HBO’s new show Rap Sh!t is a bop! It’s about two women with different personalities trying to make it as respectable rappers in Miami, Florida. The show was created by actress, producer, Golden Globe nominee & Emmy nominee, NAACP winner AND Insecure creator Issa Rae. (I had to give sis her flowers).
Here are some facts about the show:
1. The City Girls Are Co-Executive Producers
Rap Sh!t is loosely based on the lives of City Girls JT and Yung Miami. Being that the show is inspired by them, they are listed as co-executive producers on it, as well as their managers.
2. Mia is an artist in real life
Mia, played by KaMillion, is a Florida rapper in real life and goes by the name KaMillion
3. Duke is a St. Louis native
Duke, played by Jonica Booth is from Da Lou, woot woot! She is also know for starring season 12 of Bad Girls Club
4. Jay Ellis directed Episode 10 “Something For the Road“
Jay Ellis, who plays Lawrence in the show Insecure directed the last episode of the first season.
5. Recurring Insecure Characters
Issa blessed us with two rememberable characters from the Insecure series, Dro and Tasha. Dro, play by Sarunas Jackson, was Mollys side dude and married friend. Tasha, played by Dominique Perry, was Lawrence’s first fling after him and Issa broke up. In Rap Sh!t, she plays Mia’s shady friend who doesn’t like Shawna at all because she’s different; she has a semi-recurring role. Sarunas only appeared in the first episode for 2 minutes.
Fun Fact, Dominique and Sarunas have a beauty baby girl together in real life!
6. Shawna READ the Industry
Shawna, played by Aida Oscan, was a conscious rapper but in order to “win” she dummied down her raps and appearance to her seen in the industry.
In episode 3, when her and Mia were talking at the bar of the Plymouth hotel, she explained that there’s a formula when you’re a female artist in the industry, which get your body done, make a song about it, then people will start caring about your music. She added that everyone looks the same and every female rapper’s success is tied to a man that wants to have sex with them. She brought up the point that Biggie made Lil Kim his side chick then tossed her; then Big Fendi did it to Nicki.
I’m hoping this gets picked up for a second season because it shows the perspective of a female artist trying to come up in the industry.
What did y’all think of the show?
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