WE tv has greenlit a reality series about multi-generational hip-hop families that has shades of Fox’s breakout drama series Empire.
Produced by Entertainment One (eOne), the six-episode Growing Up Hip Hop will follow the offspring of Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon Dash, Run DMC’s Rev. Run, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, rapper Master P, soul singer James DeBarge and Pepa from Salt-N-Pepa as they attempt to carve out their own careers and artistic identities in fields ranging from music, fashion and acting.
The cast includes Master P’s son Romeo Miller (formerly Lil’ Romeo), a musician and actor; Rev. Run’s daughter and Russell Simmons’ niece Angela Simmons, a socialite, model and fashion designer; Damon Dash’s son Damon “Boogie” Dash, an entrepreneur who runs a record label and art gallery; James DeBarge’s daughter Kristina DeBarge, a singer/songwriter; Sandra “Pepa” Denton’s daughter Egypt Criss, a musician; and Run DMC DJ Jam Master Jay’s son TJ Mizell, who followed in his late father’s footsteps and become a DJ.
“Hip-hop is a hugely popular music genre, but beyond the songs it has become a lifestyle and has influenced a generation of young people,” said WE tv president Marc Juris in a statement. “Growing Up Hip Hop profiles what it’s like to be raised by hip hop legends, living in their shadow while trying to balance success and independence.”
Executive producers on the show are eOne’s John Morayniss and Tara Long as well as Romeo Miller, Angela Simmons, Percy Robert Miller (Master P) and Datari Turner. Turner’s Datari Turner Productions is also co-producing.
The series will premiere later this year on the AMC Networks-owned cable net.