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WE tv takes “Growing Up Hip Hop” to NYC for summer spin-off

AMC-owned, character-driven unscripted channel WE tv is expanding its hit franchise Growing Up Hip Hop with a new installment set in New York. Growing Up Hip Hop: New York will follow some ...
April 12, 2019

AMC-owned, character-driven unscripted channel WE tv is expanding its hit franchise Growing Up Hip Hop with a new installment set in New York.

Growing Up Hip Hop: New York will follow some of New York’s hip hop royalty in their daily lives as the children of famous parents. The cast will include rapper Ja Rule and son Jeff Bruce Atkins Jr. and daughter Brittney Atkins; Murder Inc. mogul Irv Gotti and his children Angie Pearson and Jonathan “JJ” Wilson Lorenzo; Fat Joe and his son Ryan Cartagena; Charli Baltimore and her daughter DJ Siaani; Young Dirty Bastard, son of the late Wu-Tag Clan founding member Ol’ Dirty Bastard; Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav’s daughter Da’Zyna; JoJo Simmons, son of legendary rap pioneer Rev. Run; rapper and actress Lil’ Mama and her brother Arnstar; and DJ Kid Capri and his daughter Vina Love.

The original Growing Up Hip Hop (pictured) launched in 2016 and expanded the following year with Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta.

The new entry in the franchise is produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Datari Turner Productions.

“This is an important expansion of our Growing Up Hip Hop franchise, which helped to solidify the network as a destination for viewers on Thursdays,” said WE tv president Marc Juris, in a statement. “For our third series we are going back to where it all started — New York City — the birthplace of hip hop, with this incredible cast who are all truly New York hip hop royalty.”

Growing Up Hip Hop: New York is set to premiere this summer.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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