Jermaine Dupri

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Lifetime will soon be throwing its hat into the world of hip-hop-themed reality shows.

Rap royalty Queen Latifah and hip-hop heavyweight Jermaine Dupri will team with the network to produce an unscripted series called The Rap Game.

Based in Atlanta’s ever thriving hip-hop scene, the eight-episode series will follow five, young hip hop artists, ranging from 12 to 16 years old, who get a chance to work with Dupri to pursue their dreams of stardom. Each week, established artists such as Da Brat, Ludacris, TIP, and Usher will stop by to help guide the contestants as they try to secure a recording contract with Dupri’s So So Def label.

Dupri will also serve as executive producer of the series along with Latifah and her longtime Flavor Unit partner Shakim Compere.

“Hip-hop is where Latifah and I came from so it’s great to be able to produce a television show that is derived from our roots,” Compere said. “The show is going to be a lot of fun.”

The Rap Game will premiere on New Years Day and air every Friday at 10 p.m. est

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