Home TV Series Rhythm + Flow: Season 1, Episode 10 “Finale” [Season Finale] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Rhythm + Flow: Season 1, Episode 10 “Finale” [Season Finale] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

On the season finale, family members are gathered, budgets explode, and the winner of season 1 of Rhythm + Flow is given $250,000 – with no strings attached.

Community Rating: 66.75% (2)


Director(s)Sam Wrench
Air Date10/23/2019

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The First Eliminated: Troyman

The chances of Troyman winning were never that high. While he has been consistent and has shown growth, even set the bar by often going first, he was never talked about as someone who could win. In fact, as much as TI likens him to Will Smith, and Chance says he knows how to talk that talk, Cardi plainly says that while he makes good music, a lot of people make good music just like him. And it is that vibe that probably made him the person in 4th place.

The Second Eliminated: Londynn B

Londynn B presented us with three tracks and a massive performance. One that helps you understand why she is the sole woman who made it this far. However, it was clear when all the judges talked about was the money that could be made that Londynn B wasn’t going to win.

Take note, very little was said about her rapping skills, it was all about her look, how people could relate, and how that could bring in cash. And while money has been a factor that has been a driving force on this show, with them trying to think of every facet needed to be at the top, just having that major one, and just being good with all else, it wasn’t enough.

I mean, T.I made it clear when he said Londynn B needs the right team around her. That comment wasn’t said about anyone else, not even Troyman. So with that in mind, you could tell she wasn’t going to win since this competition has always been geared towards being self-sufficient.

There Can Only Be One: Flawless Real Talk, D Smoke

Cardi B saying: "Oh, God" repeatedly.

Choosing between the two is incredibly hard. Flawless Real Talk has been consistent, has shown range, both in his raps and personality, has an acceptable level of arrogance, and when you add him being a family man and attractive, what else can you ask for? But, the thing is, as much as his worth ethic is respected, him being articulate, and how he presents himself, D Smoke is on some other s***.

How? Well, let’s consider all the attributes Flawless has with being bi-lingual, playing multiple instruments, being a conscious rapper who could have real commercial success in this landscape, and then his vision. I mean, while I enjoy performers who are storytellers, D Smoke was a hard sell to me throughout this whole thing. However, he grows on you, and with his song “Last Supper,” I feel like that is the kind of song where, even if you mostly into mainstream rap, to not at least respect that song would mean this isn’t the genre for you. For whether we’re talking about him playing piano, the catchy hook, the message, and so much more, it’s like, as fly as Flawless Real Talk is, he’ll be fine.

After all, remember one of the best things this show does, beyond provide exposure, is give these contestants multiple opportunities to network. Hence why Tay Keith says he wants to do a tape with Troyman, London on Da Track wants to work with Londynn B again, Sounwave is in awe of D Smoke, and I’m sure Hitboy wouldn’t mind seeing Flawless again. That right there, all those people they are now associated with, that will lead to features, mixtapes, and so much more. Especially since producers, like DJ Khaled, make their own albums and hits and could easily put them on in ways that will make Rhythm + Flow a stepping stone.

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[…] you’d be surprised how much you provide for other people around you.
— Troyman



Troyman & Londynn B’s Relationship

I know this has very little to do with the competition, but considering how isolated everyone seemed, it was so beautiful to see these two bond. Especially on their own time and how their relationship seemed to be beyond peers in this competition. Like, you could imagine them collaborating on a song and having a lifelong friendship.

D Smoke’s Performance

When it came to many of the performances, it felt like something you’ve seen before with a new artist. D Smoke, on the other hand, while The Last Supper has been used by many musicians as a backdrop, between the piano, the song, and just the vibe, it felt less inspired and more him. Like the kind of thing that he has probably been planning since day 1 and was just hoping they’d give him the budget needed to execute it the way he wanted.

The Process Of Elimination Made Sense

D Smoke noting he won.

D Smoke: I won.

Since the beginning, I admittedly stanned Flawless Real Talk since he seemed like the total package. He looked and rapped hard enough for men to respect him, that whole family element made him respectable, he had that appeal that would make it so, if he didn’t have two kids, with one on the way, he could definitely get a whole lot of panties, and he seemed commercial. Yet, him not winning made sense. Also, Troyman being eliminated first made sense.

In fact, as much as I might have been upset when Old Man Saxon was eliminated, among others, reflecting on it now, while I would have loved to see what he could do, I’m fine with the final result.

On The Fence

Londynn B’s Performance Went A Bit Long

The main issue with Londynn B doing three songs is there were these pauses that made you wonder if she messed up again. Not to say the variety of the songs weren’t appreciated but there is also that issue we got in her performance with Teyana where you felt, considering the song and energy which surrounds Londynn, she played it safe. Like she didn’t let herself have too much fun because there was too much riding on what was happening. Making things a tad bit stiff.


