Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta  star, Benzino hosted his Hip Hop Weekly issue release and introduced his fiancée and budding music artist Althea “Thi Thi” Heart at Bar One in Atlanta, Georgia last night to an intimate hand-selected crowd.

Making the occasion even more special, it was Thi Thi’s birthday!

As the Birthday Cake Wines flowed, family, friends and event sponsors, including PoleBlvd.Com, poured in to join the festivities. Among the crowd was LHHATL couple Rasheeda and Kirk as well as Benzino’s father and Thi Thi’s mother.  Stevie J’s dad even made an appearance.  With the help of celebrity jeweler Lucky of the Atlanta-based Lucky Diamonds & Co., Benzino surprised the birthday girl with a pair of diamond earrings to complement the huge engagement ring that everyone finally got a peek at last night. Yet, Althea wasn’t the only one receiving gifts.  Benzino gave the crowd an exclusive listen to Thi Thi’s new music, including her new single, “Ghetto Love” featuring Benzino.  The song received rave reviews and – telling from the couple’s chemistry – they’re sure to be the breakout star couple of this season’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.

“It’s a beautiful thing to celebrate the love of my life. She’s my ride or die! She’s held me down, especially during my recovery. I’m more than happy to return the favor,”  shared Zino.

Althea is a New York native who has had a passion for entertainment from an early age.  Her musical skills have allowed her to work with such notables as legendary hip-hop emcee Foxy Brown and music executive Kevin Liles.  After a brief hiatus, she is excited to return to music by dropping her new single, “Ghetto Love” produced by the prolific Chucky Thompson, the man behind hits for Usher, Faith Evans, Mary J Blige, Nas, Ledisi and more.

Check out a few pictures below from the party:

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 Benzino showing off his new tatoo of Thi Thi much to her delight

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 LHHATL’s Kirk Frost &Rasheeda/Founder of Pole with guest

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 Althea ‘Thi Thi’ Heart showing off her new bling

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 Althea & her mother/Source Hip Hop Weekly Founder Dave Mays and Pole Founder

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 Audiences can catch up with Benzino and Althea when Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta returns to television for its third season on May 5, 2014.

Photo Credits: AskAprilLove