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This is the new must-see HBO Max show 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

The time to die defenseless is over; Now it’s time to celebrate creator Issa Rae’s new show on HBO Max, Rap Sh!t. The comedy, which she previously described as inspired by the rise of female hosts like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, has a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating. It is hailed by critics as “fun” and “energetic”.

Ray’s first TV baby, Insecure, ended its five-season run on HBO in late December, earning several Emmy Award nominations (albeit outrageously none in the final season). To continue, she shifts the setting from south Los Angeles to Miami. While Rae wrote the premiere episode and co-wrote the ending with showrunner Sirita Singleton, she doesn’t star in Rap Sh!t herself.

Instead, stars Aida Osman and KaMillion play an up-and-coming rap duo trying to make it in the music business. The story parallels that of Miami City Girls, JT and Yung Miami serving as co-executive producers.

Here’s the inside story on Rap Sh!t, one of our top picks for what to watch this weekend.

What is Rap Sh!t about?

Rap Sh!t is about two high school friends who drift apart and reunite at the age of 20 to form a rap duo. Shona (Aida Osman) has already been burned by the industry after dropping out of college to work with a shady producer. She has achieved average, fleeting success, but now works in a hotel during the day and releases obscure tracks online at night. She basically gave up on her dream of becoming a famous, socially conscious rapper.

Meanwhile, Mia (KaMillion) is a single mother trying to support her daughter with various part-time jobs, including makeup and an OnlyFans account. She also has a large following on Instagram.

When they return to each other’s orbit, they instantly click. After a drunken night of partying and freestyle, they decide to form a band. Using social media platforms, their songs soon gain the attention of fans.

But this is not a Cinderella story. The music business isn’t easy, especially for black female rappers. The two are having a hard time getting their first single “Seduce and Scheme” to play anywhere.

Aida Osman as Shauna and KaMillion as Mia in Rap Sh!t

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In addition, Shona and Mia have different approaches to cooperation. This season (and hopefully in the future) it should be very exciting.

Rap Sh!t Reviews: What the Critics Think

Rap Sh!t currently has 100% Rotten Tomatoes. (will open in a new tab) rating out of 13 reviews. While it hasn’t been certified fresh yet, it will most likely get that designation once new reviews come out. The current critical consensus reads, “Issa Rae’s razor-sharp sensibility is fully felt in Rap Sh!t, a rowdy chronicle of female camaraderie and youthful ambition.”

AV club (will open in a new tab) Quincy LeGuardier calls the show “a fun and experimental comedy based on rising star talent and authentic, complex black stories.”

Lovia Ghiarkje at Hollywood Reporter (will open in a new tab) calls it “a brilliant, entertaining show that prioritizes wit and fun; it’s less whimsical than Donald Glover’s Atlanta and not as satirical as Dave, two other shows that feature rappers’ attempts to break through.”

Aisha Harris of NPR (will open in a new tab) says, “There’s probably enough here for hip-hop fans and Insecure fans to chew on and be content as they wait to see where Shauna and Mia go next.”

Lorraine Ali of the Los Angeles Times writes, “The chemistry between the team is immediately palpable with outstanding performances from Osman, KaMillion and Jonica Booth, who portrays the con artist Chastity.”

Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone (will open in a new tab) writes that the show’s social media integration “doesn’t always work, but it’s an interesting follow-up to Insecure for creator Issa Rae and showrunner Sirita Singleton.”

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