After the smashing success of the first episode of “The Hustle”, there’s a palpable online buzz regarding this realistic hip hop show. And while the actors were great in the premiere, the man to thank for making all of this happen is Prentice Penny. He’s the creator, executive producer and the dude with the plan.
By watching the show, you know he’s a hip hop head who has a pulse on what we love. But he’s also put in work behind the scenes on a number of television shows. Beginning in 2005, he was a writer on “Girlfriends”. He then went on to write for and produce a number of other TV series including “Happy Endings” and “Scrubs”. He’s regarded in the industry as a rising superstar — and his latest endeavor has made me a believer.
Explaining why he decided to create “The Hustle”, Prentice Penny had this to say: “I was a huge fan of hip hop growing up. I always felt that shows that tackled the hip hop space made the shows either really cartoony or very dark and ominous and scary. I felt that neither one was a real representation of the world.”
Listen more to what he has to say in the exclusive interview on Fuse: