The line between hip hop and reality TV is getting more and more blurry. Off the top of my head I can name a couple of shows that marry this genre and telly. ‘Ice Loves Coco’ follows the love life of rap legend Ice T and his model wife Coco Austin. It was announced that the show was to be canceled earlier in the year but those who are hooked on real life hip hop family drama can always turn to T.I. and Tiny. Their ‘family hustle’ show is now in its fourth season and going strong, the Floyd Mayweather drama aside. T.I. is also said to be crafting another reality/hip hop fusion by the name ‘Sisterhood of Hip-Hop’ which tracks the ups and downs of upcoming female MCs.
Mimi Faust’s antics
Then there is ‘Love & Hip Hop’, also on VH1, which follows the lives and conflicts of women more established in the rap game. Some folks may remember the show more for Mimi Faust’s sex tape antics, but a hip-hop/reality mash up it undoubtedly is. If you’re one to keep count, there are dozens of rap-related reality shows out there, including Dam Dash’s ‘The Ultimate Hustler’ and Diddy’s babies ‘Making the Band’ and ‘I Want To Work for Diddy’.
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One hour of Nelly’s life every week
Now it seems we’re in for yet another hip hop flavored reality show. This time it is St. Louis native Nelly’s life which will be put under a microscope, or camera lens, for our entertainment and office gossip. It appears that some kind of agreement has been reached between the ‘Country Grammar’ star and BET to film and air the unscripted series. So for one hour every week, if all loose ends are tied, you will get to be a fly on the wall as the little scraps between the rapper and his girlfriend and kids unfold and as he handles his boardroom business. Nelly will executive produce his show as well.
Will this be worth rushing home from work for or is this just yet another reality show to heap with all the rest? Time will tell.
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