Four more have been added to the cast of Issa Rae’s HBO Max’s half-hour comedy series Rap Shit (working title). Daniel Augustin, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, Amandla Jahava, and Jaboukie Young-White join the series in a recurring role. They join previously cast Aida Osman, KaMillion, Jonica Booth, and Devon Terrell in the series from Rae and her Hoorae Productions.
Rae wrote the series and Sadé Clacken Joseph is attached to direct the eight-episode series that follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna (Osman) and Mia (KaMillion), who reunite to form a rap group.
Osman’s Shawna is an aspiring rapper that hasn’t seen success and continues to work her day job at a touristy hotel. KaMillion will play Mia is a makeup artist and a single mother to a four-year-old daughter and works three jobs.
Terrell plays Cliff, Shawna’s (Osman) supportive but long-distance boyfriend who currently attends law school in New York. He met Shawna in Atlanta back when they were in college together.
Booth is cast as Chastity, a “sex work manager” who refers to herself as the “Duke of Miami.”
Augustin plays Shawna’s friend and co-worker Maurice. He is very dapper, with great taste in clothes, but maybe not so much in women. Chestnut portrays Fatima, law classmate and close friend of Shawna’s boyfriend, Cliff (Terrell).
Jahava is Jill, Shawna’s friend from college. She currently works at Spotify In New York and is big on networking new young artists, but mostly focuses on those that get traction. Young-White plays Francois Boom, Shawna’s former schoolmate and producer. He now produces for an up-and-coming rapper who recently blew up, Reina Reign.
Does Rap Shit sound familiar? We don’t know if this is their story but we are getting City Girl vibes. Either way the Hip hop duo, City Girls, are attached serve as co-executive producers. Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas for Quality Control Films and Sara Rastogi for HOORAE will also executive produce.
Insecure and Central Park alum Syreeta Singleton will serve as the showrunner. Rae and Singleton will also executive producer alongside HOORAE’s Montrel McKay, Jonathan Berry, and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky.
In addition to starring, Osman will also serves as executive story editor. Rae’s audio content company Raedio will handle music supervision for the series.
Production for Rap Shit will begin this summer for the series.