50 Cent is developing a hip-hop competition series titled Unrapped via his G-Unit Film & Television for ABC.
Dubbed as Hip-Hop’s American Idol, the show will follow a rap battle format that sees celebrities compete with the help of the music industry’s most iconic mentors. The contestants will go head-to-head in rap battles until a king or queen is crowned. Casting is currently underway.
In a statement on his new project, Fifty said, “I am excited to expand my relationship with ABC; Unrapped brings G-Unit Film and Television’s ability to put incredible music and musical talent on screen to the competition space.”
Antonio Collier, Susie Ursitti Sheinberg, Jon Sheinberg, Gwen Osborne and Matt Feige will executive produce alongside Curtis Jackson (50 Cent’s real name). G-Unit Film & Television is producing with SFO Entertainment
This news comes on the heels of 50 Cent’s ABC drama For Life being canceled after two seasons. IMDBTV has since picked up the series. It may continue to a third season if it performs well on the Amazon-owned free streamer.
This is not the first time 50 added TV producing to his long resume. For Starz, the rapper produced projects such as Power and Black Mafia Family. He also produced the true crime anthology series titled Confessions of a crime Queen for Discovery+. Though ABC has yet to confirm and give the new show, Unrapped a go-ahead, it is reported that casting is already underway.
This also isn’t the first reality show the rapper has launched under his G-Unit Film and Television banner. In 2013, he released Dream School, a reality series that followed high school dropouts being taught by celebrities for SundanceTV.
Unrapped is just one of the many shows 50 Cent has in the pipelines and already on TV. Jackson has the Power universe on Starz as well as the upcoming series Black Mafia Family on Starz as well. He is also developing Let Me Hear A Rhyme for Peacock and has a straight-to-series order for true crime anthology series Confessions of a Crime Queen for Discovery+.