High-profile celebrity Kim Kardashian recently dished out her views on the state of hip-hop and why the rap game will continue striving for years to come.
In Kim K’s perspective, there is a strong connection between rap music and reality television.
“When rap music first came out, people were like, ‘We don’t understand this, what is this, it’s just a fad.’ But rap music is definitely here to stay, and I think reality shows have proven they are as well. But when something is newer, people don’t really understand it.” As more television genres go the way of the analog tube, why shouldn’t there be room to explore the potential of a new family dynamic? “You can see that soap operas aren’t on the air as much anymore. I think reality shows are taking over that genre, but I think the draw to our show is that we are relatable. I get it all the time, people saying, ‘I don’t have any sisters, but you make me feel like I’m part of the family,’ or, ‘I have four sisters and it reminds me of you guys!’ I think it’s just a new world with social media. The interaction I have with my fans and the access is so much fun to me. I love that connection.” (V Magazine)
Recently, rap veteran Ice-T talked to SOHH about people’s infatuation with reality shows and gossip.
“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)
Last month, Dipset’s Cam’ron detailed his disinterest in getting down with reality television.
“We working, but you know, everybody’s kind of doing a lot of different things,” Cam explained in an interview with radio host Jenny Boom Boom. “We probably got about seven, eight joints done but, at the end of the day, let’s say the album is twelve, thirteen songs, we’re gonna do twenty-five and pick the best. We’re not just gonna do thirteen. It’s not coming as fast as people may want it, because eveybody’s got their own thing going on — but it’s coming. … [Will I ever been on ‘Love & Hip Hop New York’ again?] Never. Never. [laughs] Nah, nah, nah, you know I’ll make an appearance here and there, my homegirl Mona is the executive producer of the show. But I’d never put my life on TV like that. They’ve been on me for a while trying to get me to do one, even before VH1 was doing reality shows. MTV’s been trying to get me to do it but nah, I can’t put what I do every day on TV. [laughs]” (“Jenny Boom Boom TV”)
Despite having a girlfriend on “Love & Hip Hop,” New York rapper Fabolous previously said he too would fall back on getting involved on the show.
“I don’t think so,” Fab told radio host Angie Martinez when asked if he would ever appear in “Love & Hip Hop.” “I really went to support [girlfriend] Emily and something she was doing and I guess her show [cameras] were there and of course they took that and put a trailer or something together and put me in the trailer. … It’s just not my cup of tea. It’s one side of what’s going on and I don’t bash it but I’m really not in support of it either. I don’t think it depicts me as I am. It just depicts a one-sided version of what’s really going on. It’s a few different things that I don’t agree with, with the show. Ownership is one of them, there’s no ownership on her side. She’s kind of a piece of somebody else’s show and I’m not with that. I put too many years in business of me working in this industry for me to be a piece of somebody else’s things.” (Hot 97)