BOSSIP Exclusive: T.I. Says “Rhythm + Flow” Is The Most Genuine Representation Of The Culture In Competition Shows

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T.I. Talks About Executive Producing And Judging “Rhythm + Flow”

Last week Netflix launched the first four episodes of their new hip-hop competition show “Rhythm + Flow”. BOSSIP’s Sr. Director of Content Janeé Bolden sat down with T.I. to talk about the early episodes, filming with Nipsey Hussle and why this show is the most genuine representation of the culture. Check out their interview below:

How is “Rhythm + Flow” different from all the T.V. you’ve done before?

T.I.: Because it’s a hip hop competition show, these shows have been tried and they’ve failed. The attempt has been made and they’ve fallen flat time and time again. This is the greatest culmination of talent ever assembled for a hip hop competition show EVER. And this is the most authentic, most genuine representation of the culture by way of artists ever in a hip hop competition show. It checked all the boxes, it clicked on all cylinders.

The talent, as in the guest judges? Or the competitors?

The legends and the products of the culture that we assembled to select the talent definitely had a high key level to do with it. A level of significance to do with it but I’m talking about the talent itself. These motherfu**as made songs I could hear on the radio. These motherfu**as actually knew how they wanted their art and their images to be.

How did you find the talent?

We combed the streets. We said hey man, anybody want to rap? Meet me HERE. We did that in Chicago, we did that in Atlanta, we did that in New York and we did it in L.A. Out of everybody that showed up we picked the absolute best. I think we ended up with probably 30 out of each city and when we got to LA we narrowed it down to 30. Then 16, then 8. You know what I mean.

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What does it mean to have Nipsey as part of the show?

It’s phenomenal. It’s legendary. That was really just a representation of what this show means. How significant and relevant. How authentic we set out to be. It’s just a clear representation of that.

What was it like working with Cardi on the show?

Cardi is lightning in a bottle, she’s a true epitome of an anomaly, you dig what I’m sayin? She transcends genres, age brackets, orientations, race… She’s a combination of Lil Kim and Tiffany Haddish. She also has a good heart. She really does want to see people win. It broke her heart sometimes to send people home. So I said, ‘Well let me do it.’ To be honest, earnest, true and at the end of the day, it’s gonna take for them to hear a very very harsh reality for them to put this behind them and make it where they need to be. Or for them to start over, regroup, and turn themselves into what they need to be in order to succeed, but patting them on they back, holding them and babying them ain’t gonna get them there no quicker.

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A lot of the artists come from some pretty tough circumstances, did that factor into your decisions at all?

Everybody came from tough circumstances, I mean listen, I done been in this situation before. I didn’t have no kid, but I slept on the floor of the trap with my old lady, not Tamika but my girlfriend at the time, writing raps on a pallet in the corner. I heard No. That didn’t stop me I kept going. That’s how I got here. If I had been so down on my luck and so brokenhearted by rejection during that moment in time and those circumstances I wouldn’t have made it here now and guess what, if I quit then I didn’t deserve it to make it here.

The language is pretty explicit, do you that will deter people from watching with their families?

That’s the culture. Did that stop families from listening to a Snoop Dogg album? Alright then. That’s the culture. You gonna get some ni**as and weed smoke with the culture. It’s gonna come with it. It’s gonna be a little danger. It’s going to be a little off putting because it’s supposed to be, because if not, everybody would be here.

What’s the element that sets it apart from “The Voice,” “American Idol,” “X-Factor” and other shows?

Unapologetic authenticity. We ain’t trying to conform or comply with no rules, no standards and practices, or regulations we just doing us, our way, judging by our standards and using our own barometer.

You executive produced this show, how would you say you put your stamp on it?

We all three of us had executive production credit. I tell you what, the unprecedented release of how it rolled out, four, three and three [episodes]. I raised that point early on. With it being a competition show, if you release it how Netflix traditionally releases shows somebody is going to go to the last episode, find out who won, and spoil it for everybody. They had the back and forth dialogues and arrived to the conclusion. I think me, Chance and Cardi, we all had our critiques and criteria, demands and requests of what we felt it had to be or not be for all of us to be involved and they checked all the boxes.

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Your style is really impeccable, how do you decide when you’re wearing a suit versus a more casual look?

