by Madeline Forwerck. Published on May 7, 2021.
Writer Aida Osman, rapper KaMillion and comedian Jonica Booth will lead the cast of Rap Sh*t, Issa Rae’s newest half-hour comedy series for HBO Max. Set in Miami, the story follows three working women who come together to form a rap group.
Osman — best known for hosting the Crooked Media podcast Keep It — will play Shawna, an aspiring rapper who works a day job at an upscale hotel. With writing credits at Netflix’s Big Mouth and Complex’s Group Therapy, Osman will also serve as executive story editor.
“Twerk 4 Me” rapper KaMillion portrays Mia, a single mother and makeup artist working multiple jobs while trying to launch her rap career. Standup comedian Booth, known for regular appearances as “Blu” on Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, will round out the trio as Chastity, a sex work manager who calls herself the “Duke of Miami.”
With Rae’s critically acclaimed HBO comedy series Insecure ending with a fifth season later this year, the Rap Sh*t production team contains several familiar faces from the Insecure crew, including showrunner Syreeta Singleton and executive producer Jonathan Berry, who will work with Rae and Montrel McKay of ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ for Hoorae Productions.
Also recruited by Rae, hip hop duo Caresha “Yung Miami” Brownlee and Jatavia “JT” Johnson (aka City Girls) will co-executive produce alongside Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas, with Sadé Clacken Thomas set to direct the pilot. Production begins this summer.
Photo Cred: Aida Osman, KaMillion and Jonica Booth. Photos via HBO