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Rhythm + Flow: Season 1, Episode 8 “Samples” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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Alongside learning who got cut, we get a taste of what these rappers can cook up real quick when the pressure is on.

Community Rating: 55.95% (1)


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

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Can’t Impress Everyone: Caleb, Sam Be Yourself

While the competition isn’t really made for niche rappers, there is a need to admit as much as people are pushed to have their own identity, to appease the judges, they work against themselves. Caleb Colossus, for example, uses auto-tune in his song, and you can tell that’s not him. And while T.I. liked the song, everyone else couldn’t get past his “A Little Bit Of Love” sample, which Big Pun used.

Then, with Sam Be Yourself, it seems Cardi really got into his head because his whole narrative now is about being a white rapper and trying to push past that. However, he can’t. Also, for some reason, even though no one has an album out yet, there are conversations about showing growth as if all of these rappers have been releasing mixtapes for years. As if, after cyphers, rap battles, and one music video, there is a need to worry their sound has gone stale.

Thus leading to Sam delivering a good song, since he is good on the production end, and even Cardi praises his performance, but the judges still feel uneasy about him. Leading you to wonder how much of it is the pressure of the competition and how much of it is just him? Much less, would he be more successful as a writer/producer than the actual artist? Never mind how much his ethnic background seems to be a key part of the judges’ commentary.

Cardi giving Sam Be Yourself what she considers a compliment.

Cardi B: You know what? You impress me with your little white ass.

The Respect Of Your Peers Is Worth It All: Flawless Real Talk, Troyman, Londynn B, D Smoke

With these four, even D Smoke who forgot his verse, they are seen as ace. Troyman opens, and pretty much casts a shadow on every one since so many go for that fun, “PUT YOUR HANDS UP!” style. Well, outside of D Smoke, who always presents an alternative by worrying less about hook and more about telling a story in his verses.

This isn’t to downplay Flawless trying to do a love song or Londynn B trying to make it sexy, but, as Flawless says, in getting a bit desperate, we see what could be considered mistakes or flaws. The kind that makes it so, while many present decent songs, the kind you can hear on the radio, there remains this question if there can be a hit?

Elimination Time

Once again, the show decides to use a cliffhanger, and Sam Be Yourself is on the bottom half. This time, however, he is joined by Caleb. Thus leaving you to question, will the person who has a sound that even his champion, TI, said he had to work on to be commercial move forward or the boy who the judges seemingly can’t get past being white and nerdy? Especially Cardi B?

Other Noteworthy Facts, Moments, and Random Thoughts

  • Troyman samples: Darkest Light – Lafayette Afro Rock Band
  • Caleb Colossus samples: A little bit of love – Brenda Russell
  • Londynn B samples: I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You – Leon Haywood
  • Sam Be Yourself samples: Hung Up On My Baby – Isaac Hayes
  • D Smoke Samples: Atomic Dog – George Clinton
  • Flawless Real Talk samples: What I Am – Edie Brickell



Troyman’s Performance

I don’t know if it is because he went first (the likely reason) or if because Troyman’s song and performance is in tune with what we know him for, but I’d say he is one of the most consistent of the show. Maybe not the best, by any means, but Troyman does feel like someone who lives up to expectations and isn’t trying to adapt to the taste or flavor of anyone. He is just doing his thing and, thankfully for him, while middle of the road, that is a term synonymous with the mainstream.

Troyman after performing

D Smoke Grows On You

The more I listen to D Smoke the more I realize he is the type of rapper you have to be in a certain mood to listen to. Much less, with him being a storyteller vs. someone trying to get you hype and party, you got to be ready to listen. With everyone else, honestly, you could never mind their lyrics half the time and just get off on the beat. D Smoke, on the other hand, he pushes you, forces you even, to take note his part on the record vs. the mixing and mastering done by the producer.

On The Fence

It’s Coming To The Point Where You Have To Ask: Do Any Of These People Really Stand Out?

One of the reasons I highlighted D Smoke is because he is an outlier. In the past, I took that as a bad thing and sort of felt he was boring because he did something different, but now I appreciate it. For as much as I like Flawless, Londynn B, and now Troyman, I can’t say if they took each other’s songs I’d raise an eyebrow. Each one of them has such a similar identity that, even with different voices and looks, it all melds together to the point they could easily be a group more than solo artists.

Yet, what do you expect from a show which is more so looking for a hitmaker, based on its judges’ tastes, than someone unique and who will more so set trends than follow long-established ones.

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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’s Performance - 85%
D Smoke Grows On You - 86%
It’s Coming To The Point Where You Have To Ask: Do Any Of These People Really Stand Out? - 75%


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