It’s really how I feel. My fashion is a reflection of my energy, how I feel for the day, when I wake up, what I’m in the mood for. It’s like knowing what kind of song I want to make. What kind of energy is flowing through me at the time.

Was ATL your favorite place to film?

There is a lot of talent out of Atlanta, I will say Atlanta probably had the most finalists, after you cut it down from the first 30 Atlanta had the most finalists I think.

Will people be surprised about the winner?

Nope. I think it was anybody’s game, but as you go further into the competition you see everybody has their own strengths. With auditions you go up there kick your best sh*t and then you move on. Then you have a cypher where you have to not be the wackest out of this group of people kicking they sh*t to move on, the wackest people have to go. Then after that it’s a battle and the loser go home. After that we put them with cinematographers and they had to go conceptualize their own video using an original song and the weakest one had to go home. And then after that, they had utilize a sample. We put them with A-list producers and they had to choose a sample and perform that song and the weakest one had to go home. Then after that, we paired them with a-list r&b singers Miguel, Jhene Aiko and Teyana Taylor to do a collab. Then after that, they had to present an award show worthy performance with pyro, LED and so on, and the best one of that is the one who won. So it’s not just about rap, it’s not just about performing, it’s about all the elements you would need from 0 to 100 to get you in the superstar position.

What are you most excited for?
To see the impact that the winner has to move the culture in the future, because I think he — she — they — I think it will be dope to see how they transition into the industry. Also I think the ones who didn’t win, I think there’s gonna be at least two of them who will be like ‘Yeah y’all MFs should have picked me! Aha!’ I’m waiting for that too. I’m prepared.

Three new episodes of “Rhythm + Flow” will arrive on Netflix this Wednesday, October 16th. For more on the show, visit the website HERE.

“This Ain’t ‘The Voice’ Muhf***a!” The Official Trailer For NETFLIX’s Competition Show “Rhythm + Flow” Is Here [VIDEO]

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NETFLIX Trailer For “Rhythm + Flow” Reveals Snippets From Auditions

“This ain’t ‘The Voice’ motherf****” Snoop Dogg exclaims at the end of the trailer for Netflix’s highly anticipated upcoming competition show “Rhythm + Flow.” Netflix just dropped the two minute clip, which features Cardi B, Chance The Rapper and T.I. as judges with guest appearances from a wide array of accomplished artists. Check it out below:

Starting October 9, new episodes of Rhythm + Flow will roll out each Wednesday, with different phases of the competition featured across 10 hour-long episodes:

Week 1 (Wednesday, October 09): The Auditions (episodes 1-4)

Week 2 (Wednesday, October 16): Cyphers, Rap Battles & Music Videos (episodes 5-7)

Week 3 (Wednesday, October 23): Samples, Collaborations & Finale (episodes 8-10)

If you don’t already know how the show works, Rhythm + Flow is Netflix’s first music competition show, featuring judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and Tip “T.I.” Harris who are in search of the next hip hop star . The series brings together industry legends across a multi-city search in hip hop epicenters Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago, to find raw talent and help undiscovered artists pursue their come up.

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The lineup for guest talent is pretty tremendous. Expect appearances from Snoop Dogg, Quavo, Fat Joe, Anderson .Paak, Royce da 5’9,” Nipsey Hussle, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Twista, Lupe Fiasco, Jadakiss, Ebro, Miguel, Teyana Taylor, Jhené Aiko, Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Khaled, Smack, King Los, Sounwave, Hit-Boy, London on da Track, Tay Keith, Denaro Love, Off-the-Wall, Kal Banx, G-Dav, John Legend, DJ Hed, DJ Oreo, DJ Scratch, DJ Holiday, Charm La’Donna and Adam Blackstone.

The show is the result of a team effort by Gaspin Media, Jesse Collins Entertainment, and Get Lifted Film Co, with Jeff Gaspin for Gaspin Media; Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment; Nikki Boella; John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius for Get Lifted Film Co.; Jeff Pollack; Cardi B; Chance the Rapper; and Tip “T.I.” Harris executive producing.

Will you be watching?

