Music and reality TV have a rather peculiar, but beneficial relationship for artists. Whether its a veteran artist trying to reignite the flame of their once budding career or those whose career is in its nascent stage, reality TV is here to save the day. Or not.
Artists coming along in the 90s had to solely rely on their talent and teams to reach the Billboard charts, and even then there were no guarantees one would blow up. Reality TV has swept in to save the day for musicians who’ve been MIA, but never lost their passion for music. The benefits of reality TV are also evident in singers like the talented K.Michelle who had a record deal and mixtapes way before Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, but her music wasn’t a hit until she was a hit on LHHATL.
And what about the artists with a number of albums under their belts–some even being considered legends–who’ve now crossed over to the drink-slinging, trash-talking, drama filled reality TV pastures? A reality show can be the promotion they need to get people interested again. Others aren’t so lucky despite their re-found fame. It’s a cold world. Here’s 15 musicians who’ve moved on to reality TV for better or for worse.
1. Flavor Flav
Show: Flavor of Love
Aired: January 2006-May 2008
Outcome: Flav was legendary with the political rap group Public Enemy in the late 80s. No one ever thought they’d see the day the man rapping, “Fight the power” would end up rocking gigantic clocks around his neck on national TV while looking for love.
2. Ray J
Show: For the Love of Ray J
Aired: February 2009-February 2010
Outcome: Faithful viewer here. And the bottom line is Ray-J’s unpredictability makes for amazing television. As far as his music is concerned, “I Hit It First” aimed at his ex beau Kim Kardashian is pure comedy, although not quite a chart topper.