15. Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, Season 1 (2007-2008)
With now very little drama in the L-B-C, it’s not hard to be Snoop D-O-double-G, Snoop Lion, or father of the year. For two seasons, Snoop’s E! reality series Father Hood showcased the Lion’s great ability, not just as a multifaceted lyricist and actor, but as an all-around, doting and loving father and husband. Fast forward five years, and Snoop’s parental guidance has paid off as the Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus has caught the eye of 15 schools looking into college football scholarships—thanks to Papa Snoop’s time as football coach and dad.
14. Black. White. Season 1 (2006)
Before Ice Cube partnered with Kevin Hart for a Ride Along on a $47.8 million-dollar box office weekend, the N.W.A artist-turned-actor went behind-the-scenes creating and producing the FX reality series Black. White. Teaming up with RJ Cutler, Cube helped families give a much-needed view into the world of another race, opening up their eyes to positive and negative experiences.
13. Ice Loves Coco, Season 1 (2011)
Here’s a topic for Ice-T’s new podcast: Tracy “Ice-T” Marrow and Nicole “Coco” Austin make a great couple…no really, they do. As crazy as their courtship sounds, the controversial rapper turned accomplished actor and his voluptuous vixen wife made us fall in love—not just with Coco’s backside, but with their relationship and mutual respect for each other.
12. 50 Cent: The Money And The Power, Season 1 (2008)
Following the premise of his self-help book The 50th Law, 50 Cent took the literal pieces of his written book to TV with the MTV series 50 Cent: The Money and the Power. Similar to the setup of the The Apprentice and The Ultimate Hustler, the series featured fourteen aspiring moguls competing to win a $100,000 investment from 50 Cent on their business venture. Good idea? Yeah, but not for ratings, as the series aired for one season in 2008—which leaves the question: what did Ryan Mayberry (the winner) do with the money?
11. I Want To Work For Diddy, Season 1 (2008)
If you thought Diddy’s reign in reality TV stopped at Making the Band, that was just the beginning. Taking the cues from The Apprentice, Damon Dash’s Ultimate Hustler, and a bit of Survivor, I Want To Work For Diddy provided a preview to what it would be like to work for Mr. Combs and his empire as an assistant. Along with Kevin Liles, Capricorn Clark and Diddy’s then-manager Phil Robinson as judges, viewers got to see the contestants endure tireless nights, gruesome tasks, and bruised egos by Diddy and his staff.