One of comedy's greatest, Issa Rae, is gearing up to release her latest masterpiece, Rap Sh*t, a dedication to friendship and women breaking through the male-dominated rap scene. And knowing Issa Rae, there will be some hilarious moments in between. The sophomore comedy series from Insecure's very own Issa Rae, is eight episodes at a half-hour each, and we can't wait.
Soon to be home to HBO Max, Rap Sh*t was written by Insecure's Issa Rae, so we know we're in for a lot of laughs and good raps. The promising hit comedy show follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna(Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion) who come back together and decide to form a rap group while facing the difficulties of young Black adulthood. "It’s comedy, it’s storytelling, it’s music, it’s fine b*tches!," Osman commented in her recent conversation with Harper’s BAZAAR.
If you haven't watched Insecure, it's hilarious, so what are you waiting for? But let me give you the run-down real quick. The comedy follows Issa herself and her complicated yet loving relationships, work struggles, and triumphs while set in the beautiful city of L.A. So when it came down to producing Rap Sh*t, according to Issa, the comedy was developed based on Insecure's original script and Rae's secret love for rapping. "I think this is just such a unique time in hip-hop, especially for female rappers, because there's such an abundance, and it doesn't feel like they're all in competition with each other." Rae continues to explain how Rap Sh*t is representative of her own life. "It feels like we're in an era where there's such a supportive environment now because of that abundance. All of that, combined with just my own story of coming up, became the next story that I wanted to tell."
With Rap Sh!t, "this is kind of like my sophomore album—I consider Awkward Black Girl as my mixtape and Insecure my first album. So with this one, there is pressure, but I’m really excited about it. I hope that people have an open mind—it’s such a fun show," Rae explained. And we of course have an open mind! The sophomore album is premiering at the American Black Film Festival on June 18, and on HBO Max this summer!