Parents' Guide to

ego trip's Miss Rap Supreme

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Reality show offers strong rhymes, rough behavior.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2008
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The series, which is hosted and judged by rap artist MC Search and hit femcee Yo Yo, stresses the fact that it's extremely difficult for women to break into and survive the male-dominated rap music industry. It also offers the contestants a chance to be creative and explore their own life stories by writing and performing rhymes that move away from the violent, swear-filled lyrics that rap and hip-hop music tend to be known for. Female rap icons like Missy Elliott offer criticism and mentorship to build the women as musicians and help them understand the industry's payouts and pitfalls.

Ironically, while the women are learning to survive the business, the competition brings out some pretty rough behavior. Threats of violence are frequent (though actual hitting is prohibited by the show's producers), and the women consistently use strong language (ranging from "bitch" and "dumb ass" to stronger curse words that are bleeped out) while talking and rhyming. Some of their personal stories deal with tough issues like child molestation, abortion, and drug addiction, and there are racial tensions among the contestants. It's an iffy viewing choice for tweens, but it does offer mature teens a chance to learn more about the rap and hip-hop culture, as well as what it takes for women in particular to make it in the industry.

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