Hulu Series – RapCaviar Presents – Showrunner Steve Rivo Joins Us: Talks New Series, Anthony Bourdain, More

Recently, Hulu released a new series entitled RapCaviar Presents. The series focuses on many of today’s biggest hip hop stars, discussing a variety of issues impacting their music genre and the United States.

In the series, viewers hear commentary from Megan Thee Stallion, Tyler the Creator, Roddy Ricch, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Coi Leray, Post Malone and the City Girls among others.

CYInterview spoke with RapCaviar Presents executive producer Steve Rivo, about how the documentary series came to be. As a producer, writer and director, Mr. Rivo is known for his work on the shows Death Row Stories, The Vice Guide to Everything and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

As the showrunner for the Hulu series, Mr. Rivo shared his take on it:

“I think really just the power and the reach. I haven’t worked on anything recently that has engendered as much interest, particularly among young people that was in the pipeline. … We wanted the stories to go very in-depth, to have rigorous journalism behind them and throughout them and to present to audiences stories that would keep them engaged for you know, 40 plus minutes.”

Two of the six episodes in the series focus on the rise of female rappers and the challenges they face. Steve Rivo said that it was an important topic to focus on in RapCaviar Presents:

“We absolutely needed to cover the kind of explosion of female talent in hip hop right now. So, the question was, how do we do it? … We were basically looking at different artists who we wanted to profile. The whole idea of the series is as you probably know from watching it is that each episode is focused on a particular artist and then but it’s not just really a portrait of that artist, it’s about refracting an important issue in society through the story of that artist.”

As a director, Steve Rivo worked with the late Anthony Bourdain on the final season of his show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The producer gave us his thoughts on why people connected to Mr. Bourdain and what he thinks led to his demise:

“I think it has so much to do with the fact that people saw themselves in him and saw the kind of searching and the humanity that he was able to take from his searching and relate it back to us. … I think it’s really just that he was searching and he was seeking and he kind of saw everything and you know, obviously was struggling with things just like we all do, but I think he was very impulsive and you could see that in the way that he talked and the way that he acted and the way he made his show in a fun way. I mean, he’s super impulsive and great to be with. So, I think that impulsiveness, just, you know, led to something that none of us had, you know, really imagined would ever happen.”

You can watch and listen to the entire CYInterview with Steve Rivo below:

Photo credit: Courtesy of Hulu

Editor’s Note: Steve Rivo would like to acknowledge the following people who worked on RapCaviar Presents, without whom the project would not have been possible. They are: Carl Chery, Liz Gateley, Av Accius, Jeremiah Murphy, Marcus A. Clarke, Karam Gill, Quan Lateef-Hill, Peter J. Scalettar, Wendy J.N. Lee, Farah X and Mandon Lovett.