Rap mogul Irv Gotti's attempt at a comeback and five former boy-band members looking for a second shot at success are among the subjects of six series that are set to premiere on VH1 next year as part of a new music-branded block of programming dubbed VH1's Wild Life.
Other series in the prime-time block, set to launch in the first quarter, will revolve around finding the "next great white rapper" and music biz scion Cisco Adler's band Whitestarr, which is looking to sell its first record, among others.
Brian Graden, president of entertainment at MTV Networks Music Group, noted that the shows all have a common thread running through them.
"One thing that really jumped off the page for me was that so many of them are aspirational, (where the subjects are) looking to have a profile in music or make a mark or a comeback ...Read more
It's been almost 15 years since The Real World first debuted on MTV, and television programming has never been the same. Survivor changed the game again in 2000, and since then, reality TV has been dominating the airwaves, both on network and cable channels. Personally I never got into the whole phenomenon, although Dog the Bounty Hunter is definitely a bad-ass. Regardless, seeing as hip-hop music and imagery has become a huge part of mainstream America, it only makes sense that we now have many rappers getting into the act. This is a breakdown of the key players.
By far the most popular--and controversial--hip-hop figure on TV, Flavor Flav is arguably more famous (and presumably richer) than ever, thanks to his televised antics on a trilogy of VH1 ...Read more