Long before it became a mainstream fad, rap had served as its own form of reality TV. Any given album would find an artist presenting a grossly-heightened-but-not-entirely-untrue portrait of an actual life. This was typically accomplished by distilling an average week into a highlight reel of outrageous sex, inebriation, comedy and conflict.
Thus, it was natural for guys like T.I. and Flavor Flav to parlay their rap careers into reality television careers. Living a life of complication; performing like a ham; embracing an exaggerated lifestyle: the hallmarks of reality television come standard on any rap star's resume. Perhaps this is why it only takes one YouTube video of Gunplay cavorting around Six Flags to make an unknown rapper from South Florida a more entertaining reality TV prospect than anyone who's actually on television.