Netflix’s ‘Rhythm + Flow’ Is Genius And Here Are The Show’s Best Moments…So Far
Since the early 2000s reality television has become both a guilty pleasure for many of us, and a great way to take a peek into culture. We all love stories of winners and losers, we smile with their success and being brutally honest we also love to see them haciendo el oso. But reality shows, specially if they involve a competition, can also provide a glimpse into the everyday struggles of common people in a particular day and age. We equally enjoy watching celebrities doing all the things that us mere mortals do.
Well, our new obsession is the Netflix show Rhythm +Flow, in which hip hop legends Chance The Rapper, T.I. and our very own one-woman-extravaganza Cardi B scrapped the whole of the United States to find the next big thing in the business. They held auditions in the urban culture epicenters of Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York, where contestants from all walks offer an insight into their lives and their art. Of course, because this is 2019 America, these lives involve street violence, systematic racism, and the struggles of the 99%
Throughout the show we see Black, Brown and white contestants who have been dealt a tricky hand in life and try to use their experience and lyrical dexterity to find themselves and impress the judges. Most of the episodes have been released, but in a new Netflix tactic they are being made available little by little.
No spoilers, we promise!
When our queen Cardi B gave us just a little too much information on her sex life.
At one point in the New York auditions she tells a contestant: “Am I gonna think of you when I am getting f’d tonight? No”. Wow, rough. But one of the reasons why we love Cardi B is because she owns her sexuality, right? So let’s not get all moralinos on her. Yeah, good art gotta get our juices flowing, sometimes literally!
When contestant Beanz rapped about violence and racism and left us con la boca abierta.
She might look harmless, but Beanz totally explodes once the beat begins. Her family has suffered, like many, from violence and discrimination. She totally owns the stage and makes you root for her as she battles her way in a male dominated arena (yes, for every Cardi B there are dozens of Chance The Rapper, hip hop remains a boy’s club. Church).
When contestant Londynn B first served us those afro futuristic vibes
Seriously, besides her undeniable rapping ability she reminds us of Iman and Grace Jones, powerful and unique representatives of African beauty and female class and creativity. Yes, with a hint of androgynous feels.
When we realize that rapper and community leader Nipsey Hussle, who helped during the auditions, died before the show was released.
In the show we get to know Nipsey Hussle, a true legend from South Los Angeles. And we realize soon that he is no longer with us and he died before he could see the show. Hussle, who was a community leader and was recognized for his efforts by Barack Obama, was shot dead on March 31, 2019. His service was held at Staple Center and huge crowds turned up to honor him. He was going to meet with the LAPD just a few days after his death. In the meeting, they would look for joint solutions to prevent gang violence.
When contestant Big Mouf Bo delivered some savage lines and taught us that looks can be deceiving.
The Chicago Tribune published an article on the local talent showcased in the Netflix production, singling out this amazing and lyrical rapper: “Bo’s outstanding preliminary performance sounds as much like slam poetry as it does a rap verse, a natural result of her background”. We just know that if she doesn’t make it as a rapper, she could be the next rising talent in Black poetry.
When Jakob Campbell tells his life story and breaks our hearts.
This Atlanta young man lives in a precarious situation with his mom: they share a one bedroom apartment (he sleeps on the couch) and work odd jobs to survive. They are now free from an abusive man who used to beat her and verbally abuse him. Jakob looks like a nice, gentle young man… until he is in front of the mic and he unleashes his anger. Just wow.
When Snoop Dog is in da house!
Let’s be honest: if we think about hip hop in Los Angeles, Snoop Dog’s face, verbal gymnastics and cool stoner persona comes to mind. And well, the Los Angeles auditions wouldn’t be complete without him. It is lovely to see him being nice to the contestants as you know he genuinely wants them to succeed.
When Flawless Real Talk became a Latino Eminem
He is from Rhode Island and he can certainly deliver some mad lyrics in a very unique and hard to find combination of aggressiveness and vulnerability. Yes, the combo that turned Eminem into a global superstar. Wanna know more about him?