The Love and Hip Hop franchise is known for creating controversy and is often criticized for being one of the most staged reality shows of all time. In addition to Hip Hop artists like Jim Jones, Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Scrappy, and Trick Daddy, the series also features R&B artists Ray J, Keyshia Cole, and music producer Stevie J. Additionally, the franchise launched the careers of previously unknown artists like Joseline Hernandez, K. Michelle and Cardi B.
The franchise follows the lives of hip hop and R&B musicians, performers, managers, and record producers residing in various metropolitan areas. The original show, Love & Hip Hop: New York, premiered on March 6, 2011, and Its success spawned spin-offs that are based in Atlanta, Hollywood, and Miami.
Though there’s often more controversy than music making on the show, some pretty successful musicians have been a part of the franchise. These are eight successful artists from the franchise.
8 Spice Is An International Success
Spice has been less successful on the Billboard Hot 100 than her counterparts, but she has achieved success elsewhere. Her controversial 2018 hit “Black Hypocrisy” topped Billboard’s US Reggae Digital chart, her EP Captured, which features the song, also topped the Reggae Albums chart on Billboard.
Her debut album 10 managed to peak at number 6. It features her global hit “Go Down Deh” with veterans Sean Paul and Shaggy, the song has charted in many different countries including India, Romania, Israel and Thailand to name a few.
7 Omarion Before Love And Hip Hop
Omarion was already a successful musician before joining the franchise. He began his career with the boy band ‘B2K’ but later became a solo artist. The singer has two number 1 albums under his belt on the Billboard 200 chart as well as two compilation albums Self Made Vol. 2 and 3 that peaked at number 4 on the chart.
6 Keyshia Cole Has Released Some R&B Classics
Keyshia Cole was also another famous artist before joining Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood in 2017. Her first three albums all sold over one million copies with “Just Like You” and “A Different Me” both reaching number 2 on the Billboard 200 Chart, her debut album “The Way It Is”, peaked at number 6.
Otherwise, Keyshia Cole has had three other top ten albums; her latest album “11:11 Reset” peaked at number 36. Her discography includes classic R&B hits like “Heaven Sent”, “Love” and “I Remember”.
5 K. Michelle Broke Records With Her Debut Album
K. Michelle’s music career has not been smooth sailing, but the Love and Hip Hop alum has seen some success. Her major-label debut album under Atlantic Records hit number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2013. The album was the highest debut on the chart for a female R&B singer since Marsha Ambrosius’ “Late Nights & Early Mornings” also reached No. 2 in March 2001.
4 Ray J Found Success Before The 2000s
Before he joined Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood or even before the Kim Kardashian sex tape scandal, Ray J had already made an impact in the music business. His debut album Everything You Want was released back in 1997 and charted at number 58 on Billboard’s US R&B chart. His next two albums “This Ain’t a Game” and “Raydiation” peaked at 21 and 48 respectively on the Billboard 200, his 2008 album “All I Feel” was his highest charting album, which peaked at number 7 on the chart.
The album featured his smash hit “Sexy Can I” featuring Young Berg which reached number 3 on the Hot 100, his next biggest hit “One Wish”, was released in 2005 and peaked at number 11 on the Hot 100.
3 Trina Debuted A Decade Before LAHH
Trina debuted over a decade before the Love and Hip Hop franchise started. She made her debut in spring 2000 with the single “Da Baddest Bi**h,” which reached the top forty in the United States and topped the US R&B charts. The single came from her album of the same name, which debuted at eleven on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on March 21, 2000.
The RIAA certified the album Gold in November 2000 after it sold 700,000 copies. Trina’s biggest single is “Here We Go”, which features Kelly Rowland, it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also reached number 17 in Finland and New Zealand and number 15 in the UK.
2 Remy Ma Was Locked Up For Six Years But Still Found Success
Remy Ma is one of the most respected female rappers in the industry. With Fat Joe and the late Big Pun, Remy Ma was part of the legendary Terror Squad. She was featured on “Lean Back,” a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit by the hip-hop collective in 2004. Otherwise, the Bronx emcee has had relative success, despite being locked up for six years of her music career.
Her next biggest hit is “All The Way Up”, a collaboration with Fat Joe, French Montana and Infared. The song which peaked at number 27 on the Hot 100 is certified three times platinum by the RIAA. Remy Ma’s lone studio album peaked at number 33 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
1 Cardi B Is The Biggest Artist From The Love And Hip Hop Franchise
Though she was on the show for only two seasons, Cardi B’s impact never let up. Cardi B now has three diamond-certified singles, making her the first female rapper to accomplish such a feat and tying her with Katy Perry for the most diamond-certified songs from a female artist ever.
The Love and Hip Hop: New York alum’s discography includes four Hot 100 number 1s and another 3 top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Her debut album is currently certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With just a few years in the business, Cardi B has already sold over 75 million records.