Chance The Rapper Talks To “Ellen” About Newborn Marli And Loving His Wife Since He Was 9 [VIDEO]

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Chance The Rapper Visits The Ellen Show

Chance The Rapper made a visit to “The Ellen Show” last week and he shared photos of his family and talked about his newborn baby girl Marli. Check out the video below:

Chance the Rapper described how he fell in love with his wife Kirsten when he was just 9 years old. Plus, he shared details about his new baby daughter Marli, and Ellen had a special gift for Chance to celebrate 1.5 billion Spotify streams of his mixtape “Coloring Book.”

Do you think Chance will be rocking his 4 hat?

UH-OH: Fans React To Chance The Rapper Postponing His Upcoming Tour 5 Days From Kickoff

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Fans React to Chance The Rapper Postponing Upcoming Tour Five Days From Kickoff

Chance The Rapper has had a busy summer.

The rapper finally dropped his highly anticipated debut album, announced a new tour, filmed a new judge-style television show for Netflix called Rhythm & Flow, and most recently, he welcomed a new baby girl into the world. Of course, these are all great things to have on your calendar, but one of those seems to have come at the wrong time for Chance: his upcoming North American tour.

The Chicago native took to his Instagram page to make the announcement that his tour, which was scheduled to start in only a few days, was going to be postponed. This news comes directly following the announcement that his wife gave birth to their second child together.

“I thought it over for the past week and I’ve decided to push back my tour. This year has been one of the greatest of my life; Marriage, new baby, first album etc. But with it being so eventful it has also been very strenuous having to divide my time and energy between family and work. When Kensli was born, I went on tour 2 weeks later and missed some of the most important milestones in her life, but more importantly I was absent when her mother needed me the most” he explained  in his caption.

Chance went on to explain that the new tour will kicks off at the top of next year, on January 15. He also reminds those fans lucky enough to have tickets for his 9/28 show in Chicago, Life Is Beautiful Festival, iHeart Music Fest, and Miami Beach Pop Up Fest that he’ll still be in attendance.

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I thought it over for the past week and I’ve decided to push back my tour. This year has been one of the greatest of my life; Marriage, new baby, first album etc. But with it being so eventful it has also been very strenuous having to divide my time and energy between family and work. When Kensli was born, I went on tour 2 weeks later and missed some of the most important milestones in her life, but more importantly I was absent when her mother needed me the most. At this point as a husband and father of two I realize that I can’t make that mistake again. I need to be as helpful and available as possible to my wife in these early months of raising Kensli and Marli. I apologize because I know how many people were counting on seeing me soon, but I hope you’ll understand and forgive me in time. Tour kicks off Jan. 15th and you can still get tix or your refund if you are unavailable at chanceraps.com & a few of the shows are still being rescheduled as well so stay tuned. I love you guys AND LITERALLY CANT WAIT FOR U TO WITNESS THIS SHOW 🙏🏾🙏🏾 SIDENOTE: 9/28 CHICAGO AT UNITED CENTER IS STILL ON AS WELL AS “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FEST” “IHEART MUSIC FEST” & “MIAMI BEACH POP FEST”! ❤

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As the old saying goes, “Happy Wife, Happy Life” and leaving to go on tour not even a month after having a new child isn’t exactly the formula for making any wife happy. Glad to see Chance made the right decision to stand by his family, even though fans aren’t exactly happy about it.

On one hand, it’s dope that he postponed the tour to focus on his wife and children–on the other, you really didn’t know you were having a kid around the same time when you announced this tour?

Here’s what some fans had to say about the news:

Litty Like A F’n T*tty: Watch The Teaser For Netflix’s New Hip Hop Series “Rhythm + Flow” [VIDEO]

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Cardi B, T.I. And Chance The Rapper Appear In Teaser For “Rhythm + Flow”

It’s finally here! NETFLIX just dropped the new teaser for the FIRST EVER hip-hop competition show “Rhythm + Flow” where Cardi B, Chance The Rapper and T.I. judge hopefuls looking to be the next big thing. Check it out below:

What did you think? Will you be watching?

Netflix announced the October 9 premiere date for the hip hop competition series Rhythm + Flow by unveiling the teaser during Cardi B’s co-headlining set at the 2019 Made In America Festival. Starting October 9, new episodes of Rhythm + Flow will roll out each Wednesday, with different phases of the competition featured across 10 hour-long episodes:

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Week 1 (Wednesday, October 09): The Auditions (episodes 1-4)

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Week 2 (Wednesday, October 16): Cyphers, Rap Battles & Music Videos (episodes 5-7)

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Week 3 (Wednesday, October 23): Samples, Collaborations & Finale (episodes 8-10)

Show Synopsis:
Global superstars Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and Tip “T.I.” Harris search for the next hip hop sensation in Rhythm + Flow,
Netflix’s first music competition show. The series brings together industry legends across a multi-city search in hip hop epicenters Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago, to find raw talent and help undiscovered artists pursue their come up.

