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‘Rap Sh!t’ Canceled, Social’s Not Happy

Rap Sh!t stars Aida Osman and KaMillion won’t be returning for a third season.

Fans were not expecting the sudden and surprise announcement that one of their beloved series, “Rap Sh!t,” would not be returning for a third season.

As many speculated that “Rap Sh!t” would receive the same praise and acknowledgment that Issa Rae’s “Insecure” accumulated, fans believe this comedy series deserves another chance.

This series not only captivated the grind and early beginnings of chasing a dream, but it also drew inspiration from the rap girl group the City Girls themselves.

According to TheGrio, “Set in Miami, the show followed its leading ladies, Shawna (played by Aida Osman) and Mia (played by KaMillion), as they navigated the highs and lows of forming a successful female-led rap group. Shawna was a struggling rapper who worked at a hotel by day, and Mia was a single mother who worked several jobs to support her lifestyle and daughter before pursuing a rap career. Other cast members included Jonica Booth (Chastity), RJ Cyler (Lamont), Daniel Augustin (Maurice) and Jaboukie Young-White (Francois).”

As one of the few shows that fans and audiences from the Black community have expressed their support of, many are now wondering why their representation continues to be removed from screens.

Despite the shocking announcement that was finalized by Max, the Warner Bros. Discovery platform, Rae is handling the news with grace. As a creative who has produced and worked throughout the industry, her slogan has always been that she’s rooting for “everyone Black”. Therefore, she’s rallying support around her team that made “Rap Sh!t” possible for fans to connect and learn more about artistry.

“I’m so proud of and grateful for Syreeta, our cast, writers and crew that made this show possible,” Rae told Variety. “Thanks to Sarah Aubrey and Suzanna Makkos for championing the show, and much love to the fans that tuned in weekly to root for our girls.”

Regardless of Rae ending the series on a high note, fans and audiences have taken to social media to express their frustrations regarding Black shows not receiving the opportunity of longevity.

“This is not Rae’s first project to not gain a third-season renewal with the streaming platform. Her reality series ‘Sweet Life,’ which displayed the complexities of young adults in their 20s and followed the different lives of an L.A. friend group focused on building their careers, lasted two seasons before its cancellation in 2022,” according to TheGrio.

Fans and audiences took an additional step to address other Black shows that were previously canceled on Max such as “South Side,” “Lovecraft Country,” and more. One X user created a list of Black shows that she felt were deserving of more seasons to connect with audiences and create a lasting impact.

“Rap Sh!t. South Side. Swagger. Riches. The Wonder Years. Raising Dion. The Get Down. Love Is__ A Black Lady Sketch Show. Grand Crew. Truth Be Told. I could keep going. They all deserved more than they were given,” said @shanellegenai tweeted.

Another X user expressed their disdain for actively searching for Black representation in the media and not having an excessive variety like their white counterparts.

“The canceling of #RapSh!t is yet another slap in the face to us and our stories. It’s especially hurtful for those of us that came up during an era where there were countless black shows on TV. Now we have to search far and wide and even then the quality may be questionable. SMDH,” @MalikThaElite tweeted.

Black representation and equality are constant topics that the POC community advocates for. Although the Black community has broken barriers, there’s still much work to be done. Hopefully, the next Black representation series that Issa Rae produces is given the opportunity to progress beyond the second season.

 

By Kori Barnes, University of Southern California

Instagram: @korixnicole

 

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Written by Kori Barnes

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