MTV's brand-new late-night talk show "Hip Hop POV" premieres tonight (April 11) at midnight ET, featuring candid interviews with superstars Lil Wayne and Akon, along with an in-studio appearance and performance from Def Jam rapper 2 Chainz.
The weekly talk show stars a roundtable of music-industry insiders — Charlamagne Tha God, Bu Thiam, Devi Dev, Amanda Seales and Sowmya Krishnamurthy — who collectively bring their unique perspectives and experiences from the worlds of radio, record labels, journalism and artistry.
Radio veteran and Power 105 "Breakfast Club" co-host Charlamagne Tha God is known for his pointed (and often controversial) commentary, while Def Jam A&R Bu Thiam has earned his reputation for having a golden ear, working with artists ranging from Jay-Z and Kanye West to T-Pain.
Devi Dev can be heard on the "Sway in the Morning" radio show on Sirius XM, and she has garnered a multi-market radio perspective with stints in Los Angeles and Houston. Amanda Seales has dipped her hand into several ventures in the industry as an on-air personality and DJ, while social-media maven and burgeoning journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy is known for her critical writing, which has appeared in outlets including Vibe, XXL, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone and MTV's RapFix blog.
Tonight's debut episode features insider access as "Hip Hop POV" visits rapper Lil Wayne in Miami, as well as Akon on the set of his new music video featuring French Montana. 2 Chainz, who has caught the ear of everyone with his recent appearance on Kanye West's "Mercy," will perform two of his biggest songs and sit down with the entire cast for an interview.
Upcoming episodes will feature a veritable who's who of hip-hop, from Meek Mill and Pharrell to up-and-comers like A$AP Rocky.
Don't miss tonight's premiere episode of "MTV's Hip Hop POV" at midnight ET on MTV. The conversation-based show highlights some of today's hottest news and more from a cast of hip-hop tastemakers. Fans can also join in on the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #HipHopPOV.