Issa Rae, creator and star of HBO’s “Insecure,” has locked down an eight-episode series order at HBO Max for the half-hour comedy “Rap Sh*t.” Rae’s audio content company, Raedio, will handle music supervision for the series, and casting is currently underway for a production start this summer.
The project, first announced in development in October 2019, follows two estranged high school friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group. Rae is writing the pilot 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. 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.
The project continues Rae’s relationship with WarnerMedia. It was announced last month that her critically-acclaimed HBO comedy series, “Insecure,” will wrap with its upcoming fifth season, set to debut sometime later this year. Rae is also currently an executive producer on “A Black Lady Sketch Show” at HBO, which was renewed for a second season in August.