A New Issa Rae’s Comedy Series for HBO Max Titled Rap Sh!t Is On the Way

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Rap Sh!t, a new comedic series from Issa Rae, will debut on HBO Max. The eight-episode television show centers on Shawna and Mia, two former Miami high school classmates who reunite to establish a rap duo.

Rap Sh!t Release Date Announced!

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Rap Sh!t © HBO Max

On July 21 the first two episodes of the season will be released, and it will end in September with one episode released each week.

Rap Sh!t Cast: Who Will Be In It?

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Rap Sh!t © HBO Max

Along with Jonica Booth, Devon Terrell, and RJ Cyler, Aida Osman and KaMillion are cast in the upcoming HBO Max original as Shawna and Mia, respectively. Rae, who was nominated for an Emmy, wanted the show to feel genuine because it is set in Miami. “When KaMillion came onscreen, the first thing she said in her video audition was, ‘I am M.I.A. and M.I.A. is me,’ in her little Florida accent,” she remarked in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar on the casting. We knew we had found Mia when we witnessed her performance, of course. Adding to it,

She epitomized every quality this character should have. She is a rapper in real life, which first frightened me a little bit because I wanted Mia to be her own unique being. I don’t want people to look at her and instantly recognize everything.

Osman’s casting took longer than KaMillion’s because she was initially employed as a writer for the show. But Aida was a witty rapper who was both cocky and self-deprecating at the same time, according to Rae. Aida helped us identify Shawna’s identity. The chemistry test between Aida and KaMillion made it obvious that we should cast her in the show even though we had really recruited her as a writer first.

In addition, Rae co-wrote the closing episode with Syreeta Singleton and the opening episode. “Since there are so many female rappers and it doesn’t seem like they are all in competition with one another, I believe that this is a very remarkable period in hip-hop. I grew up in the 1990s, and back then, it was commonplace to pit two women against one another “Rae commented on the program.

Rap Sh!t Plot: The series is all about navigating Black womanhood.

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Rap Sh!t © HBO Max

Aida Osman and KaMillion, the stars of Rap Sh!t, spoke with BAZAAR.com exclusively about what fans can anticipate from the show this summer.

“Many young Black women are currently struggling with how to generate money, be successful, and establish themselves as brands. seriously, all females! Nowadays, it’s part of the work to learn how to run a business, especially if you’re a young creative “On the program, Osman stated. “It’s no longer simply about the art. It also has to do with the business side of things. How do you promote yourself? How can you encourage people to actually listen to your music? How do you make others appreciate your art? What does that mean to you personally? It is about overcoming obstacles to achieve success, and once you do, you may redefine happiness.”

According to Issa Rae, the rise of real-life rappers like Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B, as well as how social media played a significant role in their popularity, served as inspiration for her. In order to tell the tale of Shawna and Mia’s journey to stardom, Rap Sh!t will incorporate elements of social media, such as Instagram and live streaming.

“Social media is such a significant component of the rise of so many of the female rappers we see today and even the music business as a whole. Being well-known at this time depends so much on your output, “Rae stated. “Knowing that people are watching and wondering how sincere we truly are amazes me. Without social media, I don’t believe this generation of female rap would exist.”

Rap Sh!t Trailer

In a teaser video for the new show, viewers get a sneak peek at the wild exploits of Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion), who reunite and decide to form a rap group on their own. Watch the brand-new clip up top.

Rae, the show’s creator Singleton, and Montrel McKay for Hoorae all served as executive producers for Rap Sh!t. Additionally, executive producing for 3 Arts Entertainment will be done by Deniese Davis, Jonathan Berry, and Dave Becky.

Co-executive producers include Sara Rastogi for Hoorae, Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas for Quality Control Films, and the hip-hop combo Yung Miami and JT of City Girls.