Hip-hop stars use reality shows to create new moguls

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By Lucretia Garland

By Lucretia Garland

Reality shows have been taking center stage this year, featuring big time rap artists like Diddy and newcomer 50 Cent.

Curtis Jackson, also known as 50 Cent, has already made his entrance on the big screen in the film “Get Rich or Die Trying,” where he depicted his life story.

Now he is jumping to our smaller, more convenient television screens.

Teaming up with music channel MTV, 50 Cent has stepped into the reality scene in a show titled “The Money and the Power.”

On this show, 50 Cent will share his experiences and be the professor of hustling to the top.

The show features a mix of male and female contestants. The winner whose plan, thought or design makes them valuable to Jackson will receive a $100,000 investment from the artist himself.

Contestants will be put to the test while residing in “Camp Curtis.” They will be quizzed on teamwork and their ability to master the hard-knock life that most people experience on a daily basis.

Sleeping in tents named after the five boroughs of New York City, the 14 personally chosen individuals will have to prove that they have what it takes to be a well-known mogul.

Each contestant will engage in harsh activities and challenges 50 Cent helped to create.

Every week, Jackson will hold a general assessment, asking questions from the previous activity or challenge.

Since every strong mogul has a strong support team behind him, 50 Cent has recruited an artist from his G-Unit label, Tony Yayo, to be an adviser.

In the first episode, the contestants are split into two teams, Team Money and Team Power.

Diddy has also made his entry into the reality show realm.

In the series, “Making the Band,” Diddy becomes the ultimate record producer, making albums for Danity Kane and his most recent creation Day 26.

On the most recent season of the show Diddy flexed his power by kicking out two members of Danity Kane for insubordination.

It just goes to show, you don’t mess with Diddy.

His latest reality show, “I Want to Work for Diddy” has a pretty self-explanatory title.

Contestants try out for the position of being on Diddy’s right hand squad. They will do or say anything to become one of his workers.

Unlike 50 Cent’s show, “I Want to Work for Diddy” has 13 striving competitors, all with the same goal or more importantly, the same soon-to-be boss.

Trying to be Sean Combs’ assistant, each individual pushes through every week, attempting to impress him with something new.

Being the designer of Sean John clothing and entrepreneur of Bad Boy records, Diddy has just enough experience to make anyone’s liver quiver.

Intimidating as it may sound, Diddy has proven to be one of the biggest names in New York and, in most cases, the world.

With hip-hop becoming an international phenomenon, it comes as no surprise that these moguls have expanded their empires to include television.

For those who love reality and the thought of fame and fortune, tune into your cable box for inspiration.

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