Hip Hop/rap is the biggest genre in the world, generating billions of dollars every year. So, it was only a matter of time before leading gossip/news site TMZ launched its own show dedicated to the culture. On Thursday (April 7), the Harvey Levin-led publication announced a new show called TMZ Hip Hop, which will dissect some of rap’s biggest stories using a panel of five co-hosts.
The daily show – hosted by Amber Diamond, DJ Hed, Cynthia Luciette, Rodney Rika and Tonio Skits – debuts on Monday (April 11) and will run for four weeks.
“TMZ Hip Hop is long overdue, and yet, right on time. We’re on the heels of what I’d argue is one of Hip Hop’s biggest pop culture moments – Dr. Dre’s incredible Super Bowl halftime show – which reminded the world how much the genre is beloved,” executive producer Charles Latibeaudiere said in a statement. “The fact is, it’s been that way for 30, almost 40 years … so, it’s beyond time for a show all about the personalities who’ve made Hip Hop a worldwide phenomenon. And, I have to say … this group loves talking about it, they have a lot of fun.”
TMZ Hip Hop joins TMZ and TMZ Live, which air on Fox-owned stations and some affiliates across the country. Fox acquired TMZ from WarnerMedia in a $50 million deal last September. TMZ Hip Hop is coming to Fox-owned stations in 10 major markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Phoenix and Minneapolis. It’s produced by TMZ Studios, while Latibeaudiere is executive producer and former HipHopDX Editor-In-Chief Trent Clark and Jess Fusco serve as co-executive producers.
Check out the teaser below.