Rhythm + Flow

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Rhythm + Flow
Created by
Directed bySam Wrench
Chance the Rapper
Cardi B
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producersJeff Gaspin
Jesse Collins
John Legend
Mike Jackson
Ty Stiklorius
Jeff Pollack
Nikki Boella
Production companies
  • Gaspin Media
  • Get Lifted Film Company
  • Jesse Collins Entertainment
Original release
ReleaseOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)

Rhythm + Flow is a music reality television series on Netflix which premiered on October 9, 2019.[2][3] It is Netflix's first original music competition program.

In the series, hip-hop artists Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. critique and judge unsigned rappers, who are competing to win a US$250,000 prize. In several episodes, the judges are joined by guest judges, who give the competitors additional feedback.


Rhythm + Flow is the first music competition show developed for Netflix.[4] Because Netflix is not subject to the same censorship regulations as normal broadcast television, competitors were not asked to censor profanity in their lyrics.[1]

Rather than a recording contract, a typical prize in other music competitions, the winner is awarded a US$250,000 cash prize.[1]


  • Cardi B, an American rapper, songwriter, actress and television personality
  • Chance the Rapper, an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and activist
  • T.I., an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, actor, record executive and entrepreneur


Name Result
D Smoke Winner
Flawless Real Talk Runner-Up
Londynn B Third Place
Troyman Fourth Place
Caleb Colossus 5th
Sam Be Yourself 6th
Ali Tomineek 7th
Big Mouf'bo 8th
Old Man Saxon 9th


The first four episodes of Rhythm + Flow were released on October 9, 2019, on Netflix. Three more episodes were released on October 16. The final three were released on October 23.[3] In most Netflix series, all episodes of a season are released at once. Rhythm + Flow uses a more staggered release schedule to approximate the format of a traditional music competition show and build anticipation before the winner is announced.[1]


No. in
TitleGuest judgesOriginal release date [5]
11"Los Angeles Auditions"Snoop Dogg, Anderson .Paak, Nipsey HussleOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)
22"New York Auditions"Fat Joe, JadakissOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)
33"Atlanta Auditions"Killer Mike, Quavo, Big BoiOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)
44"Chicago Auditions"Twista, Royce da 5'9", Lupe FiascoOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)
55"Cyphers"NoneOctober 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)
66"Rap Battles"SmackOctober 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)
77"Music Videos"NoneOctober 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)
88"Samples"DJ KhaledOctober 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)
99"Collaborations"Miguel, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko, Tory Lanez, Teyana TaylorOctober 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)
1010"Finale"Hit-Boy, Tay Keith, London on da Track, SounwaveOctober 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)


Award Year[a] Category Result Ref.
HipHopDX Awards 2019 Best TV Show of the Year Won [6]
51st NAACP Image Awards 2020 Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition Series or Game Show Won [7][circular reference]


Netflix released a French version of the show in June 2022, named "Nouvelle École" (which translates to New School) in France and was branded "Rhythm + Flow France" in Europe, which consisted of a first season of eight episodes. Judges for this spin-off were Marseille based SCH, Paris based Niska and Bruxelles based Shay. The winner of the first season is Fresh LaPeufra, who won by his strong and efficient rap. The single of Fresh from the final “Chop” had a real success in France, reaching 40 million views on YouTube. The show was renewed for a second season in July 2022.[8] The second season, which features the same three judges, also consists of eight episodes that started airing in May 2023.[9]

An Italian adaptation was announced on June 7, 2023.[10] It was released in February 2024, with judges consisted of Fabri Fibra, Geolier, and Rose Villain.


  1. ^ Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


  1. ^ a b c d Wagmeister, Elizabeth (October 9, 2019). "Netflix Experiments in Music Competition Genre With Cardi B's 'Rhythm + Flow'". Variety. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Berman, Judy (October 7, 2019). "Forget The Masked Singer. Netflix's Rhythm + Flow Is the Best Music Competition Show in Years". Time. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Robinson, Joshua (October 8, 2019). "Netflix's New Hip-Hop Series 'Rhythm + Flow' Wants to Find the Best New Rappers in America". Thrillist. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth; Aswad, Jem (October 10, 2019). "Unlike Many Music Competitions, 'Rhythm + Flow' Contestants Aren't Required to Sign Contracts". Variety. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Rhythm + Flow – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "HipHopDX's 2019 Hip Hop Awards - The Best Of Rap, Hip Hop and R&B". HipHopDX. 19 December 2019. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "51st NAACP Image Awards". Wikipedia. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  8. ^ @NetflixFR (July 4, 2022). "Fuck off" (Tweet). Retrieved May 25, 2023 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Rhythm + Flow France (TV Series 2022– ) - IMDb". IMDb.
  10. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (June 7, 2023). "Netflix Announces 'Rhythm + Flow Italy' After Launching Hip Hop Competition in U.S. and France". Variety. Retrieved February 23, 2024.

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