The Breakfast Club: Chance The Rapper Talks Negative Reaction To Album, Marriage, And Whether He’d Perform At Super Bowl [Video]

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The Breakfast Club Interviews Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper was front and center on the world’s most dangerous morning show as The Breakfast Club peppers the Chicago MC/husband/father about his new album, The Big Day, his marriage, his (former) cigarette habit, and whether or not he would perform at the Super Bowl.

Despite how you may feel about him, Chance gives some very thoughtful answers.

Press play on it below.

Oooh I Love My Wife: Chance The Happily Married Rapper Addresses Spouseless Serpents Slandering ‘The Big Day’ Album

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Chance The Rapper Sees ‘The Big Day’ Critics And Makes A Statement

Chance the Rapper is PROUD of his wife and children, and he wants to know — what’s so wrong with that?!

Ever since Chance’s “The Big Day” album dropped last week, tweets criticizing him for being a joyfully devoted Christian in his songs started to pour in. Apparently, some day-one fans of the rapper feel like Chance’s raps praising himself for being stand up husband and father were ‘lame’. On almost every record (so we heard), Chance mentions his love for his wife.

He wants to know why people are shaming him into oblivion over it. In a tweet, he wrote, “I’m getting this crazy feeling that people want me to kill myself.”

The rapper clarified that he isn’t having suicidal thoughts, however, that’s how heavy the shame feels from people criticizing the sanctity of his lyrics.

Nonetheless, Chance double downed on his love for his spouse. Haters just made it easier to realize…

We hear you, Chance! And we can agree that some of his album slander was just ruthless. Hit the flip to see it.

Awkward: Chance The Rapper Gets Beat Out By Another Anointed Rapper On Billboard 200 Chart

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Chance The Rapper Takes No. 2 Spot On Billboard 200 Chart

Chance the Rapper is known for his spiritual and gospel infused music and in many cases, his ideas have resulted in success. But now, it seems like his recent debut album The Big Day isn’t receiving the same acclaim.

Along with lukewarm reviews, Chance also couldn’t make the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Chart. ANOTHER Christian-leaning rapper did, however.

According to Billboard, rapper NF scored his second No. 1 album thanks to his release The Search.

The project released on July 26, brought in the equivalent of 130,000 album units in the U.S. in the week ending in August 1.

Chance’s The Big Day came in at number two with 108,000 equivalent album units earned. Eighty thousand of those streams were via streaming, making his release the most streamed of the week. The Bid Day is also Chance’s highest charting album yet.

So Chance does have some wins this week. But considering the buzz he’s built over the years, it’s still surprising that he did’t take the number one spot. His second place might have been avoided with more promotion and single releases before the album dropped. Chance basically just made a random announcement on Jimmy Fallon and that’s how people knew about the album, although he did make mention of it as early as February.

Anywho, Chance is still winning in a lot of ways and maybe the album might gain more steam in the coming weeks…if we can get a single, a music video, anything.

We’ll keep you posted.

Jesus Balks: The Clark Sisters Call Out Kanye West For Failure To Clear Sunday Service Songs

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Kanye West Gets Called Out By The Clark Sisters

Kanye West held his Sunday Service at the Mountain Coachella performance Sunday and alllllll kinds of celebrities were in attendance BUT not everyone was enraptured by his latest act.

Gospel greats, the legendary Clark sisters posted on Instagram noting that they own the rights to the music Ye performed.

BOSSIP spoke with music performance rights specialists who say that Kanye would have to reach out the the Sisters’ publisher for clearance to perform the songs as covers AND the Coachella venue would have to have general performing rights licensing in order for him to perform the music there. So it sounds like Mr. West will be cutting checks soon to the Clark sisters.

Hit the flip for more photos from his performance.

Case Of The Exes: Bow Wow And Erica Mena, G. Herbo, Ari And Gervonta Davis Join B-Day Party For Chance The Rapper And J. Prince Jr.

