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Rhythm + Flow: Season 1, Episode 6 “Rap Battles” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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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

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You Really Aren’t About This Rap Battle Life Are You?: Felisha George, Caleb Colossus, Big Mouf’Bo, Rae Khalil, Ali, Ariyon

Between never having done a rap battle before, or not being willing to come at their opponent, many people stumble. However, when it comes to Felisha and Caleb, things were so bad that, taking note of others who got eliminated, it makes you wish a double elimination was on the table. But, setting them aside, there were some massacres.

Big Mouf'Bo smiling.
Big Mouf’Bo

For example, Big Mouf’Bo, she not only bodied Rae during their battle, but everyone said she intimidated her during her set. Mind you, in a way that made her extra and distracting, even disrespectful to the point it wasn’t clear if she should be gigged for that or praised. But considering how she punked Rae to the point of messing up, she gets the win.

Leaving Ali and Ariyon. Straight up, Ariyon bombed. He pretty much is a prime example of why this competition makes no sense. For again, like the cypher, how many famous rappers can you say could do these type of things, and could come out looking good? But, it’s the culture, these kids have to do what didn’t make Cardi famous, maybe not Chance either, showing you how much things are do as we say and not as we have done.

But, long story short, Ali moved on.

You Said Who Won?: Old Man Saxon, D Smoke, Jakob, Troyman

What is a competition without some controversy? Like Old Man Saxon losing to D Smoke despite having the better punch lines? But, I guess in that case, D Smoke being bilingual made him better for the long term competition, and Saxon taking him down was ignored. Note that as another loss for those monolingual.

Switching things up, Jakob and Troyman battle, and it seems Jakob stumbling, once again, negates any other positive aspect about him as a rapper. Thus, he is sent home.

I CAME TO BATTLE: Londynn B, Inglewood IV, King Vvibe, Sam Be Yourself, Beanz, Flawless Real Talk

Flawless Real Talk being interviewed.

We’ve been told by many how much that money would mean for them and their families, as well as just this platform. However, for many, they skip on attacking their opponents and just do some soft blows while big upping themselves. For those in this topic, that wasn’t the case. Londynn B started the trend by bringing up Inglewood’s government name, talking about his baby momma, and just really making it personal. In return, Inglewood questioned if Londynn B was trans, and while he tried to come hard, like so many, a stumble took him out of competition.

Following them was Sam Be Yourself, and King Vvibe and things seemed to only go Sam’s way due to jokes and letting people know about himself. Also, despite King Vvibe touting his experience before the battle, the lack of attacks, weak breath control, and seemingly forgetting his lyrics, once more, ended his journey.

Leading to the main event. Now, with previews for this show featuring Beanz’s line about sending Flawless back home to his daughter, you’d think she was landing mad blows. However, that was really the only one. As for Flawless? HE BODIED HER! That PR Will Smith persona turned into some Slim Shady woodcutter who probably took a few inches off of Beanz’s height. Making it clear that homeboy was not only ready, he stays ready!

Other Noteworthy Facts, Moments, and Random Thoughts

  • Moving on: Caleb Colossus, Big Mouf’Bo, Ali, D Smoke, Troyman, Londynn B, Sam Be Yourself, and Flawless Real Talk.




Being that we haven’t seen much in the way of competition, and everyone has been chill, it made the idea of everyone battling each other seem eh. However, from the first battle between Londynn B and Inglewood, we got put on notice. Thus giving you quite a bit of excitement and getting to see that hunger. Well, at least in the front runners anyway. Others seemed like they didn’t take the assignment seriously.

However, as usual, Flawless Real Talk lives up to his name. For when I say he decimated Beanz and made her look like she was one of the lowest tier contestants, instead of upper mid, I mean it. And I don’t know if this was purely due to this being a competition or bringing his daughter into it, but either way, I’m surprised she wasn’t like Rae and crying a bit after.

Cardi B: This shit is crazy.
Cardi B: This shit is crazy.

Outside Of One, The People Who Needed To Go Got Kicked

We still got a lot who, if we’re talking about someone who can get a number one record and album, aren’t going to get it. Caleb Colossus won’t, Ali doesn’t seem likely, nor Big Mouf’Bo. I’d add in D Smoke and Troyman too – and they won. So to lose Inglewood IV, King Vvibe, and others, it wasn’t a huge loss.

Low Point

Old Man Saxon Should Have Won

However, Old Man Saxon losing was some BS. The kind which makes the very little explanation of the judges infuriating. For really, the only thing D Smoke has on Old Man Saxon is being bilingual. Other than that, he doesn’t have much. Yeah, he is positive and chill, but he seems like the kind who, if he somehow won, he would fall off the face of the Earth and make Rhythm + Flow like so many shows who have winners that didn’t go anywhere.

Which makes starring in a music video as the next challenge a fun idea. Especially as they start taking out those who got some kind of personality.


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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
Old Man Saxon Should Have Won - 65%
Outside Of One, The People Who Needed To Go Got Kicked - 85%


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