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
Jeff Pollack
Nikki Boella
Production companies
  • Gaspin Media
  • Get Lifted Film Company
  • Jesse Collins Entertainment
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)

Rhythm + Flow is a 2019 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]

Rhythm + Flow France[edit]

Netflix released a French version of the show in 2022, named "Nouvelle École" (which translates to New School) in France and was branded "Rhythm + Flow France" in Europe, which consisted of eight episodes. Judges for this spin-off were Marseille based SCH, Paris based Niska and Bruxelles based Shay.


  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.

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