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Rhythm + Flow

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Edgy hip-hop talent competition has cursing, strong lyrics.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The characteristics of a good hip-hop singer are discussed. Becoming a successful hip hop artist requires training, practice, and hard work. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The judges are often blunt and insensitive, but they also give constructive criticism. 

Violence

References to being incarcerated, murder, and other violent acts are made in conversation and in song lyrics. Contestants sometimes refer to difficult situations from which they are trying to rise.

Sex

Lyrics include strong sexual references. Music videos sometimes contain hyper-sexualized, scantily dressed women. 

Language

Curses are a natural part of conversations, including "s--t" and "f--k." The "N" word is also used. 

Consumerism

Spotify is featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to marijuana. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rhythm + Flow is a Netflix hip-hop competition series featuring popular rap and hip-hop artists as well as up-and-coming singers. It’s full of edgy content, ranging from extensive cursing and the use of the "N" word, blunt feedback from judges, and explicit lyrics. Music video footage also features scantily clad women in sexual situations. References to violence are sometimes made in song lyrics, and during brief conversations. A Spotify ​​​​​​live event is a coveted prize.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byRama7799 October 20, 2019

nice but needs supervision

it is nice to watch with supervision of parents it is just a talent show

What's the story?

RHYTHM + FLOW is a Netflix reality competition series that features up and coming hip hop singers vying for a chance at stardom. Chance the Rapper, T.I., and Cardi B. are looking for new talent from their home towns of Chicago, Atlanta, and New York. After a series of lively auditions featuring talent screened by local hip hop celebs, 30 contestants go on to compete in several elimination rounds that include battle rounds, rap cyphers, and creating original songs and music videos. The winner of the competition wins $250K and the opportunity to perform at Spotify’s RapCaviar Live event. 

Is it any good?

This lively talent show offers hip-hop fans an opportunity to get to see and hear some rising talent while enjoying appearances by legends like Snoop Dogg and the late Nipsey Hustle. The judges, particularly Cardi B, add a lot of humor and attitude to the whole experience. There’s lots of edge, though, thanks to explicit lyrics and non-stop cursing, all of which are presented as part of the genre's culture. But the blunt feedback doled out to contestants can be pretty harsh, even though it’s honest.

Meanwhile, the show seems to embrace more mainstream (and marketable) forms of hip hop music, rather than supporting artists whose creative styles are helping the genre evolve by offering something new. Nonetheless, there is no doubt that hip hop fans will be drawn to Rhythm + Flow, and chances are they’ll enjoy most of what they find. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of hip-hop. How has this music genre evolved over time? 

  • What kind of things are the judges of Rhythm + Flow looking for in an artist? Is it looks? A good voice? Or is it the ability to sell music?

TV details

For kids who love competitions

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