×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, T.I. to Judge New Netflix Hip-Hop Music Competition Series

Cardi B continues to take over the entertainment world, and now, the chart-topper can add reality television judge to her resume.

Cardi B will serve as a judge on Netflix’s upcoming hip-hop music competition series “Rhythm + Flow,” along with T.I. and Chance the Rapper. They will be joined by additional artists and industry veterans throughout the show.

With the three big names signing on, Netflix has officially given the show the green light, after putting the project into development more than a year ago.

Cardi B, T.I., and Chance the Rapper aren’t the only A-listers involved. Newly minted EGOT winner John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius will serve as an executive producer through Get Lifted Film Company, along with former NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin of Gaspin Media, Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment, Nikki Boella, Jeff Pollack, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. It’s unclear if Legend might appear in any on-camera capacity, though a host has not been named yet.

“Rhythm + Flow” — launching in fall 2019 — is a classic, flashy competition series, but with a twist, focusing specifically on hip-hop music, which has never been at the forefront of any major unscripted music TV competition.

For Netflix, “Rhythm + Flow” marks a continuation in unscripted programming for the company, which has made a major push into non-scripted fare with content like the athletic competition series “Ultimate Beastmaster,” the Emmy-winning “Queer Eye” reboot, docuseries like “Making a Murderer,” an interview series with David Letterman, and many attempts at late-night-type shows hosted by Chelsea Handler, Joel McHale, Michelle Wolf, and most recently, “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj.” But Netflix has never taken a crack at a music competition series, indicating a rare instance where the streaming giant is taking a note from the broadcast networks, which have had long-running, lucrative success with shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice.”

For Cardi B, insiders tell Variety that the rapper has been in talks with Netflix for quite some time regarding the show. Her involvement was made possible because of a relatively quick shooting schedule that won’t require too much time for the in-demand star — who, according to insiders, is getting a hefty seven-figure paycheck to serve as a judge for the 10 hourlong episodes.

Auditions will begin this fall across the U.S., including in the judges’ hometowns of Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. Local rappers from each audition city will serve as guest judges.

More Music

  • Best Motown Songs of All Time:

    The 60 Greatest Motown Songs of All Time

    It is difficult to think of a more impossible task than attempting to rate the 60 all-time greatest Motown songs. Founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy, not only has the label — originally a small independent out of Detroit — spawned more classics in the 60 years since its launch than many corporate-giant-owned major record [...]

  • Kanye West Surprises at Kid Cudi

    Kanye West Joins Kid Cudi for Surprise Coachella Set

    After a lackluster weekend one performance, Kid Cudi brought out the big guns — or gun, singular — for his weekend two set. Everyone’s problematic fave Kanye West made a “surprise” appearance at the very start of Cudi’s closing Sahara tent set, riling up the crowd with an opening performance of “Father Stretch My Hands, [...]

  • Brandi Carlile61st Annual Grammy Awards, Show,

    Brandi Carlile Takes Dave Grohl Busking in Seattle (Watch)

    Not all the surprise collaborations happened at Coachella this weekend. Seattle’s foremost male and female musical exports, Brandi Carlile and Dave Grohl, teamed up for a mini-set Saturday afternoon in their hometown, setting up shop as buskers in front of the popular shopping site Pike Place Market. Unlike most of weekend 2 of Coachella, this [...]

  • FX's 'Snowfall' Panel TCA Winter Press

    John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

    UPDATED with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke. Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg. The stroke has been characterized by doctors as [...]

  • Childish Gambino Concert Review

    Chance the Rapper Appears at Childish Gambino's Weekend Two Coachella Set

    Though Childish Gambino’s weekend two Coachella set didn’t vary too much from his electrifying first one, it did feature a new but familiar face. When Gambino popped backstage during a band feature, accompanied by the cameramen that made his set in part like watching a concert film on a massive screen, Grammy winning musician Chance [...]

  • Marketing Guru Sour Matt Brings Cannabis,

    A 4/20 Special: Sour Matt on Bringing Cannabis, Hip-Hop and Branding Together

    Sour Matt might be one of the most mysterious yet well-respected figures in the cannabis industry, as well as a growing force in the music business with which it intersects. With more than 100,000 followers on Instagram alone, he describes himself as “someone who likes to connect the dots, working with other creatives to build [...]

  • Jim Jarmusch in 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    Film Review: 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    “Carmine Street Guitars” is a one-of-a-kind documentary that exudes a gentle, homespun magic. It’s a no-fuss, 80-minute-long portrait of Rick Kelly, who builds and sells custom guitars out of a modest storefront on Carmine Street in New York’s Greenwich Village, and the film touches on obsessions that have been popping up, like fragrant weeds, in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content