The upcoming show will be a Hip Hop talent format where celebrities go head-to-head in rap battles before a king or queen is crowned at the end. Developed by G-Unit Film & Television and produced with SFO Entertainment, the series is said to include iconic Hip Hop mentors.
50 Cent is on board to executive produce Unrapped alongside Antonio Collier, Jon Sheinberg, Susie Ursitti Sheinberg, Gwen Osborne and Matt Feige, with casting currently underway.
“I am excited to expand my relationship with ABC,” 50 Cent said in a statement. “Unrapped brings G-Unit Film and Television’s ability to put incredible music and musical talent on screen to the competition space.”
The rapper, actor and producer also posted the news on Instagram with the caption, “This is gonna be so cool, think Hip Hop’s American idol On ABC. Green Light Gang.”
50 Cent has collaborated with ABC in the past through legal drama For Life, which was canceled by the network after two seasons but close to being picked up by IMDb TV for a third season.
Despite working on countless shows in recent years, Unrapped will mark 50 Cent’s first dive into reality television since 2013’s Dream School, a SundanceTV series that followed high school dropouts being taught by celebrities.
Unrapped is set to rival Netflix’s Hip Hop competition series, Rhythm + Flow, which includes an all-star judge panel of its own in Cardi B, T.I. and Chance The Rapper. The first season’s episodes were released throughout October 2019, with D Smoke ending up being crowned the winner of the show. A second season is expected to be released at some point in 2021.