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Everything you need to know about Issa Rae’s new series ‘Rap Sh*t’

For those of you prematurely mourning Insecure, you'll be happy to hear Issa Rae's latest project Rap Sh*t is well and truly underway, with filming beginning today. Picked up by HBO max in February, Rap Sh*t will fill the void left after Insecure's fifth and final season premieres at the end of this year. Set in Miami, the eight-part series will follow two estranged friends, Mia and Shawna, as they join forces to create a rap group. We can expect half-hour episodes written by Rae, where she will also executive produce along with Syreeta Singleton, JT from City Girls and hiphop duo Yung Miami.

 

Who will we see in Rap Sh*t?

This time Rae will be taking time away from being in front of the camera, after telling Harpers Bazaar, "I am just kind of trying to figure out balancing the business side and being behind the scenes with how much I actually want to be in front of the camera. I'm figuring that out, and I feel like I'm at another terrifying crossroads of what's next."

For those keeping tabs on the show on Instagram, it will come as no surprise that Grammy-award winning songwriter KaMillion will play the role of Mia, a single mother and makeup artist working three jobs to pay the bills. You may know KaMillion for her 2018 song Twerk 4 Me or from her appearance on Love and Hip Hop: Miami. Alongside KaMillion is comedian Aida Osman, host of the podcast culture Keep It. Osman will play Shawna, an aspiring rapper working in full-time in a hotel. The comedian has written for Netflix's Big Mouth, the HBO skater series Betty and is said to be writing for Rap Sh*t also.

 

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As for the rest of the cast, we will see a series of characters revolve around Shawna and Mia. Chastity or 'The Duke of Miami' as she dubs herself, is a "sex work manager", played by Jonica Booth. Shawna's law-student boyfriend Cliff will be played by Devon Terrell, who we saw in Barry, the Obama biopic. While comedian Jaboukie Young-White is cast as Francois Boom, a successful producer and Shawna's old school mate.

While we don't know a release date yet, we'll be sure to keep you updated when we do. In the meantime, if you're looking for another feel-good TV series, why not try one of these?

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