Hip Hop Squares (partially found MTV2 spin-off of Heatter-Quigley game show; 2012)

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The show's poster for it's premiere.

Status: Partially Found

Hip Hop Squares was a spin-off of the Heatter-Quigley game show Hollywood Squares that first aired on MTV2 from May 22[1] to December 18, 2012 airing 20 episodes and was the first iteration of the Hollywood Squares format since the original show's end in 2004. While the show would end up being short-lived, it would become the highest rated program on MTV2 with it's series premiere bringing in 329,000 viewers[2]. The show was hosted by wrestling personality Peter Rosenberg during it's run on MTV2 and was announced by actress Nichole Lyn (under the moniker "DJ Ms. Nix"). The show would be brought back on VH1 five years after it ended with comedian DeRay Davis hosting and rap icon Ice Cube (who produced the VH1 version) announcing[3] and would last two seasons, ending in 2019. Episodes from the VH1 version are readily available online, but episodes from the show's MTV2 run are surprising very hard to find.

Format[edit | edit source]

The format of the show is the same as the 1980's run of Hollywood Squares, which is tic-tac-toe with a square being claimed by the current player by agreeing or disagreeing correctly with the answer the celebrity in the square gives to a question given by the show's host. A win in the first two rounds awards the player $500 and a win in the third round awards the player $1,000. Round two is referred to as the "G-Spot" (originally named the Secret Square) and agreeing or disagreeing correctly with the answer the celebrity in the square that is the "G-Spot" awards the player a $1,000 bonus but does not affect the game's scores. The player with the most money goes onto the bonus round. The winning player selects a row of three celebrities from the board and the host asks the celebrities a question and they give three separate answers. If the player selects the correct answer, they win $2,500.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

# Celebrities Contestants Airdate Status
1 Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, Kat Graham, Machine Gun Kelly, Tech N9NE, Donnell Rawlings, Khaled, Fat Joe, Ghostface Killah Alejandro vs. Inqu May 22, 2012 Partially Lost
2 JB Smoove, Bam Margera, Maino, Donnell Rawlings, Ghostface Killah, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Miss Info, Ralphie May Justin vs. Joya May 29, 2012 Lost
3 Fat Joe, Angie Martinez, DJ Khaled, Owen Smith, Biz Markie, DeRay Davis, The Mix, Donnell Rawlings, Nick Cannon Kevin vs. Faven June 5, 2012 Lost
4 Fat Joe, Draya Michele, DJ Khaled, Andrew Schulz, Dev, Rachel Feinstein, Biz Markie, Lil Duval, Common Francois vs. Daniela June 12, 2012 Partially Found
5 Fat Joe, Amber Rose, DJ Khaled, Chiddy Bang, Lamarr Woodley, Vinny, Biz Markie, Damien Lemon, Method Man Nick vs. Jessica June 19, 2012 Partially Found
6 Fat Joe, Miss Info, DJ Khaled, Far East Movement, Bam Margera, Dov Davidoff, Ghostface Killah, Donnell Rawlings, JB Smoove Marco vs. Annie June 26, 2012 Lost
7 DJ Khaled, DeRay Davis, Drita D'avanzo, Asher Roth, 2chainz, Lil Duval, Biz Markie, Sway, Fat Joe Unknown July 3, 2012 Partially Lost
8 Nick Cannon, Jessica White, DeRay, Angie Martinez, Lil Duval, Sway, Ghostface Killah, Khaled, Fat Joe Unknown July 10, 2012 Lost
9 J.B. Smoove, Questlove, Miss Info, Maino, Bam Margera, Donnell Rawlings, Ghostface Killah, DJ Khaled Unknown October 17, 2012 Partially Found
10 Mac Miller, Owen Smith, Kat Graham, Machine Gun Kelly, Tech N9ne, Donnell Rawlings, Ghostface Killah, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe Unknown October 23, 2012 Lost
11 Method Man, Vinny, Amber Rose, Hannibal Buress, Chiddy Bang, Damien Lemon, Biz Markie, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe Unknown October 23, 2012 Partially Found
12 Common, Rachel Feinstein, Draya Michele, Dev, Andrew Schulz, Lil Duval, Biz Markie, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe Unknown October 30, 2012 Lost
13 Nick Cannon, DeRay Davis, Jessica White, Angie Martinez, Owen Smith, Lil Duval, Ghostface Killah, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe Unknown October 30, 2012 Lost
14 Fat Joe, DeRay Davis, Drita D'avanzo, Asher Roth, DJ Ms. Nix, Lil Duval, Biz Markie, DJ Khaled, Sway Unknown November 6, 2012 Lost
15 J.B. Smoove, Dov Davidoff, Miss Info, Far East Movement, Bam Margera, Donnell Rawlings, Ghostface Killah, Fat Joe, Nick Cannon Unknown November 20, 2012 Lost
16 Common, Rachel Feinstein, Draya Michele, Dev, Andrew Schulz, Lil Duval, Biz Markie, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe Christian .vs. Sandy November 27, 2012 Partially Lost
17 Method Man, Vinny, Amber Rose, Lamarr Woodley, Chiddy Bang, Lil Duval, Biz Markie, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe Unknown December 4, 2012 Partially Found
18 Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, Kat Graham, Machine Gun Kelly, Tech N9ne, Donnell Rawlings, Ghostface Killah, DJ Khaled, DeRay Davis Unknown December 11, 2012 Lost
19 J.B. Smoove, Owen Smith, Miss Info, Maino, Bam Margera, Donnell Rawlings, Ghostface Killah, DJ Khaled Unknown December 18, 2012 Lost
20 Biz Markie, DeRay Davis, Drita D'avanzo, Asher Roth, 2chainz, Lil Duval, Sherrod Small, DJ Khaled Unknown December 18, 2012 Lost

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Avaliblity[edit | edit source]

All 20 episodes of the MTV2 version of the show were available on MTV2's website until 2015 when the show's episodes were moved to MTV's website. The show became available on the site until 2016 and the show was removed from MTV's website entirely when the VH1 version started airing. One episode featuring game show journalist Christian Carrion as a contestant was available on YouTube for a short time, but has since vanished and Carrion revealed in a Facebook post on July 28, 2021 that he is no longer in possession of his episode[5]. Despite that, clips from the episode have resurfaced. Various clips from the show were used in promos for the show, but only one can be found today, but any full episodes are lost.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Promo[edit | edit source]

Promo for the show

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