A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
The judges are often blunt and insensitive, but they also give constructive criticism.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lyrics include strong sexual references. Music videos sometimes contain hyper-sexualized, scantily dressed women.
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Curses are a natural part of conversations, including "s--t" and "f--k." The "N" word is also used.
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Products & Purchases
Spotify is featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few references to marijuana.
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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.
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.
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