OutKast’s Big Boi recently discussed his reluctance to expand his music profile by venturing into the reality television world and what it would take for him to even consider making the jump.
Boi said his personal time with family is the only current escape from media coverage he has.
“They’ve been begging me to do it for years. My family is the only privacy I have right now. I would need to see what kind of light they want to put on me. I don’t want to do TV if it’s a show looking at how much money I got or how rich I am. I also want to control the editing. I’m about making music and spending time with my family. I’ve been in the spotlight so long that I’m looking for something different.” (ESPN)
Last summer, fellow Atlanta rapper and “Love & Hip Hop” cast member Lil Scrappy spoke to SOHH about hip-hop artists swaying away from reality television shows.
“I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t think [it’s rappers being less] camera shy, I just think there’s certain people that let it be known they are super thugs and they are super human and if they were to let people into their life and have them find out that they weren’t super, that they just like them, they probably wouldn’t feel them as much. Whatever they would try to put out there [on store shelves] wouldn’t work, you feel me? Only certain people can be loved for being real. Sometimes people are a little too real, get carried away and so you wouldn’t know.” (SOHH)
West Coast rapper Game said money ultimately persuaded him to consider doing last year’s “Marrying the Game” reality television show.
“We got a good lil’ deal, we got d*mn near a mil, so that’s what really made me do it, it’s that wifey kept complaining about, you know, she’s a school teacher, she makes a good six figures but she wanted some more money, man, so she talked me into doing it and she got her money and didn’t really care about my end. She kept most of the money and left me with about $100 grand. She got about $900 [thousand]. So yeah, that’s how it happened.” (“Jenny Boom Boom TV”)
Recently, rapper-turned-actor Ice-T spoke to SOHH about America’s obsession with reality television.
“One thing about my [‘Ice Loves Coco’] show is we never showed the hype,” Ice told SOHH, defending his reality series’ content amongst its competition. “My show really isn’t about the hype, it’s more like ‘I Love Lucy’ more than anything. My show was an anti-reality show. It’s kind of like watching me play X-Box and some bullsh*t but everybody enjoyed it. The highlight of my show is getting some grease on my shirt from a sandwich. You know? So you don’t really need all that hype. If you’re quality, you don’t need to be throwing drinks at people’s faces and doing all that dumb stunt sh*t. You know? But the world is f*cked up right now. The world cares more about what b*tch is wearing a weave than how motherf*cking much the defense budget is.” (SOHH)