Despite the advent of streaming services, cable networks still draw in tons of viewers when it comes to the various music competitions they air, such as American Idol, America's Got Talent, and The X Factor. The absolute domination of these shows would seem insurmountable for any streaming service.
Enter Rhythm + Flow, a 2019 Netflix series hosted and judged by T.I., Cardi B, and Chance The Rapper. It's a music competition that pits up-and-coming rappers against each other in a series of challenges that range from writing and performing a cipher, creating a compelling music video, and performing with an already established artist.
In contrast to similar competition shows, the winner doesn't receive a record deal, but a hefty sum of $250,000. Additionally, it forgoes the family-friendly tone of network shows for an uncensored, explicit competition where nearly anything goes, as is true to the nature of hip-hop and rap.
Despite the Archive Binge style for most Netflix releases, Rhythm + Flow rolled out over the course of three weeks. It received positive reviews from critics, but hasn't been renewed for a second season yet.