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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:

Lil Bri (15) - Houston, TX - Brianna Burns (aka "Lil Bri") writes all her own lyrics, produces, choreographs, and even won the Arts and Humanities Award from Michelle Obama.

RapUnzel (15) - Richmond, VA - As if her given name, Brazil Barber, wasn't cool enough, this rapper goes by "Rap-Unzel." She started writing rhymes and rapping around age 9 and is a straight A student who is all about using her gifts to make it big for herself and her family.

Ricci Bitti (13) - Atlanta, GA - Lyric Thomas (aka Ricci Bitti), grew up watching her older sister navigate the rap industry and get signed by Def Jam and knew she wanted that same life. Ricci Bitti is also a very popular dancer and looks forward to being a big star.

Jordan (14) - Tulsa, OK - Jordan is a mixed-race teen from middle America whose goal is to rap about issues that change the minds of listeners for the better.

Street Bud (11) - Atlanta, GA - Jeremiah (aka Street Bud) 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. He wants all his friends and fans to attend college, and to make their dreams come true.
On Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT, Lifetime premiered "There Can Only Be One," the Season 4 finale of THE RAP GAME. After a rough start to the season, the young rappers have developed into true artists. Now, they must apply everything they've learned the past twelve weeks in a final performance to show JD who deserves to be signed to his label, So So Def. There's only one chain and one contract. Who's gonna get it?


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Intuitive Entertainment


  • - Atlanta, Georgia USA