Luca Linn keeps a low-profile but her presence is felt throughout her old stomping grounds of New York. Nestled deep in the heart of Canarsie, Brooklyn is a five-block radius that the police have coined Bad Girl Blvd. BGB is the name of the heroin that has infiltrated the streets and has turned a once up and coming middle class neighborhood into a drug den.
The mastermind, Luca, has seen success by allowing underage girls to carry out the most harsh elements of organized crime. But as her empire grows, she realizes the heat is just around the corner and one fateful decision could place her in a fight or flight situation.
As Apple and Kola try to retire from the game, lingering feuds put them back to work. Before they can experience life without tragedy, they both have unfinished business to settle.
Hiding in plain sight while exterminating their enemies, they realize they will never have any peace until they eliminate the man they once called Daddy.
When Mouse starts dating Rico, an up and coming drug dealer from the hood, he promises to finance their music career. Sammy is doubtful, seeing that Mouse is becoming too caught up in her relationship with Rico. The two friends are at odds, and Sammy's biggest fear soon comes to light. Mouse becomes pregnant by Rico, putting their music careers on hold.
As Mouse's belly grows, Rico becomes more absent from her. He loves the street life, constantly leaving Mouse alone in the apartment while he relishes in the attention of other beautiful women. Soon, Sammy gets swept up by Rico's swag and gift of gab, and the two start dating on the down low. The friendship is ruptured when Sammy finds out that she's also pregnant by Rico. Things turn ugly and violent, and the girls end up fighting in the middle of the street.
They realize they have much bigger problems to worry about when Rico is picked up by the feds. Now he's serving a lengthy sentence, and his absence from the streets sparks a deadly war. Mouse and Sammy will have to raise their children alone, surviving by any means necessary.
Worlds collide when a car thief and a self-proclaimed entrepreneur meet. Pearla is a born hustler, and Cash was born to steal. Pearla sets her sights on Cash and motivates him to take his petty crimes to the next level.
Together, the two get money throughout the tri-state, while friends and family want to be upgraded without putting in work. At first, the couple makes it rain in the hood, taking care of those they love, but a hustler always knows when to draw the line.
Suddenly, Pearla proclaims the ATM closed, and a quiet storm begins to brew. When the beggars can't beg anymore and the borrowers can't borrow anymore, friends become enemies. Words and bullets are exchanged, leaving The House that Hustle Built under attack and at risk of collapse.
Detective Charter finds out that the elusive drug kingpin he's been chasing is actually his fiancé, Luca Linn. In a fit of rage he tries to take her life, but Luca recovers and once again reigns over her empire as she expands the Bad Girl product. Luca's still madly in love with Squirrel, but he has a baby mama he won't let go of. Not to be outdone, Luca continues to stir the pot of drama and chaos without realizing she's making new enemies. With a stick-up kid hitting all the stash houses, and bullets whizzing past her head, Luca has to rebuild her heart and Bad Girl, brick by brick.
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