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'Rhythm + Flow' Set To Return With DJ Khaled, Ludacris And Latto As Judges

Rhythm + Flow is finally back.

The show made its debut four years ago. But it’s coming back for its second season with new judges: DJ Khaled, Ludacris and Latto. Eminem will also be a special guest who will join the battles from a “surprise location.” More music industry guests will be revealed at a later date, according to Deadline.

Right now, the series is in production for a premiere later in 2024. The series producers Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon left Los Angeles right after the Emmy Awards ceremony on Monday night to fly to Atlanta, which is the main production hub for Season 2 of Rhythm + Flow. The show is also filming in other cities across the states.

“This season features a powerhouse panel of judges, each with a distinct and influential role in hip-hop culture,” the duo said. “In this significant moment for the genre, the focus extends beyond the music alone. We’re seeking unconventional voices and authentic stories that peel back layers and invite fans to immerse themselves in the contestants’ world as we spotlight the continually evolving spirit of hip-hop.”

What is Rhythm + Flow all about? The show features contestants from all around America who are hungry and ready to prove themselves to see if they have the juice to earn the grand prize of $250,000, as well as the title of hip hop’s newest star.

“We are taking things up a notch with a new cast of global hitmakers in our judges and a new pool of undiscovered artists,” Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s VP of nonfiction series, said in a statement. “Hip-hop continues to evolve, so it’ll be thrilling to see Ludacris, Latto and DJ Khaled mentoring contestants during their journeys, along with legendary guest judges like Eminem providing their own brand of insight and advice. We saw this type of life-changing mentorship play out with past contestants whose musical geniuses reached massive audiences across our global platform.”

When the show made its debut on October 9, 2019, it made history as one of the very first reality competition series on streaming and the first music competition. In the first season, there was Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. as judges. The winner that season was D Smoke, who earned Grammy and NAACP nominations. And in the first days of the pandemic in March 2020, Netflix renewed Rhythm + Flow for the second season.

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