was initially promoted as a stolen home video, however, the two later admitted that the tape was staged. It is revealed towards the end of season three that Nikko is still legally married. His wife, Margeaux, became a supporting cast member in the show's fourth season. They went on to appear along with Margaux's girlfriend Merike as a "throuple" on WE tv's Marriage Boot Camp.
Erica Pinkett (Season 3) (guest star in season 2)
Lil Scrappy's friend. Her potential romantic interest in Scrappy ignites a feud between her and his girlfriend, Bambi.
Rasheeda's friend. Harper is a singer and former member of Dirty Money. She is the wife of Tony Vick and has three children by him, Meshach, Noah and Savannah (who was born after her time on the show). Noah's birth was documented in the fourth season of the show, after which Kalenna suffered from postpartum depression. She identifies as bisexual and her relationship with a woman, Ashley, was featured in season three.
Althea Heart (Season 3)
Benzino's girlfriend, with whom he gets to engaged to during the course of the series. Heart, real name Althea Eaton and also known as Thi Thi, is an aspiring singer and songwriter. During the third season, it is revealed that she previously dated Stevie J and Nikko. Later, she and Benzino have a major falling out with Stevie J and Joseline, leading to a violent altercation at the third season reunion.
Tony "T." Vick (Seasons 3–4)
Kaleena's husband. Vick is a record producer and club promoter with nine kids to seven baby mothers, along with at least three grandchildren. After his time on the show, he had his tenth child with Kaleena.
Nikko's wife. Simms is a singer, songwriter and visual artist. The fourth season chronicles her attempts to start a career in Atlanta, but because of her connection with Nikko, she ends up clashing with Mimi, Stevie J and Joseline. Later in the season, she reveals her bisexuality and begins dating model Merike Palmiste. She went on to appear with Merike and Nikko as a "throuple" on WE tv's Marriage Boot Camp.
Ashley Nicole (Season 4)
A singer under Kirk Frost's management. She clashes with Rasheeda, who suspects her of sleeping with her husband. It is later revealed that she is a lesbian with a girlfriend.
Khadiyah Lewis (Season 4) (guest star in season 3)
Yung Joc's assistant and real estate agent. During season three, it is revealed that she is dating Joc behind Karlie's back. In season four, she becomes his official girlfriend, igniting a rivalry with his four baby mothers.
Sina Bina (Season 4)
One of Yung Joc's baby mothers. She becomes Khadiyah's main rival throughout the fourth season.
Mimi's potential client. Foxx is a rapper, known as Lil' Kim's protege. She is briefly managed by Mimi, igniting a rivalry with Jessica Dime.
PreMadonna (Season 4)
A fashion designer and entrepreneur. She is the owner of the Waist Gang Society waist trainers, popularised by Kim Kardashian and Blac Chyna. She later appears with her partner Buck Thomas in the ninth season of WE tv's Marriage Boot Camp. Both are set to appear in the spin-off Love & Hip Hop: Miami.
Scrapp DeLeon (Season 5) (cameo appearance in season 3)
KK's oldest son. Scrapp, real name Will Cortez Robinson, is a rapper and member of the rap group Da Razkalz Cru. He is Muslim. In 2009, he witnessed the shooting death of his cousin Dolla. In 2012, he was accused of the kidnapping, assault and attempted murder of his stepfather. He, along with his mother and brother, were later cleared of all charges. The fifth season of the series chronicles the love triangle between him, Tommie and his baby's mother Tiarra. He later has a fling with Karlie. During filming, Scrapp surrendered himself into custody for a marijuana trafficking charge and as of 2016, he is incarcerated.
Chris Gould (Season 5)
Mimi's girlfriend. Chris was born a woman but identifies as genderqueer and a "touch-me-not". Chris breaks up with Mimi halfway through the fifth season, unable to deal with the drama in her life. Chris returns later in the season, revealing his desire to fully transition to male and pursue top surgery.
D. Smith (Season 5)
A Grammy Award-winning record producer and model. She is a trans woman. In the fifth season, she clashes with Tammy over Waka Flocka Flame's comments about transgendered people and later ignites feuds with Deb, Bambi and Scrappy.
Betty Idol (Season 5)
D. Smith's best friend. She is a singer of Colombian and African American ethnicity, mostly known for singing the hook on Rick Ross' single "Thug Cry". During the fifth season, she pursues a romance with Scrappy and clashes with Bambi and Tammy.
Karlie's boyfriend. They break up later in season five, allegedly due to her infidelity. It is later revealed that he got another woman pregnant and then got married to a third woman behind her back while they were together. Lyfe is an R&B/soul, singer and songwriter.
J-Nicks (Season 5)
Yung Joc's friend. He is a DJ and radio personality who rose to fame as a host of BET's Rap City. He works as a weekday radio DJ for Hot 107.9. In the fifth season, he pursues a romance with Tiarra, despite being in a relationship with Amber.
Amber Priddy (Season 5)
J-Nicks' girlfriend. She is a stripper and urban model from North Carolina. In the fifth season, she pursues a romance with Yung Joc behind J-Nicks' back.