Netflix’s ‘Rhythm + Flow’ Books Ludacris, Latto, DJ Khaled as Season 2 Judges

Rhythm + Flow season 2. (Credit: Netflix)

Netflix is bringing back rap reality competition Rhythm + Flow for a new season, with new judges.

On Thursday, the streamer announced the series will return for a second season later this year with Ludacris, Latto and DJ Khaled serving as judges and hosts.

Eminem is also joining the competition as a special guest judge for the rap battles. Additional celebrity guest judges are currently being lined up, per Netflix.

“We are taking things up a notch with a new cast of global hitmakers in our judges and a new pool of undiscovered artists,” Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s VP of nonfiction series, said in a statement.

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The competition will feature contestants from all over the country competing for a chance to win a $250,000 grand prize and the title of “hip hop’s newest star.”

Both Latto and DJ Khaled have experience with music competition series.

Khaled was a judge on Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardom. Latto won the first season of Jermaine Dupri’s Lifetime competition series, The Rap Game, in 2016.

“I’m a contestant turned judge, so my opinion holds a little weight,” Latto said in the Rhythm + Flow season 2 trailer.

The series premiered in 2019 with T.I., Cardi B, and Chance The Rapper serving as judges. Netflix didn’t give a reason for revamping the judging panel.

John Legend, Dionne Harmon, Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Pollack, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, David Friedman, and Jesse Collins are executive producers on the show.

“We are so excited to partner with Netflix for the second season of Rhythm + Flow. This season features a powerhouse panel of judges, each with a distinct and influential role in hip-hop culture,” Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon said in a joint statement.

High school teacher-turned-rapper D Smoke won the competition on the first season.

The Inglewood native released his debut album Black Habits in 2020, which earned nominations for Best Rap Album and Best New Artist at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

Season 2 of Rhythm + Flow is currently in production and will premiere later this year.