What's it like growing up under the same roof as hip-hop royalty? We'll soon find out. WE tv has given the thumbs up to a new docu-series that will tell the real stories behind several music heavyweights and their famous offspring.
The network has ordered six episodes of "Growing Up Hip Hop," where each episode will focus on how the children of hip-hop stars are tasked with staying true to their identities while pushing the sound and culture forward. From The Hollywood Reporter:
"Set to participate are music legends Damon Dash, Rev. Run, Russell Simmons, Master P, El DeBarge and Pepa and their offspring:
Romeo Miller is a musician, actor (formerly known as Lil' Romeo) and the son of Master P. He’s on track to take over the music empire his father built, but is that really his path or will he veer off course? He consistently leans on close friend Angela for guidance and support.
Angela Simmons, the daughter of rap pioneer Rev. Run and niece of Russell Simmons, is a hip-hop socialite, model and fashion designer of her own line, Foofi. Angela is a social media powerhouse who’s hoping to translate her fashion success into dollars away from the comfort of her father’s fortunes.
Damon “Boogie” Dash is the namesake of his father, Roc-A-Fella co-founder and media mogul, Damon Dash. Like father like son, “Boogie” is also an entrepreneur having co-founded Chipz Cookies as well as a record label and NYC art gallery.
Kristinia DeBarge is the daughter of James DeBarge from the legendary yet troubled group DeBarge, and a singer-songwriter. With her father in prison, Kristinia leans on her uncle, hip-hop legend El DeBarge, as she struggles to choose between family and fame, all while considered the outsider of this tight-knit group.
Egypt Criss, the daughter of Sandra “Pepa” Denton from Salt-N-Pepa and rap icon Treach from Naughty By Nature, is actively pursuing a solo music career. Her overprotective mother, however, has yet to bless her career choice based on her own experiences in the hip-hop industry, which she helped establish.
TJ Mizell, the son of the late Run DMC DJ, Jam Master Jay, has stepped into his father’s shoes as a DJ, spinning at the hottest events and venues around the world, yet always on his mind is his father’s mysterious and still unsolved murder."
"Growing Up Hip-Hop" is set to premiere later this year.
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