Detroit rapper hangs tough on Netflix show with Cardi B, T.I. and Chance the Rapper

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Cardi B, T.I. and Chance the Rapper all see something special in Detroit-based rapper Sam Be Yourself. 

The local lyricist is one of the few remaining artists in the Netflix talent competition "Rhythm + Flow," which debuted Oct. 9. The series is set up kind of similar to "American Idol" except the genre is strictly hip-hop and the scenes are set mostly in small clubs.

The judges are the three genre heavyweights, who give honest feedback with the help of some guest commentators like Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe and others. 

Sam Be Yourself is a Detroit-area rapper on the Netflix show "Rhythm & Flow"

Sam Be Yourself was picked up at a Chicago audition led by Chance the Rapper, Twista and Royce Da 5'9" in the first group of episodes, making him one of 30 rappers picked to go to Los Angeles, and the only one from the Motor City. He lasted through three more rounds, including a rap battle. 

The show also guest featured late rapper Nipsey Hussle in its premiere episode. The 33-year-old was fatally shot in his South Los Angeles clothing store in March. T.I. recruited Nipsey Hussle to help him scout out local talent and paid tribute to him at the end of the episode saying, “little did I know that would be the last we’d see each other,” T.I. said.

Find out who wins the glory — and the $250,000 no-strings-attached cash prize — when the final three episodes of "Rhythm + Flow" are released Wednesday on Netflix. 

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