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Love & Hip Hop

When rappers go too deeply into their love life and appear overly romantic, they pay for it with public criticism, such as Joe Budden’s melodramatic pursuits of his ex and Jim Jones’ attempts at marriage.

In these types of shows, balance is key: rappers have to be one-part bad guy and one-part ladies man, to preserve the macho illusion still pervasive in rap. Rappers are entitled to love,too,  though. And as long as they can engage in relationships that fit the stereotype, their brand is unchanged. Shows like Flavor of Love and The Game’s successful She’s Got Game remain popular because they feature rappers in their usual habitat of club appearances, parties and shows, flanked by large groups of women without fear of judgment. Breaking down and crying about your childhood on Couples Therapy not so much.

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