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Once upon a time long ago, VH1 was an ‘80s basic cable wasteland only good for Jon Secada, Robert Palmer, and Peter Gabriel videos. If you don’t recognize those names, then you already understand why it was such a wasteland.

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Things gradually changed, and a line was drawn in the sand when Mona Scott-Young came along as the executive producer of such shows like the Love & Hip Hop franchise. A number of rappers with waning degrees of popularity used the channel’s focus on younger more “urban” programming to reestablish relevance. Take a look at the stars who resurrected their careers on VH1 shows and see if someone you watch regularly needs to be thanking the Viacom gods.

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