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Atlanta Strip Club Hosts Celebrity Birthday Party For Chance The Rapper, J Prince Jr.

Chance The Rapper turned up at Allure in Atlanta Monday night for his birthday and a gang of famous faces celebrated with him, including fellow Chicago rapper G Herbo — whose ex Ari Fletcher was also in the building along with her new boo, boxer Gervonta Davis.

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Ari and G. weren’t the only ones being mature either. Bow Wow was spotted turning up with J. Prince Jr. for his G-Day and his ex Erica was ALSO at Allure.

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Looks like Safaree and Taina were the only ones missing from the turn up.

Hit the flip for more photos of the star studded night

Some Sweet Sanctified MC Matrimony-dom: Chance The Rapper Trades I Do’s With Longtime Love Kristen Corley

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Chance The Rapper Weds Kirsten Corley

Congratulations are definitely in order for our favorite 25-year-old Grammy winning Chicago MC Chance the Rapper, who wed the mother of his child, Kirsten Corley Saturday at the Pelican Hill resort in Newport Beach, California.

Chance shared photos from his nuptials on Twitter and Instagram.

E! News reports that the two exchanged vows in front of 150 family members and friends in a ceremony held under a huge rotunda overlooking the ocean.

“The decor was all white, with big arrangements of white roses lining the aisle and scattered white petals where the bride walked down to meet her groom,” an eyewitness told E! News. “The bride, Kirsten, wore a strapless white dress and Chance wore a white tux with a black bow tie. It was a romantic ceremony and a string quartet played as they entered. In the middle of the ceremony, their little daughter Kensli ran up and Chance picked her up and held her. It was very sweet and loving to watch.”

Guests included Kim Kardashian, who wore a colorful dress, husband Kanye West, and mutual friend and comedian Dave Chappelle. Kim and Kanye were the last guests to arrive, the eyewitness said, adding that they “watched the ceremony intently and cheered for the bride and groom at the end of ceremony as they kissed passionately.”

“After the ceremony, Kim and Kanye hung out with Dave Chappelle on the lawn,” the eyewitness continued. “They were all laughing together and having a great time. They posed for photos and Chance came over to chat. They congratulated him and gave him hugs. Kim and Kanye were offered some champagne. Kim passed but Kanye took a glass. Then they walked inside together for the reception. It looked like they were very happy to be there and to see their friend get married. They both never stopped smiling.”

The couple actually legally married prior to their wedding several months ago, the Chicago Tribune reported that Chance and Corley have been legally married since Dec. 27, when they wed in a civil ceremony at the Cook County clerk’s office.

We’re wishing the Bennetts the very best. Such a beautiful family. Hit the flip for photos documenting their wonderful journey in love.

Funny In The Light: Chance The Rapper Denounces “Friends” Accused Of Rape, One Linked To 14-Year-Old R. Kelly Alleged Victim

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Chance The Rapper Denounces Drummers Accused Of Rape, One Connected To R. Kelly

A woman took to Twitter earlier this week to reveal she was allegedly raped by two friends of Chicago rapper Chance The Rapper on separate occasions. Now Chance the Rapper is separating himself from his “associates.” But, not before folks questioned the rapper’s discernment…

On Sunday, @pppermint (Joan Harris) shared in very detailed tweets, that she suffered sexual assault. First from at the hands of Chicago rapper Preston Oshita aka Towkio and another instance of sexual assault involving Chance The Rapper’s drummer Stix.

Harris says she had no intention of sleeping with Towkio but after arriving his apartment, the musician allegedly pressured her into sex. The says he refused to stop after telling him she was pain.

Harris then shared another instance where she was allegedly assaulted by Chance The Rapper’s drummer @StixJams aka Gregory Landfair. Ironically Landfair is the brother to Sparkle’s niece, who has been linked to R. Kelly’s infamous “sex tape.” Harris says the Surviving R. Kelly was triggering, having memories of the drummer allegedly assaulting her. Stixx tried to denounce the allegations in a private DM, which Harris shared below.

Chance the Rapper has denounced the alleged behavior of his friends with a Tweet.

Hit the flip to see how chatter about these allegations are affecting folks on Twitter. It seems like Sparkles Niece, her brother and their father (still linked to R. Kelly) are still out here in the music industry, flicking it up with SZA in one instance on the next page…