A+E Networks-owned channel Lifetime has set a January 1 air-date for the reality series The Rap Game (pictured).
Produced by LA-based Intuitive Entertainment, the 8 x 60 minute series will provide five up-and-coming hip hop artists between the ages of 12 and 16 the opportunity to be mentored by seasoned hip hop and R&B producer Jermaine Dupri.
Special guests Usher, Ludacris, Da Brat, T.I. and Silentó will help Dupri mold the emerging artists into rap’s next star with one contestant walking away with a record contract on Dupri’s record label, So So Def Recordings.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Dupri previously worked with some of the biggest young talents in music, including Bow Wow, Da Brat, Kris Kross and TLC.
Executive producers for the series include Mechelle Collins and Kevin Dill for Intuitive Entertainment; Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Mariana Flynn for Lifetime; and Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere for Flavor Unit Entertainment. In addition, Sean Rankine, Laura Fuest Silva, Jermaine Dupri and Chris Deaux also serve as executive producers.
The Rap Game premieres on January 1 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on Lifetime.