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Season Reviews

Season 1
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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 10 “Finale” [Season Finale]On the season finale, family members are gathered, budgets explode, and the winner of season 1 of Rhythm + Flow is given $250,000 – with no strings attached.
Director(s)Sam Wrench
Air Date10/23/2019
  • The First Eliminated: Troyman
  • The Second Eliminated: Londynn B
  • There Can Only Be One: Flawless Real Talk, D Smoke
Season 1, Episode 9 “Collaborations”Some of R&B’s biggest names join our up and coming stars, and one person stumbles during their performance. Can you guess who?
Director(s)Sam Wrench
Air Date10/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
HerselfJhené Aiko
HerselfTeyana Taylor
HimselfTy Dolla $ign
HimselfTory Lanez
  • You Gotta Have Fun With It: Miguel, D Smoke, Ty Dolla $ign, Troyman, Caleb Colossus, Tory Lanez
  • Get Sexy With It: Jhené Aiko, Flawless Real Talk
  • Will One F*** Up Ruin An Opportunity?: Teyana Taylor, Londynn B, Caleb Colossus
Season 1, Episode 8 “Samples”Alongside learning who got cut, we get a taste of what these rappers can cook up real quick when the pressure is on.
Director(s)Sam Wrench
Air Date10/23/2019
  • Can’t Impress Everyone: Caleb, Sam Be Yourself
  • The Respect Of Your Peers Is Worth It All: Flawless Real Talk, Troyman, Londynn B, D Smoke
  • Elimination Time
Season 1, Episode 5 “Cyphers”While it isn’t clear why a cypher was needed, since many popular rappers wouldn’t be able to do so, this is a competition and contestants have to be put through the ringer.
Director(s)Iren Brown
Air Date10/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
HerselfAJ, The One
HimselfKing Vvibe
HimselfKing Los
  • Who Are These People?: C.Rose, Maddiemook, AJ The One, King Vvibe
  • Let The Cyphers Begin
  • There Can Only Be 16
Season 1, Episode 6 “Rap Battles”This episode, they got the contestants battle rapping, and while we lose some good ones, others get reminded many need that $250,000.
Director(s)Iren Brown
Air Date10/16/2019
  • You Really Aren’t About This Rap Battle Life Are You?: Felisha George, Caleb Colossus, Big Mouf’Bo, Rae Khalil, Ali, Ariyon
  • You Said Who Won?: Old Man Saxon, D Smoke, Jakob, Troyman
  • I CAME TO BATTLE: Londynn B, Inglewood IV, King Vvibe, Sam Be Yourself, Beanz, Flawless Real Talk
Season 1, Episode 7 “Music Videos”Rhythm + Flow goes beyond what most of its competition does and shows us what these artists are selling. Question is, you buying?
Director(s)Sam Wrench
Air Date10/16/2019
  • The Judges Are Iffy: Troyman, Caleb, Big Mouf’Bo
  • Take My Money: D Smoke, Flawless Real Talk, Londynn B
  • Because What Show Doesn’t Have Cliffhangers?: Ali, Sam Be Yourself
Season 1, Episode 4 “Chicago Auditions”Chance is faced with the most 25 and under seen thus far, but them Chicago/Mid-west kids got stories to tell and damn if they won’t make you bop your head.
Director(s)Sam Wrench
Air Date10/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
HerselfKaylee Crossfire
HimselfSam Be Yourself
HerselfSasha Go Hard
HimselfNikee Turbo
HerselfBig Mouf’Bo
HimselfJae Ham
HimselfJakob Campbell
HimselfYung Water
  • You Stumbled, But You Going To LA: Kaylee Crossfire, Sam Be Yourself, Sasha Go Hard, Nikee Turbo
  • The Kids Are Alright: Ariyon, Big Mouf’Bo, Jae Ham
  • Always Saving The Best For Last: Jakob Campbell
Season 1, Episode 3 “Atlanta Auditions”We head down to the ATL, and unlike NYC, no one dares bring their sob stories. Instead, many just rap like they trying to compete with Twista or Busta Rhymes.
Director(s)Sam Wrench
Air Date10/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
HimselfCaleb Colossus
Himself2’Live Bre
HerselfLondynn B
  • Some Got Potential But Had To Be Put On Notice: Amavi, Caleb Colossus, Baddnews
  • Skinny Dudes Stay Winning: 2’Live Bre, Troyman
  • There Can Only Be One: Londynn B
Season 1, Episode 2 “New York Auditions”Cardi B hits up S.O.B.’s in New York to find some talent, and… she may have found one that won’t just fill a slot but could also win.
Director(s)Sam Wrench
Air Date10/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Herself$avannah Hannah
HerselfKay Makavel
HimselfCakes Da Killa
HerselfFelisha George
HimselfOnetake Carter
HimselfFlawless Real Talk
HimselfFat Joe
  • These Sob Stories Gotta Stop: $avannah Hannah, Kay Makavel
  • All My Life I Had To Fight: Beanz, Cakes Da Killa, Felisha George, Onetake Carter
  • The Only One Whose Name Rings True: Flawless Real Talk
Season 1, Episode 1 “Los Angeles Auditions” [Series Premiere]Rhythm & Flow begins with the need to question, to be rap’s next big superstar, what’s more important: Lyricism, being a performer, or accessible to a white audience?
Director(s)Sam Wrench
Air Date10/9/2019
Genre(s)Musical, Competition
Good If You LikeHip-Hop/ Rap Music
Introduced This Episode
HimselfTip “T.I.” Harris
HerselfCardi B
HimselfChance The Rapper
HimselfSnoop Dogg
HimselfNipsey Hussle
HimselfAnderson .Paak
HerselfRae Khalil
HimselfAli Tomineek
HimselfD Smoke
HimselfOld Man Saxon
HimselfInglewood IV
Troyman & Londynn B’s Relationship - 85%
D Smoke’s Performance - 89%
The Process Of Elimination Made Sense - 86%
Londynn B’s Performance Went A Bit Long - 75%


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