20. Making The Band, Season 2 (2002-2004)
From the long walk to Junior’s for cheesecake, to the constant fights between Ness and Freddy P, Diddy’s Making The Band, Season 2 served as the pre-cursor to “reality TV ratchetness.” A story of five struggling rappers and one singer—not only did the MTV series display the inner workings of a label and their talent’s many problems—it also showed us how Diddy ran his tight ship, cutting three band members off the payroll right on the Season Three finale.
19. The Ultimate Hustler, Season 1 (2005)
Dubbed as the black Donald Trump, Damon Dash took a no-holds-barred approach when it came to his Apprentice-styled reality series, BET’s The Ultimate Hustler, which aired in 2005. Though the series only lasted for one season, contestants got great life lessons from Mr. Dash in mastering the art of the hustle. It’s no surprise Dame has practiced what he preached as the former Roc head honcho says he doesn’t need to count anyone’s pockets including former partner Jay.
18. Marrying The Game, Season 1 (2012)
By now we all know The Game got his girl’s back and “All That,” but before reality TV was convinced, viewers got introduced to another facet of his life with on-and-off girlfriend/fiancée Tiffney Cambridge on Marrying the Game. Opening up their relationship to the world on the VH1 reality series—though their journey to marital bliss hasn’t lasted as long as their seasons—viewers got an introduction to the bundle of joy and adorable girl that’s Cali Dream Taylor, Jayceon and Tiffney’s daughter.
17. From G’s To Gents, Season 2 (2009)
Take a G, give him clothes, teach him some etiquette, and the result: RiFF RAFF. Well, at least that’s what culminated from the MTV series From G’s to Gents—the transformation reality show executive produced by Jamie Foxx, starring Fonzworth Bentley. For two seasons, fans got to see who was really up for the challenge of becoming a productive member of society and who’s there just for the (less than) 15 seconds of fame, and the $100,000 prize. Judging from “Let Me Drive,” it’s clear RiFF RAFF didn’t need any of that money.
16. Gotti’s Way, Season 1 (2007-2008)
Before there was another resurrection of Murder Inc., there was family. The ingredients of VH1 reality series Gotti’s Way struck a recipe of hip-hop reality TV gold for the both the network and Irv Gotti—the Murder Inc. Records executive who gave a much-detailed inside look into both the family and work life after his acquittal after money laundering charges in 2005. The show provided an in-depth reality of a mogul/icon’s rise back to the top.