Last night, Netflix crowned the first king of its debut music talent contest. The first winner of Rhythm + Flow, which aims to find the best up and coming emcees, is 33-year-old Inglewood rapper D Smoke. He wins $250,000 and the chance to play at Spotify’s RapCaviar Live concert in Minneapolis. It’s testament to the series that the final result hasn’t been the only thing driving fans to tune in. The humour, sense of camaraderie and overall quality of performance has transformed what could have been a dull watch into one of the best shows on TV. One tellyheads and music fans can enjoy together. Here’s how Netflix pulled off the impossible and breathed new life into a previously dead format – the televised talent contest.

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