Sorry, but Cardi B's rap talent show Rhythm + Flow is the best thing on Netflix right now.

So, a strange thing happened this week.

Faced with the unavoidable conundrum of having already watched all the good shows on Netflix but needing something to binge before The Crown season 3 comes out soon, I settled on a new TV series called Rhythm + Flow.

I wasn’t expecting much from the rap talent show competition judged by female rapper Cardi B, but little did I know I would be completely hooked by the end of the first episode. (Oh, and I’ve had the songs from the show stuck in my head ever since.)

You can watch the trailer for Rhythm + Flow below. Post continues after video.

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Rhythm + Flow is Netflix’s first crack at a talent contest-style show, having already conquered true crime and makeover formats with original series like Mindhunter, Making A Murderer and Queer Eye.

But as Snoop Dogg says in just one of the many celebrity appearances throughout the series, “This ain’t The Voice, mother f*cker.”

The best way to describe the 10-episode series is a mix of traditional singing competitions like American Idol and The X Factor, mixed with the rawness of hip hop content like Straight Outta Compton that shows where the genre came from.

In the first four episodes, judges T.I., Chance The Rapper and Cardi B hold auditions in their home cities of Atlanta, Chicago and New York respectively, as well as LA, with the help of rappers who put those places on the map including Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Twista and Lupe Fiasco.

There are lots of ‘drop the beat DJ’s and ‘Yo. Yo. Yo. Yo’s, and we meet countless wannabe rappers, including a guy who starts his performance off by solving a Rubik’s cube. But I was also surprised by how genuinely emotionally invested I was in the top 30 contestants.

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Expect to see a lot of this on Rhythm + Flow. Image: Giphy.
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And a bit of this. Image: Giphy.
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And A LOT of this. Image: Giphy.

From there, the competition provides some epic challenges, from ruthless rap battles and sampling some of the greatest songs in music, to performing on stage with famous artists and turning around an original song AND music video in 24 hours. Along the way, the contestants meet and work with some of their idols including John Legend, Miguel, Ty Dolla $ign, Jadakiss, Big Boi and DJ Khaled (the guy who says 'another one' in all of his songs).

We also learn about just how long some of these aspiring rappers have been trying to make it in the biz through their stories. Many contestants speak of how music helped them avoid gang violence or working on the streets growing up, and how they use rap to deal with family tragedies of police brutality and incarceration.

It's intense and emotional and no, you can't really understand what Cardi B is saying most of the time, but it's also some of the most uplifting TV I've watched in ages.

So I'm calling it. Rhythm + Flow is the best thing on Netflix right now and you ought to start watching it immediately.

But be warned. You may find yourself thinking you too could be a rapper by the end of it, which from experience, doesn't end well for anyone.

You can watch all 10 episodes of Rhythm + Flow on Netflix now.

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