‘Rhythm + Flow’: everything to know about Cardi B, Chance The Rapper and T.I’s new Netflix hip-hop talent show

It's been called "Netflix's answer to X-Factor"

Netflix have announced a new hip-hop talent show hosted by Chance The Rapper, Cardi B and T.I, set to launch later in 2019. The show has already been labelled as the streaming service’s “answer to X Factor as well as “rap’s American Idol.

Here’s everything we know so far.

Does Rhythm + Flow have a release date?

An official release date hasn’t yet been announced but it has been confirmed that Rhythm + Flow will air in 2019, with an autumn premiere date expected.

What’s the premise of Rhythm + Flow?

Rhythm + Flow is Netflix’s first venture into the TV talent show terrain with commentators noting the streaming service’s aims to rival the likes of X Factor, The Voice and American Idol.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series “intends to find and foster undiscovered hip-hop talent in multiple cities”. Along with its hosts “additional artists and industry personalities” will appear to offer their guidance to the contestants.

It’s not yet known whether there will be a public vote involved in the show. As Deadline point out: “Doing music competition series on streaming platforms is inherently difficult as most shows involve live performances and a chance for viewers to vote.”

Who are the judges for Rhythm + Flow?

The three judges have been announced as Cardi B, Chance The Rapper and T.I, all of which have past experience in television.

Before finding fame as a rapper, Cardi was one of the stars of VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York, while T.I is also no stranger to reality television. In 2009, T.I launched his own MTV reality show called T.I.’s Road to Redemption, followed by T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle on VH1 in 2011. Just last year, he appeared in a BET show about entrepreneurs called The Grand Hustle. Chance, meanwhile, guest-hosted Saturday Night Live in 2017 and, last year, played the lead in a movie called Slice.

Chance The Rapper

Do we know who’s hosting Rhythm + Flow?

A host – if there is one – hasn’t yet been announced.

Who’s producing Rhythm + Flow?

Rhythm + Flow is being co-produced by John Legend’s own Get Lifted Film Co, with Legend, Jeff Gaspin, Jesse Collins, Nikki Boella, Jeff Pollack, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, plus the three hosts, all credited as executive producers.

Is there a trailer for Rhythm + Flow?

Not yet.


Cardi B

How many episodes of Rhythm + Flow will there be?

The first season of Rhythm + Flow will consist of 10 hour-long episodes.

How can you audition for Rhythm + Flow?

Auditions for the first season took place in the judges’ hometowns of New York (Cardi B), Atlanta (T.I) and Chicago (Chance The Rapper). If the series gets renewed for a second season, audition information will be available here.

What else has been said about Rhythm + Flow?

Following the show’s announcement, Chance took to social media to say that they’re looking for hip-hop artists that are “unsigned, dedicated and ready”, while Cardi marked the news by writing on Instagram: “DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES??”

In an Instagram video, Cardi B added that she was looking for “that diamond in the rough”. She continued: “I’m looking for somebody that when I’m going to my car I’m gonna remember their music, I’m gonna remember their face, I’m gonna remember their personality. We wanna find you, we wanna discover you.”


Meanwhile, T.I has said that the show will explore “all of the hoods, all the studios, all the nightclubs. Even the barbershops if necessary” to find “the next unreleased, underground hip-hop superstar”. He added: “You’ve never seen a show like this, and with us as judges, the authenticity is gonna be through the roof.”