‘Rap Sh!t’ S2 Premiere Pushed Back Due To WGA & SAG-AFTRA Strikes
Rap Sh!t fans will have to wait a little longer for its second season, as it’s become the latest production to fall victim to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
Billboard reported that the Issa Rae-produced show, which was originally scheduled to drop on Max on August 10, will now not hit screens until November 9.
What’s more, Rap Sh!t will have a new weekly show drop every week from November 9 forward, with the season finale dropping on December 21.
Due to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, the actors from the show aren’t allowed to do any sort of promotions for the show, including “press tours, personal appearances, interviews, ComiCon/conventions/fan expos, for your consideration events, awards shows, junkets, podcasts, social media, panels or premieres/screenings,” according to the outlet.
Because of these restrictions, it’s unclear whether the viewership of the show will be affected.
Additionally, the show features original music, all of which were written by rappers like PineappleCITI, Ncognita and Dreezy; Devonte Hynes is the show’s music composer.
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However, Issa Rae won’t appear on the show at all, despite her personal connections to the story.
The show centers around two Miami high school girls (played by Aida Osman and KaMillion) that are friends and they decide to fully pursue a rap career, which is loosely based on the formation of JT and Caresha’s City Girls, who are also both on board as executive producers.
“I think this is just such a unique time in Hip Hop, especially when it comes to female rappers, because there’s such an abundance, and it doesn’t feel like they’re all in competition with each other,” Issa Rae told Harper’s Bazaar. “I’m a child of the ’90s, and there used to always be a tendency to put two women against one another.
“It feels like we’re in an era where there’s such a supportive environment now because of that abundance. All of that, combined with just my own story of coming up, became the next story that I wanted to tell.”