Chance The Rapper recently called into Boston’s Hot 96.9 to talk about his new show on Netflix called Rhythm + Flow that he co-hosts and judges with fellow rappers Cardi B and T.I.

Before diving into what exactly the show is about he talked about how he got involved. “I was blessed. I got hit up by my boy, John Legend who was one of the original minds behind the whole idea of the show,” Chance said.

“He came to me and asked me how to make it real and how to make it authentic. I think it’s the realest show on TV.”

Cardi B and Chance The Rapper

INDIO, CA – APRIL 15: Cardi B (L) and Chance the Rapper perform onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2018 in Indio, California.

Chance then spoke about what sets the show apart from other shows.  “Them other shows are really about one part of the talent of being an artist. You sing covers every week of other people’s music on the same stage, basically every time. There’s not a lot of variety in it,” Chance explained before talking about the contrast between hip-hop and other genres.

“Our show is from the ground up how to be a real artist. That’s the difference between hip-hop and every other genre too. Them other genres a lot of the time are about having a pretty face and a pretty voice. Ours in hip-hop is you have to obviously perform your own stuff, but you have to write your own stuff. Sometimes, you have to make your own videos. You have to produce yourself. You have to engineer yourself. You have to style yourself. Hip-hop is real.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 22: Nipsey Hussle attends Nipsey Hussle x PUMA Hoops Basketball Court Refurbishment Reveal Event on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for PUMA)

Chance The Rapper also talked about the late Nipsey Hussle’s appearance in the first episode of Rhythm + Flow. “The Nipsey stuff definitely got to me. I met Nipsey in 2014. He’s the realest most genuine force of a person. When you meet him you can just feel it coming off of him. He’s a pillar of the world. For me, it definitely choked me up.”


Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.