You Won’t Believe Cardi B’s Salary for Netflix’s ‘Rhythm + Flow’

Cardi B made a name for herself as a rapper, but she can now add “host” to her résumé. In 2019, Cardi B hosted Netflix’s new competition series, Rhythm + Flow, alongside T.I. and Chance the Rapper. The Grammy-winning artist brought a lot of attention and expertise to the show, so it was only right that she received a hefty payout. However, you probably never guessed that she’d make this kind of cash. Let’s get into Cardi B’s salary for Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow.

Cardi B at an award show in 2019
Cardi B at an award show in 2019 | Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/AFP via Getty Images

Warning: This post contains spoilers.

What is ‘Rhythm + Flow’?

Rhythm + Flow is a competition series looking for the hottest hip hop artist in the country. It has drawn comparisons to shows such as American Idol and The Voice. But unlike those programs, the hosts make the eliminations rather than basing them on viewer votes.

The 10-episode series occasionally features guest hosts, who help make the decisions. The first and most recent season, which began airing in early October and wrapped later that month, had guest hosts such as Snoop Dogg, Quavo, and Teyana Taylor.

In the end, the winner is given a $250,000 prize instead of a contract. They are free to use the money however they want.

The season one winner was a California artist named D Smoke. A former Spanish and music theory teacher, D Smoke wowed the judges with his lyrical prowess and ability to seamlessly weave various sounds and influences into his music. He’s been compared to Kendrick Lamar, who is signed to the same label as D Smoke’s brother, SiR.

D Smoke won over fellow finalists Londynn B, Troyman, and Flawless Real Talk. He told Entertainment Tonight in October that he planned on investing his winnings and saving some for a “rainy day.”

How much did Cardi B make on ‘Rhythm + Flow’

Cardi B has repeatedly told us that she’s all about making shmoney moves — and she means it. According to Variety, Cardi B made a whopping $500,000 per episode. If you’re doing the math, that means she made $5 million from the show.

As for her peers? Variety reports that Chance the Rapper also made $500,000 per episode. A multitalented artist, Chance the Rapper was able to give the contestants tips on music, stage presence, delivery, and more.

T.I.’s salary is unknown, but we’re sure it isn’t too far off. T.I. is a rap legend, known for hits such as “Whatever You Like,” “Live Your Life,” and “Bring Em Out.” As the founder of Grand Hustle Records, T.I. has experience shaping artists and was able to guide contestants on their journeys to fame. That kind of experience surely comes at a cost.

Will there be another season of ‘Rhythm + Flow’?

As of writing, Netflix has not officially announced Rhythm + Flow Season 2. But it seems likely that there will be another installment. Upon its release, the series received overwhelmingly positive reviews and was dubbed a breakout hit.

According to Screenrant, season 2 could premiere as early as October 2020. But you’ll have to wait for Netflix to make an official announcement.

We’ll let you know when it does.