Whether you like it or not, hip-hop is prime fodder for reality TV. From rapper-versus-rapper competitions to melodramatic relationship exposés, the inherent drama of the rap world offers a goldmine of opportunities for television producers. With the most recent success of the Love And Hip-Hop series, producers have even less of a reason to avoid turning the cameras on rappers’ real lives.
XXL has decided to explore hip-hop’s history with the television subgenre. From the good, to the bad, to the down-right morally repugnant, here are 17 rappers who found fame and fortune with reality TV.