5 Reasons to Right Now to Watch HBO Max Comedy Rap Sh!t

5 Reasons to Right Now to Watch HBO Max Comedy Rap Sh!t ...

Yesterday was the first day you should be watching Rap Sh!t.

HBO Maxs' new comedy series follows the story and perspective of Shawna (Aida Osman), an aspiring Miami rapper who is currently working at a hotel. Their spontaneous freestyle becomes a viral sensation and the beginning of a promising collaboration.

Rap Sh!t is hyperspecific, funny out loud, and deeply engrossing. With Rae's once-again winning team of writers and directors, Osman and the cast shine. It's a breakout comedy series that shouldn't be missed.

There are five (more) reasons to watch Rap Sh!t on HBO Max.

Shawna laments the state of the growing rap community online, a slew of influencers, social climbers, and the appearance-obsessed, all of whom are significantly lacking in the talent she knows she has. The specific dangers and joys of being an artist in the digital age

Yalls favorites are out here doing the bare minimum with no originality, while im over here living and breathing this rap shit, she says in a social media rant. You dont support me, you dont support us. Yall listen to the same shit over and over again, its tired.

Theres also no denying that the game is the game; this is how people perceive and engage with art now, whether it is music, dance, visual art, or theater; the list goes on. Shawnas difficulty is that she was unable to replicate the momentum she had gained through an impromptu Instagram live performance.

Shawna unexpectedly helps Mia, a high school pal she is no longer connected to in the first episode. The connection lasts until Mia promises to repay the favor, and Shawna finds herself drawn to Mias social media because she puts herself out there without compromising her personality or beliefs.

Mia says on Instagram Live that real bitches are rocking out over realer bitches. Its enough for Shawna to message her to get drinks immediately.

Their friendship quickly blossoms into a genuine rap group as they form a rap group. Whether its out at a club, freestyling, laying down a track, or meeting with industry acquaintances (while taking all of their adventures Live), they rock together through thick and thin. They fall straight into the rhythm and camaraderie of the greatest TV friendships, like Issa and Molly, Abbi and Ilana, Ann and Leslie old or new bonds that last for

Shawna's hesitation to enter the influential and industry game comes from a male producer (Jaboukie) who ended up exploiting and eventually dropping her. Mia is a makeup artist and former stripper who now lives on OnlyFans. She believes that men are in charge of her body and sexuality.

Osman told The Hollywood Reporter that all of us wanted to mention the fact that our bodies are politicized so much and policed; womens bodies in rap become intellectualized before they become celebrated. She will not be free of those criticisms, because she will have to understand what she feels about it.

In Episode 2, Shawna and Mia defy each other's sensibilities, and something about the conversation strikes a chord with both of them. They may be working with someone who doesnt share the same senses, but they respect each other enough to look for a compromise.

Rap Sh!t is a sub-genre Issa Rae, who has always enlisted the help of short filmmaker Sade Clacken Joseph and Osman, who have both written and directed Insecure.

Insecure fans will also remember one of history's best TV playlists, as well as original raps (often between Issa and her reflection); Shawna and Mias' original track is instantly sassy, sexy, and catchy, while the rest of the set is filled with riffs from a slew of artists.

Rap Sh!t's history includes technology and social media, from Shawnas' viral video and freestyle to posts and lives from other characters, shared music videos, FaceTimes, and even OnlyFans' experiences. The show chooses to depict most of this horizontally, which feels weird at first, but eventually becomes quite powerful.

Shawna's music is explored, as well as how she and other rap artists are rebranded as a light-skinned Black rapper on Live. She reads reactions and tracks likes. Continuing episodes include a heated exchange between influencers and a brutal discussion that gets documented on Live before altering one character's entire journey.

In today's crowded TV environment, it's a rare gift to get a program set fully formed, confident, and charismatic. Rap Sh!t does all of that, and it's catchy as hell.

Rap Sh!t is now available on HBO Max, with new episodes every Thursday.