Lil Scrappy has become a staple in the Love & Hip Hop franchise. And although he was always aware of the stigma L&HH and other reality shows hold, he figured it was worth the risk. 

During a new appearance on the Big Facts podcastScrappy revealed he part of why he joined Love & Hip Hop was so he wouldn’t have to rely on music. Explaining how he weighed the pros and cons of joining the show starting around the interview’s 24-minute mark, he said, “I thought about, I was like, ‘Shit, I ain’t even got a rap career right now, so, you know what I’m saying, I don’t even give a fuck.’ … When I say I’m connected with the god that created me, like, he put something in me. He was just, like [Big] Bank said man, ‘Just keep that shit gangster, be yourself, my n***a.’”

Scrappy joined the Love & Hip Hop franchise in 2012, the same year he released his fourth studio album The Gru$tle. Since then, he’s appeared on seven seasons of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop: Miami, waiting till 2018 for his next LP Confident. Through the franchise, fans got to connect with Scrappy’s personality, and his mother, Momma Dee, became a celebrity in her own right. Although the show gave him the financial freedom to attack rap at his own pace and angle, Lil Scrappy admits Love & Hip Hop takes a dramatic toll on its subjects’ lives, particularly in the love department. 

“Especially ’cause they had already told us it ain’t like they were gonna be with me all day, every day. They just gonna want my love life. But even if that—if you’re not careful, it’ll fuck your whole love life up, and it done fucked every last one of mine, just destroyed it.”

Scrappy was able to salvage some of the pieces of his romantic life. In February, he and his wife Adizia “Bambi” Benson revealed they’re expecting their third child together: