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Growing Up Hip Hop

Growing Up Hip Hop

  • Premiered: 
    January 7, 2016
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  • Network: WE
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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Plot Synopsis

GROWING UP HIP HOP is a one-hour reality series that follows a group of twentysomethings who are the next generation of hip hop royalty, attempting to step outside the shadow of their famous families. Raised by hip hop legends, each member of this tight-knit group is working hard to gain independence, while facing a surprising challenge that will test their loyalties within the group and even relationships with their own mothers and fathers. The group includes: Angela Simmons, daughter of rap pioneer Rev. Run of Run-D.M.C, who is a hip hop socialite, model and fashion designer of her own line, Foofi, and who has had a long-standing friendship with Romeo Miller that could turn into something more; Romeo Miller, a child star formerly known as Lil' Romeo, whose father, hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Master P, has been grooming him to take over the No Limit Empire; Damon "Boogie" Dash -- the namesake of his father, former Roc-A-Fella Records music and media mogul, Damon Dash -- who founded Chipz Cookies with his high school pal; Kristinia DeBarge, the daughter of James DeBarge, who began singing when she was 3-years old and at 12-years old recorded the duet "How I Feel Inside" with her father; TJ Mizell -- the son of Jam Master Jay, one-third of the famous rap group Run-D.M.C -- who spins at the hottest events and venues around the world and best known as A$AP Ferg's DJ; and Egypt Criss, the daughter of Sandra "Pepa" Denton from Salt-N-Pepa and rap icon Treach from Naughty By Nature, who is actively pursuing a solo music career with the help of her momager.

Angela Simmons, Romeo Miller, Damon 'Boogie' Dash, Kristinia DeBarge, TJ Mizell and Egypt Criss all returned for Season 2, which premiered Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on WEtv. The new season also welcomes two newcomers: Andre King, brother of Swizz Beatz and friend of Angela Simmons; and Briana Latrise, the troubled daughter of Mary J. Blige's now ex-husbandger, Kendu Issacs. The premiere episode opens as the group prepares to come together at the event of the year: Andre's birthday party! Romeo returns from filming overseas to the shocking news of Angela's engagement, creating a lot of chatter and a laundry list of unanswered questions. Kristinia hears the news and becomes nervous that rumors from last season may be haunting her and makes it her mission to clear the air with Angela. Meanwhile, Egypt is hard at work in the studio, on her own, for the first time; however, when mom pops in to check up on her, its clear Pepa is still struggling with letting go. This season, the title of the show has never rung more true, as unforeseen circumstances propel this new generation into adulthood. As the crew continues to try to hustle and pave their own way, friendships, iconic families, loyalties, and the world of hip hop will may never be the same.

Season 3 of GROWING UP HIP HOP premiered on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on WE tv, as the heirs of hip hop legends seek to cement their royal status in the cutting, treacherous music industry. For Romeo Miller (Master P's son), his return home from filming Empire forces him to face his dad who sends him back to his roots in New Orleans to teach him a lesson. But when the ultimate betrayal from his right-hand man turned snake in the grass sparks a brutal confrontation, the empire is put in major danger. Angela Simmons (Rev Run's daughter) finds herself caught between her sisters, Vanessa and Daryan, as bad blood from their teenage years comes simmering to the surface. With her sisters at odds, and her fledgling relationship with her fiance on the rocks, is there any safe harbor for new mom Angela to turn to other than her old flame, Romeo? Hot to break out in the biz for the second time, songbird Kristinia DeBarge (James DeBarge's daughter) finds herself the subject of vicious rumors that threaten to derail her comeback. Adding fuel to the fire is a suspect to the throne, a young woman who claims to be the secret love child from James and Janet Jackson's marriage 31 years ago. Can Kris make it through round two of her never-ending sister saga? Meanwhile, Boogie Dash (Damon Dash's son) must go deep within himself to confront a secret and when he careens out of control, and finds himself at odds with the law. wFresh off a move to Hollywood, CA, Egypt Criss (daughter of Sandra 'Pepa' Denton) opens the chambers to a family lore and is shaken by the skeletons in her mother's closet. How will she process her mother's deep trauma and will their relationship ever be the same? Briana Latrise (Mary J. Blige's stepdaughter) clashes with the more privileged heirs in the clique, letting her brash and feisty personality make enemies of her former friends. They've got the genes and the talents to make it big... but with the flashy family name comes more insurmountable obstacles. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown... and everything done in the dark must come to the light.

On Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, WE tv premiered the fourth season of GROWING UP HIP HOP. This season, Angela Simmons, opens up for the first time about a devastating breakup and facing public scrutiny. Vanessa Simmons yearns to be closer to her sister, Angela, but new business opportunities lead to a dramatic, sibling rivalry. Romeo Miller finds himself chasing after the 'one that got away' to running to New Orleans with his pops to save an incarcerated family member who goes on a hunger strike! Meanwhile, Damon "Boogie" Dash's addiction spirals out of control when his little sister's life becomes endangered. Briana Latrise teams up with Dame to save Boogie's life and plot a surprise intervention. With her checkered family history, Kristinia DeBarge musters the courage to meet with her long-lost cousin Kyndall Ferguson while she plans a life changing move to Vegas to further her music career. Tyran Moore comes to visit his mother to mend broken ties, and unleashes years of pent up resentment growing up under her fame in family therapy. Egypt Criss has a new beau, but not everyone trusts his intentions with the princess of hip hop, including Egypt's cousin, Tahira "Tee Tee" Francis. A shotgun wedding in Vegas shocks all. After a five-month break, GROWING UP HIP HOP returned with new episodes on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT, as WE tv premiered back-to-back new episodes. Romeo Miller may appear to be walking in the footsteps of his father, Master P, but behind the scenes, Romeo struggles to juggle the demands of the No Limit lifestyle. Love is on the horizon as Angela Simmons, once again captures Romeo's attention. Just when the romantic sparks start to ignite, Angela's old flame, Bow Wow, pops up and fires up an epic battle of the Lil's! A jaw-dropping scandal threatens to destroy Pepa's empire when her fiery relationship with her 29 -year-old bodyguard goes public. Egypt Criss (Pepa's Daughter) stands by her mother's side when salacious rumors and secrets are exposed and Pepa is faced with a major ultimatum: choosing between her new love and Salt-N-Pepa. Boogie Dash, recently released from rehab, starts his journey to overcome his biggest fear of all: the uphill battle of his father, Damon Dash's high expectations. Meanwhile, the pressures of being on television may have becomes too much to bear, for hip hop's scrappy outsider, Briana Latrise. Her friends, including surrogate father, Damon Dash, become concerned when she begins to spiral out of control and goes on a destructive rampage! Newcomers, Lil Twist and Eric Wright Jr. aka Lil Eazy-E (Eazy-E's son) enter the scene and challenge the inner circle. Lil Twist makes his move on the princess of hip hop, Egypt, which falls under the radar of her overprotective boyfriend. Eric embarks on his own dangerous investigation to get to the truth of his father's mysterious death. But as he begins his pursuit of justice, will he be ready for what's on the other side of the doors he is opening? Vanessa and Angela Simmons's brainchild, Pastry, presents the sisters with a major opportunity. However, a tug of war begins as Angela's schedule may make it difficult for her to participate. Will Vanessa start making plans to move forward without her sister? Meanwhile, their brother JoJo Simmons plans to do something no other Simmons child has ever done before and enlists the help of his sisters to pull off the biggest surprise of all time. But everything comes crashing down when Angela's ex-fiance, and father to her son, Sutton, is tragically shot and killed. In her darkest hour, Angela's friends go rushing to her side.

The fifth season of GROWING UP HIP HOP premiered on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on WE tv. Angela Simmons and her siblings, Vanessa Simmons & JoJo Simmons, Romeo Miller, Tyran Moore, Egypt Criss, Damon "Boogie" Dash, and more return for Season 5, during which long-term friendships are tested, while enemies turn to allies among hip hop's hottest heirs. In the season opener, "The Gospel of Romeo," Romeo drops a bombshell on the Simmons family; Egypt's boyfriend Sam does sneaky business at a pawn shop; a secret engagement is exposed. After a seven-week break, GROWING UP HIP HOP returned with new episodes on Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 9-10:10pm ET/PT on WE tv. In the 70-minute spring premiere, "Bring Da Ruckus," Angela and Romeo's rivalry explodes across headlines; meanwhile, Angela's ex Bow shows up.

GROWING UP HIP HOP returned for its sixth season on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT on WE tv. Producer Stevie J, daughter Savannah and son Stevie Jr., as well as famed industry vet Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell and daughter Cree, join the cast. Rumors run wild over betrayal, heartache, and family secrets, this season, Angela Simmons (Rev Run's daughter) is hot and heavy with a new love interest, who packs a punch as a professional boxer; but her family, especially sister Vanessa, worry that Angela's moving too fast and heading towards heartbreak. A battle of dueling weddings between Egypt Criss (Pepa & Treach's daughter) and her cousin, Tahira "Tee Tee" Francis, uncovers a shocking family secret that no one sees coming. Savannah Jordan (Stevie J's daughter) is keeping her own secrets from her father and catches the eye of Boogie Dash. Meanwhile, unfinished business between artist Briana Latrise and Boogie comes to a head and leads to a dramatic turn of events. Cree Campbell (Uncle Luke's daughter) struggles to repair the complicated relationship with her father, who she has been at odds with for years. Jojo Simmons (Rev Run's son) teams up with Cree and Eric "Lil Eazy-E" Wright Jr. (Eazy-E's son) to put on an artist showcase with a star-studded lineup of hip-hop legends. The pressure to succeed is higher than ever, targeting acts such as Da Brat, Pep and Uncle Luke... but nothing prepares Jojo and his wife Tanice when tragedy strikes. After a five-month break, GROWING UP HIP HOP returned with new episodes on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9pm ET/PT on WE tv. In the mid-season premiere, "Legacy Will Not Be Lit," Treach lays down the law to Egypt when Sam's arrest starts a downward spiral; Twist breaks the news of a gun charge to Mack Maine; Angela's move to Atlanta leads to a girl's night out; JoJo and Tanice's behavior nearly causes show production to stop.
On Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 9-10:45pm ET/PT, WE tv premiered "The Wright Way," the Season 6 finale of GROWING UP HIP HOP. Egypt and Sam rush to the little white chapel, but when they drop the bomb on Pep and Treach, Pep objects; Tanice and Sakoya's feud comes to a head; Eazy-E's celebration pushes the group to come together in peace and settle their differences.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by eOne Entertainment
  • Coproduced by Datari Turner Productions