UPDATED: 9:07 A.M. ET, Feb 12, 2021 —
With Issa Rae’s announcement that her hit show Insecure would be filming its final season, many of us were in shock, but we all assumed her working relationship with HBO Max would continue. One thing for certain is that Issa Rae will always be spreading her creativity somewhere, so why not in the place she’s most familiar with?
HBO Max has placed an 8 episode order for a new series from Issa tentatively titled, “Rap Sh*t.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premise of the show may sound familiar and reflect the real-life story of 2 of the co-executive producers: JT and Yung Miami from the City Girls.
The show will follow two estranged high school friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group. Casting is currently underway and production is set to start this summer. Insecure and Central Park alum Syreeta Singleton will serve as the showrunner, while Rae will pen the pilot. Rae and Singleton will executive producer alongside HOORAE’s Montrel McKay (A Black Lady Sketch Show), Jonathan Berry (Insecure) and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky (Russian Doll).
Hip hop duo Yung Miami and JT of City Girls will serve as co-executive producers, along with Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas for Quality Control Films and Sara Rastogi for HOORAE. Rae’s audio content company Raedio will handle music supervision for the series.
Issa and HBO Max are sure to have another hit show on their hands; The best part of the streaming wars is the content consumers get to as a result.
The 36-year-old writer and director has had a lot to celebrate lately including the 10 year anniversary of her seminal Youtube series “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl.” The hilarious comedy put Issa on the map for her outrageous humor and her spot-on portrayal of the series character J who gets into a boatload of awkward situations with co-workers and relationships. It evitably set the amazing tone for where she is now in her career.
Congratulations to Issa!