Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Premiering on Oct. 9, 2019, this Netflix reality series is an evolution of typical singing competitions. “Rhythm and Flow,” Netflix’s first music competition show, hits the big metro areas, in search of the next rap superstar. With the three judges: T.I., Cardi B, and Chance the Rapper, the show takes us on a journey, highlighting what goes on in the rap industry, from songwriting to battling rapping. In a total of ten episodes, “Rhythm and Rhyme” incorporated industry experts to assist in the cultivation of this raw, rap talent. The big names included but are not limited to DJ Khaled, Snoop, Quavo, Miguel, Teyana Taylor, and Jhene Aiko. Contrary to other competition shows, the prize was not a recording contract but a monetary award of $250,000. Setting a new precedent, “Rhythm and Rhyme” is the first music show focused on hip hop music. Netflix allowed this show to be real in the way its music is: unscripted, and uncensored.
I enjoyed the show because I do enjoy rap and competition shows along this baseline.
Not much compares to seeing someone live their passion and gain success in their trade.
I appreciate when artists combine their real-life experiences with their music, rather than rapping about wealth and women. For this reason, although I will not spoil the series, I am satisfied with the result of the show. The reason the show only received 4 stars is because the talent was only recruited from Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. I know those are the cities the judges rep, but there are many more cities that have proven hip hop talent. In the show’s future, “Rhythm and Rhyme” should expand their search where other big artists started, like Baltimore with 2Pac, Detroit with Eminem, Houston with Scarface, St. Louis with Nelly, Virginia Beach with Missy Elliot, or NOLA with Lil Wayne.