Issa Rae And The Cast Of HBO Max “Rap Sh*t” Starts Production

It was announced earlier this year that Issa Rae has landed an eight-episode series order at HBO Max for the half-hour comedy “Rap Sh*t.”

The project was first announced as being in development in October 2019. It follows two estranged high school friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group.

Rae is writing the pilot for the series and will executive produce under her Hoorae production banner, with Montrel McKay of Hoorae also executive producing. Syreeta Singleton, who worked with Rae as a writer on “Insecure,” will executive produce and serve as showrunner. Singleton most recently worked as a writer on the Apple animated series “Central Park.”!!

Jonathan Berry and Dave Becky of 3 Arts will also executive produce. Hip hop duo Yung Miami and JT of City Girls 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.

The show is now is production:

The cast of Rap Sh*t is a mix of actors, comedians, and real-life rappers. Love and Hip Hop: Miami star KaMillion will play Mia, a makeup artist, and a single mother to a four-year-old daughter, who works three jobs to make ends meet. KaMillion is best known for her song “Twerk 4 Me.” She’s also a Grammy Award–winning songwriter who’s written for Rihanna and H.E.R.

Comedian Aida Osman will play Shawna, an aspiring rapper who has a day job at a hotel. Osman is best known for hosting the Crooked Media culture and politics podcast Keep It. She has also written on HBO’s Betty and Netflix’s Big Mouth, and she’s credited as a writer on Rap Sh*t as well, via Variety.

The rest of the cast includes the people who Shawna and Mia encounter in Miami, and Shawna’s friends and music industry connections. Bad Girls Club alum Jonica “Blue” Booth will play Chastity, a “sex work manager” who calls herself the Duke of Miami, via Deadline. Devon Terrell, who played a college-age Barack Obama in the 2016 Netflix film Barry, will play Cliff, Shawna’s long-distance boyfriend who is a law student in New York. Comedian Jaboukie Young-White plays Francois Boom, Shawna’s former schoolmate who produces for a rapper who recently blew up, Reina Reign.

We can’t wait to see the show!