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Issa Rae Set to Start Production on New Comedy Series 'Rap Sh*t'

Issa Rae's highly anticipated comedy series, 'Rap Sh*t,' has been picked up by HBO Max which has ordered eight episodes for the first season.

Issa Rae has announced that her comedy series Rap Sh*t has been picked up by HBO Max. The series project was first publicly revealed by Rae in 2019 and has been under development since. HBO Max has reportedly ordered eight episodes for production of the highly anticipated show. Rae will write the pilot for the series and will reportedly executive produce under her multimedia production company Hoorae. Rae shared the good news on Twitter.


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According to Deadline, Rap Sh*t is set in Miama and is about two estranged high school friends who reunite to form a rap group. The exciting new show will see Rae collaborate with writer Syreeta Singleton from her hit show, Insecure. Singleton will executive produce and serve as showrunner.

The show is centered on Miami music and Florida-based hip-hop duo City Girls will reportedly act as co-executive producers, this according to Complex. Additionally, the City Girls' record label's management, Kevin Lee also known as "Coach K" and Pierre "P" Thomas from Quality Control Films will also serve as co-executive producers. According to Variety, Rap Sh*t is primed to be another series hit with Hoorae's Montrel McKay and Sara Rastogi also acting as executive producers.

The announcement of the new series comes after Rae revealed in the beginning of the year that Insecure's latest fifth season would be its last. Rae has been nominated for awards for this year's Emmys, Golden Globes and NAACP Image Awards for her work on Insecure. The casting and production for Rap Sh*t will reportedly start in the middle of this year.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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