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The Rap Game

The Rap Game

  • Premiered: 
    January 1, 2016
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  • Network: Lifetime
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Musical
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Queen Latifah and her partner Shakim Compere, THE RAP GAME is a one-hour reality series that follows five emerging young hip hop artists, ages 12 to 16 years old, who are given the opportunity to rhyme and flow in Atlanta with Jermaine Dupri, who has worked with some of the biggest young talents in the music including Bow Wow, Da Brat, Kris Kross and TLC. With high expectations, Dupri gives it his all -- and expects nothing less from the kids and their parents in return -- because one of these young artists will walk away with a record contract with his label, So So Def Recordings. Each week, special guests such as Usher, Ludacris, Da Brat, T.I. and Silento join Dupri to help mold the kids into the next big, young star. The young hip hop artists include: Lil' Niqo (age: 15; hometown: San Diego, CA), who has been making music history since he was 10, becoming the youngest rapper signed to Island Def Jams and having served as a correspondent for BET and MTV's red carpets -- with the help of his momager Nique by his side; Lil' Poopy (12; Brockton, MA), the youngest in the group, who has made over 200 videos, writes his own songs and has performed with Puff Daddy, Rick Ross and French Montana -- and gets help from his father and mentor, Luis Rivera Sr.; Miss Mulatto (16; Atlanta, GA), who began her career performing at birthday parties and has since made a name for herself in the Atlanta music scene, and whose mom, Misit, is always by her side at competitions, despite finding it difficult to infiltrate the tight-knit social circle; Supa Peach (12; Atlanta, GA), who raps, sings, dances and models, and has recently moved from the Virgin Islands with her mom Josetta, who wants to give her daughter everything she needs to launch her rap career; and Young Lyric (15; Houston, TX), whose hip hop career began when a video of her rapping went viral, allowing her to record her first song at seven and was named the "Best 14 Year Old Rapper" by -- meanwhile, her parents, Olivia and Mitchell, do whatever it takes to get her to the next level. On Friday, February 19, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT, Lifetime premiered the season finale of THE RAP GAME, shortly after a seven-hour marathon (1-8pm) of encore episodes. In the season ender, "The Final Battle," Jermaine Dupri decides which child rapper to sign to So So Def; the artists go head-to-head in a rap battle and prove themselves in a live performance in front of industry insiders including Da Brat. Season 2 of THE RAP GAME premiered on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime. To help mentor the young teens throughout the season, Dupri enlists the support from some of the most successful artists in the music industry including iconic singer Mariah Carey and legendary rappers Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, Nelly, Bow Wow, Monica, DaBrat, Flo Rida and producers, Bryan-Michael Cox, Zaytoven and Mike Kalombo. The winner will receive a recording contract with Dupri's label, So So Def Recordings. Grammy and Emmy award winner Queen Latifah and her partner Shakim Compere are executive producers under the Flavor Unit umbrella, alongside Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill of Intuitive Entertainment and Dupri. Season 2 artists include: Jayla Marie (12 years old; Raleigh, NC), who first caught the attention rapper Nas who shared her YouTube video, "If I Ruled the World"; J.I. aka The Prince of New York (14, Brooklyn, NY), who, with three years of rapping under his belt, J.I. brings a level of lyrical genius that's on par with some of the biggest names in the industry; Lil' Key (15, Baltimore, MD), who started rapping at ten years old when he performed a gospel rap in a church talent show; Mani (15, South Central LA, CA), who started spending time in the studio when he was six years old and released his first mixtape at twelve; Mini Barbie (12, Atlanta, GA), who, at the age of two, impressed her mom by singing Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" verbatim and since then, has performed all over Atlanta; Nia Kay (14, Chicago, IL), who began rapping at the age of eight and made her first music video by the time she was ten; and Tally (16, Nashville, TN), who discovered her rapping abilities accidentally, rapping the hook to a song her sister was singing. Season 3 of THE RAP GAME premiered on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime, as Season 2 fan-favorite Tally returns for redemption to battle it out against four new young rappers. This season, social activist Bernice King, the daughter of Coretta and Martin Luther King Jr., makes a special appearance. Rappers Da Brat, Bow Wow, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jon Jon, I Heart Memphis, Jeezy, and Jadakiss, singer Kelly Rowland, and producers Brian Michael Cox, Zaytoven, and Mike Kalombo, join Dupri to help guide the artists to victory with a recording contract with Dupri's label, So So Def Recordings. In addition to Tally, the rappers for Season 3 include: Nova (16, Reading, PA), who is managed by his uncle Ekko, willing to stop at nothing to help him achieve his dream of becoming the next big rap star; Al'Dreco 'King Roscoe' Jones (13, Atlanta, GA), who has an entire team managing him -- from an image consultant, to vocal coach, to his mom-ager Deishonna; Deetranada (15, Baltimore, MD), who, afterperforming in her seventh grade talent contest, knew she wanted to be a rapper; and Flau'jae (12, Savannah, GA), the youngest of the group, whose father Camouflage, an up-and-coming rapper with a record deal, was tragically murdered, but her dad's friends -- Master P, Birdman and Lil Boosie -- recognized her early talents. Season 4 of THE RAP GAME premiered on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime. The new season captures five young rappers from different walks of life as they battle it out for the ultimate prize of a recording contract with Dupri's label, So So Def recordings. This season, Rappers Da Brat, Bow Wow, DNA, K-Shine, & Blessed, human beat-boxer Doug E Fresh, celebrity drummer Tony Royster Jr., actress KeKe Palmer, singer Teyana Taylor, producers Zaytoven & Bryan Michael Cox, DJ Toomp and director Benny Boom, join Dupri to help guide the artists to victory. he rappers this season are: Brianna Burns (aka "Lil Bri") (15; Houston, TX), who writes all her own lyrics, produces, choreographs, and even won the Arts and Humanities Award from Michelle Obama; Brazil 'RapUnzel' Barber (15; Richmond, VA), who started writing rhymes and rapping around age 9 and is a straight A student; Lyric Thomas (aka Ricci Bitti) (13; Atlanta, GA), who grew up watching her older sister navigate the rap industry and knew she wanted that same life; Jordan (14; Tulsa, OK), who is a mixed-race teen from middle America whose goal is to rap about issues that change the minds of listeners for the better; and Jeremiah (aka Street Bud) (11; Atlanta, GA), who is the youngest rapper this season and strives to be a positive influence for his young audiences by rapping about getting good grades and staying out of trouble.
Season 5 of THE RAP GAME premiered on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 9-11:20pm ET/PT, as Lifetime debuted back-to-back new episodes. This is the time to shine for these six young rappers who will have to freestyle, flow and rhyme their way to a life-changing prize - a recording contract with Dupri's label, So So Def Recordings. This season, artists Will.I.Am, Lil Jon, Xscape, Killer Mike, Rapsody and Jacquees join Dupri to help guide these promising rappers to music victory.

