10 People Who Deserve Their Own Reality TV Show Right Now
Reality, as they say, bites. Reality TV, however, does not. Although we know that some of you out there are probably sick and tired of reality TV shows right now, the truth is that reality TV is more popular than ever today. Just take a look at the cover of our new "Sexy Issue" featuring Kandi Burruss, Tamar Braxton, Evelyn Lozada, and Chrissy Lampkin. A few years ago, they probably wouldn't have landed on the cover of VIBE. But, they're such a force in popular culture—and amongst our readers—that we simply could not deny them a cover any longer. After the success of each of their respective shows, it made perfect sense for us to picture them next to the coverline "MEET YOUR NEW ROLE MODELS" on the cover of our new issue.
But, they're obviously not alone. If we really wanted to, we could have put together an entire reality TV issue. There are that many reality TV shows out right now. And yet, in the process of putting together this issue, we couldn't help but think about all of the other people out there right now that don't have their own reality TV show but deserve one. They're interesting. They're engaging. And, above all else, they lead lives that we'd really like to know more about. So, we put together a list of the 10 People Who Deserve Their Own Reality TV Show Right Now. If there are any TV producers out there looking for an idea, give one of these people a yell. Just don't forget where you got the idea.—Chris Yuscavage
The Person: Rapper Birdman
Why He Deserves A Reality TV Show: C'mon: Do we really have to explain this one? Try finding a Birdman interview from the last five years that you haven't liked. The guy is a quote monster. Plus, he's currently trying to build Cash Money Records into a billion-dollar operation, so we're sure there's a ton of behind-the-scenes stuff that he's involved in that would be fascinating. Oh, and he obviously rubs elbows with a ton of important people, too. If no one has at least tried to develop a Birdman reality TV show, we'd be very disappointed. Someone needs to make this happen.
The Person: Video vixen/author Karrine "Superhead" Steffans
Why She Deserves A Reality TV Show: Okay, we'll admit: There's the chance that this concept could be a complete disaster. In fact, there's a very good chance that it would be a complete disaster. But, we think it's worth the risk. Superhead's life seems to involve a bunch of the things that make for great reality TV, including drama, the search for love, and, well, the drama that comes along with the search for love. And, it's clear she's got some strong opinions on things. That'd have the Internets going nuts every week.
The Person: Rapper Joe Budden
Why He Deserves A Reality TV Show: If you still think Joey B is just the "Pump It Up" guy, you're sorely mistaken. Joe dates models, travels the world with his group Slaughterhouse, and—from what we've heard—throws one hell of a pool party. He also proved that his life was interesting enough for reality TV when he launched the Web-based "Joe Budden TV" a few years back. We'll admit that this show probably would have gotten the green light already if he was still with ex-girlfriend Tahiry. But, hey: The guy still leads a pretty interesting life, and we wouldn't mind getting a closer look at it.
The Person: Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Why He Deserves A Reality TV Show: Technically, Money May has had his own reality TV show already. But, it was part of a reality series called 24/7 on HBO and it focused more on his career than his life. Outside of boxing, Mayweather seemingly enjoys gambling, hanging out with 50 Cent, going to strip clubs, spendings lots and lots of cash, and dating ridiculously hot women. Who wouldn't want to sit and watch him do those things for an hour every week? Trust us: He'd turn every single episode into a main event.
The Person: Hot 97 producer/DJ Funkmaster Flex
Why He Deserves A Reality TV Show: Flex already has a little bit of reality TV experience. He used to be part of a show that dealt with his love for cars. But, that's not what we're interested in here. We want to see what goes into making Flex the best radio DJ in New York City. He's the perfect example of a guy who we all feel we know so well because we hear him on the radio every day. And yet, we can't help but think that he's got an entirely different side to him when he's not on the radio.
The Person: Rapper Lil' Kim
Why She Deserves A Reality TV Show: We hate to say this, but we don't see Kim making a successful comeback in the rap game. Maybe we're wrong, but we don't see her revitalizing her career anytime soon. And, part of that is because she's had so much drama in other aspects of her life. So, why not use that to her advantage? Her BET reality show, Countdown to Lockdown, was a success back in 2006. So, maybe she should document the comeback she's been trying to make in order to give us all a better look at the drastic changes that have taken place in her life since then. And, who knows? That could be what she ultimately needs to get her comeback back on course.
The Person: Def Jam President Joie Manda
Why He Deserves A Reality TV Show: Last year, Def Jam celebrated 25 years in the game. But, with the addition of Joey I.E. to the roster earlier this year, things just got a whole lot more interesting with the company. They've got a handful of acts who joined the label recently—everyone from Amber Rose and Asher Roth to 2 Chainz and Big K.R.I.T.—and it'd be interesting to see how the new President handles his new responsibilities. It has to be stressful (and dramatic!) to be at the helm of a record label, especially one as prestigious as Def Jam, right now. That'd make for must-see TV.
The Person: Tattoo artist Mark "Mister Cartoon" Machado
Why He Deserves A Reality TV Show: Is it just us—or are tattoos out of control right now when it comes to rappers? Mister Cartoon is widely considered to be the original hip-hop tattoo artist, so he could help shed some light on how rap music and tattoos are interconnected. Plus, we're betting he still has a lot of rappers come through his shop to get tatted up. So, it'd be interesting to see how he handles his biz.
The Person: Celebrity photographer Johnny Nunez
Why He Deserves A Reality TV Show: These days, there are tons of photographers snapping rappers at parties and other events. But, once upon a time, Johnny stood alone. As a result, he's got hundreds of connections and often gets exclusive access to the stars. So, turning the camera around on him would give reality TV viewers a look into the life of someone who makes a living taking pictures of famous people. It'd also give us great access to the things Johnny gets to experience when he's on duty. Who wouldn't want to see that?
The Person: Video vixen Rosa Acosta
Why She Deserves A Reality TV Show: It seems like Rosa is at a crossroads in her career right now. On the one hand, she's a little too famous to simply be labeled a "video vixen." On the other, she's trying to find out what her next step should be. There have been a lot of girls who have come before her who have been in this same position and failed. So, her reality TV show would need to focus on what she's doing to push her career forward. At the same time, she kicks it with a lot of beautiful women like Amber Rose, so there'd be no shortage of star power and drama on her show. If the four ladies on the cover of the new VIBE have proven anything, it's that the world will never get tired of watching beautiful women live their lives.