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Rhythm + Flow: Season 1, Episode 2 “New York Auditions” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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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.


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Network
Netflix
Director(s)Sam Wrench
Writer(s)N/A
Air Date10/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Herself$avannah Hannah
HerselfKay Makavel
HerselfBeanz
HimselfCakes Da Killa
HerselfFelisha George
HimselfOnetake Carter
HimselfFlawless Real Talk
HimselfJadakiss
HimselfFat Joe

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Recap

These Sob Stories Gotta Stop: $avannah Hannah, Kay Makavel

$avannah Hannah asking to be given a chance.

Take note, most of these musical competitions are trying to sell you a backstory as much as they are trying to sell a potential artist. Hence why we get a handful who get packages featuring their family, home life, and $avannah was one of them. She’s someone who lost her mom, had to step into a mother role for her 4 brothers, and when she performed, it was clear she wasn’t ready. Hell, the judges said it but, she begged her way in and put out that sob story.

One that, let me note, got to Cardi B, and you can see she got mad at herself for that since she made it clear everyone in there got a story, and that can be your selling point. Prime example, Kay lost her brother, and it messed her up bad when she was 13. Yet, she, same age as $avannah, was ready. Didn’t have to prop up who died, what happened, none of that. There was no begging. They wanted proof she was ready, and so she spits more lines instead of asked for another chance.

That’s how you do it.

All My Life I Had To Fight: Beanz, Cakes Da Killa, Felisha George, Onetake Carter

It takes a lot to get up on stage, especially when you are presenting your work, putting your thoughts and feelings out there, and being judged not just by Cardi, Fat Joe, and Jadakiss, but anyone who decides to watch the show. Hence why many come as they are with a bit of a f*** it attitude. Some due to them finding themselves a long time ago and are comfortable with that, like Felisha George and Onetake Carter. Others, all they know is what they know, like Beanz, who Jadakiss kept joking definitely did at least 6 months in jail – that hasn’t been confirmed yet though.

Cakes Da Killa asking for a chance.

But to much surprise, Cakes Da Killa is also part of this. You may know them from their song “Goodie, Goodies” and it seems, despite the success of that, they are still waiting for their moment. One that may not come easy on this show for the idea of promoting a gay rapper, gay male rapper to be specific, still seems to be an uphill battle. Even Cardi, who is a modern-day artist, she is somewhere between making him the gay rapper or presenting the idea it will be extra hard.

Making you wonder, when it comes to this show, are they pretty much just choosing these people and trying to take credit for discovering them, or will there be some form of mentorship? Because, with the way they talking, it seems like they just trying to throw some critiques, get some clout, possibly make money off these people, and keep the amount of work they got to do a minimum.

The Only One Whose Name Rings True: Flawless Real Talk

I can’t say whether or not this may get a second season, but, thus far, we haven’t really had an act that seemed like a superstar. If anything, they seemed like just another rapper who may got flow, gets respect, maybe even a #1 album but, that album falls off quickly after the first one or two weeks because they can’t make a hit. All they can do is get that first-week pop out of respect, and then people move on.

To me, Flawless Real Talk seems like the first person who got the name, style, flow, and lyrics to actually be significant. For he isn’t relying on any one factor, or some sob story to get you invested. Everything about dude draws you in. Hell, before we learned he has kids and a fiancé, I was looking at him and $avannah and shipping them since her got that charisma that makes you know, somewhere down the line, that dude is going to be acting.

Hell, I’d say, if he plays his cards right, he could be the Puerto Rican Will Smith.

 

Review

Highlights

Flawless Real Talk

Flawless Real Talk during his "Get to know me" package.

Dead ass, most of the people recruited feel like they are filling in slots, and their name wouldn’t make it out the NY area without this show. Flawless Real Talk, however, I feel like shows like this are made to showcase dudes like him. Especially is the idea here isn’t that Cardi and the rest are going to mold you into the star you can be, but expect you to be packaged and just looking for someone to put you on.

Cakes Da Killa, Is That You?

I’m still, deadass, surprised Cakes Da Killa is on this. I thought he was an XXL Freshman with the way he came on the scene, and while I haven’t seen anything from him in a long ass time, I figured he got his niche and was popping within it. So with coming to find out that isn’t the case, my jaw dropped a bit. Yet, I gotta admit, as much as I want him to do well I don’t know if this is the show for him to shine on.

Mostly since I don’t think any of these people on here will get past him being gay and the challenges that will bring. So Cardi’s advice about coming extra hard, I don’t think that was just meant when it comes to the competition, but also when dealing with her ignorance, among others.

On The Fence

Is It The Beat Or The Rapper?

We got professional DJs and rappers of various degrees of comfort and talent. To be honest, most of the time I’m left wondering if it is the flow, lyrics, or the beat that’s hot. Which is going to make those cyphers, and battle raps, perhaps when a lot of folks get knocked out and shown that, while they could have a career, in terms of longevity and hits? That’s going to be hard for them.

Anyone Else Feel Most Of The Acts Were Given A Chance vs. Ready?

There is a serious disparity between those like Cakes and Flawless, with many of the others on here. Which makes you question this idea that people need to be ready vs. the thought that Cardi and the rest are going to help usher these folks in the industry. Because, let’s be real, if Cardi and the rest are looking for total packages, and Cardi specifically is looking for someone who could gain fame and longevity as she did, most of her picks need work.

I’m not going to name names, since it seems kind of obvious, but here is hoping it clicks in their minds that you can’t take these people out the hood, have them be green, and just expect them to hit the ground running.

Is Cardi Making This Too Much About Having That Line Or Moment For Instagram?

While you have to respect how Cardi got put on and found longevity, the whole, “I need a hook that can be my caption,” thing was a bit much. Also, it reminded you how subjective this whole show is about who can and won’t make it and how lucky the people who are judges are.

 

Rhythm + Flow Directory

Creator

John Legend, Jeff Gaspin, Jesse Collins

Character Guide

Created

Collected Quotes

Created

Current Status

Active

Where To Buy, Rent, or Stream?
Netflix

Season Reviews

Season 1
Check Out The TV Series & Specials Page
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
Writer(s)N/A
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
Writer(s)N/A
Air Date10/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
HimselfMiguel
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
Writer(s)N/A
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
Writer(s)N/A
Air Date10/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
HimselfC.Rose
HerselfMaddiemook
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
Writer(s)N/A
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
Writer(s)N/A
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
Writer(s)N/A
Air Date10/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
HerselfKaylee Crossfire
HimselfSam Be Yourself
HerselfSasha Go Hard
HimselfNikee Turbo
HimselfAriyon
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
Writer(s)N/A
Air Date10/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
HerselfAmavi
HimselfCaleb Colossus
HimselfBaddnews
Himself2’Live Bre
HimselfTroyman
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
Writer(s)N/A
Air Date10/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Herself$avannah Hannah
HerselfKay Makavel
HerselfBeanz
HimselfCakes Da Killa
HerselfFelisha George
HimselfOnetake Carter
HimselfFlawless Real Talk
HimselfJadakiss
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
Writer(s)N/A
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
Flawless Real Talk - 95%
Cakes Da Killa, Is That You? - 85%
Is It The Beat Or The Rapper? - 70%
Anyone Else Feel Most Of The Acts Were Given A Chance vs. Ready? - 71%
Is Cardi Making This Too Much About Having That Line Or Moment For Instagram? - 72%

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