The Rap Game Season 5 artists include:

Eli Triplett, 15, Chattanooga, TN - This Tennesee kid is raised by a single dad who works four jobs at a time to support his kids. Eli is a great boxer and basketball player, but it's always been writing music that's helped him to cope with his stress.

Lil Richye, 13, Charlotte, NC - Lil Richye's parents run a record label and Richye is their star client. The youngest of the family, he started writing his own rap music at age 10, and won "Best youth Hip Hop Artist of the year" at the 2016 Queen City Music Awards.

Nya Kasan, 16, Detroit, MI - A spunky teenager, this "girl power" rapper from Detroit is a master battler who's ready to destroy the competition. After growing up in a neighborhood surrounded by gang violence, she's determined to turn tragedy into triumph.

Queen Amayah, 15, Miami, FL - Bold and unapologetic, Queen Amaya brings an east coast flare reminiscent of Biggie. A mix of Iranian, Puerto Rican and Cuban, she's a smart storyteller and passionate rapper who has even challenged her teacher to a rap battle.

Sire, 14, Atlanta, GA - Sire's talent and personality are big and bold. His huge family of 10 recently uprooted their whole world and relocated to Atlanta to support Sire in pursuing his career. He considers himself a prolific writer, a great dancer, and an amazing live performer.

Tyeler Reign, 16, Los Angeles, CA - Tyeler has opened up for big names like Busta Rhymes and Silento. Nearly every adult in Tyler's life is in the music industry, and with her energetic overzealous mother by her side, she's one to beat.

In the double-episode season debut:

"The Battle Begins" (9-10:10pm): In an unprecedented premiere, Jermaine Dupri's rap boot camp kicks off with surprise after surprise, including a head-to-head cypher and a visit from R&B sensation, Jacquees. For the first time in Rap Game history, the young rappers must battle for a spot in the house.

"Strength, No Weakness" (10:10-11:20pm): Rap superstar visits the Rap Game house as the kids are tested in their physical and mental strength. Sparks fly between two young rappers, and Jermaine Dupri announces a shocking twist to the hit lists.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Intuitive Entertainment


  • - Atlanta, Georgia USA