Issa Rae Says Jermaine Dupri's Remarks On Women Rappers Influenced 'Rap Sh*t' Series
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Issa Rae Says Jermaine Dupri's Remarks On Women Rappers Influenced 'Rap Sh*t' Series

Issa Rae's next TV project, Rap Sh*t, was created after Jermaine Dupri made inflammatory comments about women rappers.

Rae revealed in her recent Rolling Stone feature that her idea for the series came after reading an interview in which Dupri talked about women rappers. In the interview, he said that he felt Da Brat broke ground for women to "sell a lot of records" and said that he doesn't have a current female rapper because of their lyrics, saying he feels "they're all rapping about the same thing."

"I don't think they're showing us who's the best rapper," he continued. "For me, it's like strippers rapping and as far as rap goes I'm not getting who's the best rapper."

Many took Dupri's comments as sexist, citing how Black male rappers also rap about similar topics without anyone challenging their rap credentials. Rae also felt disrespected by Dupri's comments, leading her to create her new series of two Miami-based friends and rappers who are trying to make it in the industry. The series is also based on real-life Miami rappers City Girls, who are part of the wave of female rappers in the industry today.

"I was just like, 'This is so unfair,'" Rae said about Dupri's comments, adding that his interview is what "inspired the writing of [Rap Sh*t].

Rae, who also made up her own raps in Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl and Insecure, will executive produce Rap Sh*t with the City Girls themselves, Yung Miami and JT. Montrel McKay will also executive produce with 3 Arts Entertainment's Jonathan Berry and Dave Becky. Syreeta Singleton will also executive produce and act as showrunner. Quality Control Films' Pierre "P" Thomas and Kevin "Coach K" Lee are also executive producing with HOORAE's Sara Rastogi. Raedio, Rae's music label, will supervise music for the series.

Rap Sh*t will start filming this summer and will air on HBO Max once completed.