(The Wrap-Up Magazine)
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.
"Hip-hop is a hugely popular music genre, but beyond the songs it has
become a lifestyle and has influenced a generation of young people," WE
tv president Marc Juris said. “Growing Up Hip Hop profiles
what it’s like to be raised by hip-hop legends, living in their shadow
while trying to balance success and independence. This series will be
right at home in our growing lineup focused on the authenticity and the
challenges of real people and real relationships, and we can’t wait to
share these distinctive original stories with WE tv viewers."
Growing Up Hip Hop is executive produced by eOne's John Morayniss and Tara Long; Miller, Angela Simmons, Percy Robert Miller (Master P) and Datari Turner whose Datari Turner Productions co-produces. WE tv's Lauren Gellert, Suzanne Murch and Mark Powell will oversee for WE tv.
For WE tv, the series comes as the cabler posted 8 percent and 10
percent gains among women 18-39 and women 25-53, respectively, in its
recently concluded second quarter. The series will join a roster of
originals that also includes Braxton Family Values and Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars,
both of which are on pace to deliver their best seasons yet. WE tv is
the No. 1 cable network on Thursday nights among African-American adults
and women 18-49 and 25-54.
Growing Up Hip-Hop will premiere in late 2015. A specific date has not yet been determined.