Issa Rae will produce an upcoming HBO Max series called “Rap Sh*t.” The trailblazing multi-talent seeks to expand her filmography— “Insecure,” “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and more—to include a new hip hop-centric series. The show, Deadline reports, will tell the fictional story of a female rap group based in Miami as they aim for stardom.
Rae will executive produce the series alongside Montrel McKay for Issa Rae Productions, Jonathan Berry from “Insecure” and 3 Arts Entertainment’s Dave Becky. Rae is also set to to write the pilot episode, which will air next year.
The announcement from HBO Max arrived with a wave of upcoming female-fronted series. Alongside Rae’s “Rap Sh*t,” Elizabeth Banks will executive produce “DC Super Hero High” and Mindy Kaling will write and produce “College Girls.”
“Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae and Mindy Kaling are three of the most gifted women in our industry, and are now bringing their impressive, original projects to HBO Max,” HBO’s Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey wrote in a statement.
The music-related series follows Rae’s newly announced record label, Raedio. In partnership with Atlantic Records, Rae introduced her label’s first imprint, TeaMarr, in a tweet on Friday (Oct. 18).
Beyond the label, Rae will also oversee the music on “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” which she co-produces with Robin Thede.
“Music has always been an essential part of every project I do and working with emerging talent is a personal passion,” she previously said in a release. “Raedio allows me to continue that work within the music industry and audio entertainment space. The Atlantic team are innovators in terms of shifting and shaping culture. I’m excited to join forces with them to discover new artists.”
Next on the docket for Rae will be her starring role in The Lovebirds alongside Kumail Nanjiani, which is set to arrive next April. This past September, Rae also announced she’ll be producing, and possibly starring in, a remake of the 1996 film, Set It Off, which originally starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise.