FUSE is bringing the rap hustle to the small screen with its first scripted series The Hustle.
The special six-episode, half-hour show puts the spotlight on the struggles of breaking it into the music biz, following up-and-coming rap duo Kutta and D, also known as "Brooklyn's Finest." As they try to juggle their friendship and aspirations, their childhood friend and A&R rep Ya-Ya tries to land them a record deal. The series stars Y'lan Noel and London Brown as rap duo Kutta and D, along with Erica Dickerson as Ya-Ya and Clinton Lowe as Rashad, the duo's sidekick.
"I created the show because I was a huge fan of hip-hop growing up and I always felt that shows that tackled the hip-hop space were made either super cartoon-y or very dark, ominous and scary...I just wanted to do something I would watch," says show creator Prentice Penny. "Hip-hop is a fickle audience, myself included, and the show had to be real...It allowed the hip-hop community to be like, 'This is a world where we can all exist' and it kinda makes the show ground-breaking in a way because there hasn't been anything like this..."
Viewers can also expect cameos from well-known rap stars, including rappers Jadakiss, Freddie Gibbs, Red Cafe, Travis Porter and Nipsey Hussle, along with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, DJ Whoo Kid and DJ Skee.
Tune in for the series premiere of The Hustle on Wednesday, June 19 at 11/10c.