Over their time on-air, The X-Factor, American Idol, and other music competition shows of that sort have featured rappers in spirts with varying degrees of success, but the full extent of Hip-Hop hasn’t truly been felt in that space until Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow. The show was the first competition of its kind to be centered around Hip-Hop and due to its platform, it didn’t need to be censored on the same level that something on television would. The genre and culture have always been rebellious and authentic, so that was necessary. Rather than tying the winner up in a recording contract with hidden clauses, instead, they won $250k. Plus, Cardi B, Chance The Rapper, and T.I. were judges, with guest judges in the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Royce 5’9, and the late great Nipsey Hussle. It was perfect.
The first season of the show took place last year and after weeks of grueling competition, Inglewood, California’s D Smoke was crowned as the winner. If you’re just taking notice and need to get up to speed on things, here’s everything you need to know about him.