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Lifetime Picks Up Queen Latifah-Jermaine Dupri Hip Hop Reality Show ‘The Rap Game’

Unscripted series will follow young artists being groomed into music superstars

Lifetime has picked up “The Rap Game,” an unscripted series from Queen Latifah and Jermaine Dupri, TheWrap has learned.

The reality show will follow five young artists aged 12-16 as they are groomed by industry heavyweights in a bid to win a recording contract with Dupri’s So So Def Records.

Dupri will serve as a mentor to the contestants, and will be joined each week by guests like Usher, Ludacris, Da Brat, T.I. and Silento who will help the contestants.

Latifah and Dupri will exec produce alongside Shakim Compere. Additional producers include Intuitive Entertainment, Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill, Laura Fuest Silva and Chris Deaux. Lifetime’s Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Mariana Flynn oversee in for Lifetime.

Sean Rankine will serve as showrunner.

“The Rap Game” will premiere on New Year’s Day and air Fridays at 10 p.m.