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It was once joked that there’s no love or Hip-Hop on VH1’s flagship reality franchise, Love & Hip-Hop. And while a solid argument can be made for that statement, many of the show’s cast members had viable careers before they joined the ratchet ranks.

Ray J and Benzino

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With three iterations of the show in three cities, VH1 is resurrecting and sustaining a few careers while we cringe each week. Take a look at back when Love & Hip-Hop’s stars were A-list and remember them in their pre-ratchet glory.

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