Rap Sh!t season 1: next episode, trailer and everything we know about the new Issa Rae show

Aida Osman and KaMillion hugging as in Rap Sh!t season 1
Aida Osman and KaMillion hugging as in Rap Sh!t season 1 (Image credit: Alicia Vera/HBO Max)

When Issa Rae announced the conclusion of the hit series Insecure, many fans of the show wanted to crawl knee-deep into a box of tissue to cry. Some are now finding a bit of solace knowing that Rae teamed up with JT and Yung Miami (aka the City Girls) for the new series, Rap Sh!t

While it's safe to assume the beloved characters from her former show won’t be stopping by on Rap Sh!t to drop any rap bars; thankfully, the new HBO Max original series manages to capture Issa Rae’s signature brand of comedy and wit. 

Here’s everything we about Rap Sh!t season 1.  

Rap Sh!t season 1 episode guide

Rap Sh!t premiered with two episodes on HBO Max on Thursday, July 21 at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT. The remaining six episodes of the season debut one at a time on each of the following Thursdays. Episode 8, which serves as the season finale, airs on Thursday, September 1. 

So far the series has definitely proven itself to be a hit among fans and critics. As of September 1, the show was officially "certified fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 100%. 

Below we've provided an episode guide to help fans keep up with the series. 

Episode 1: "Something for the City"
"Stuck at a dead-end hotel job while her long-distance boyfriend attends law school, aspiring rapper Shawna spontaneously invites her estranged friend Mia out for drinks, yielding surprising results."

Episode 2: "Something for the Girls"
"After their first video gains traction, Shawna and Mia's second attempt at success leads to creative differences."

Episode 3: "Something for the Hood"
"As the duo get more serious about their music, Shawna dives deeper into a scheme to help cover costs. Meanwhile, Mia fields a proposal from her promoter friend Chastity."

Episode 4: "Something for the Clubs"
"Shawna's boyfriend Cliff criticizes the pair's latest work; Chastity attempts to convince a club to play their song."

Episode 5: "Something for the Weekend"
"The girls take a trip to New York, where Shawna finally reunites with Cliff. Mia meets up with a wealthy stranger."

Episode 6: "Something for the Gram"
"After the events in New York, Mia deals with hateful comments and trolls while Lamont has to step up. Shawna decides to ditch work for the day."

Episode 7: "Something for the DJ"
"Before heading to her first-ever live performance, Shawna faces off against a former friend, whose critical words about the pair’s lack of direction hit home." 

Episode 8: "Something for the Road"
"After the show, Mia and Shawna find themselves questioning the group's future. Mia forms an unexpected connection. Shawna considers an offer."

Rap Sh!t season 1 plot 

HBO describes the premise of Rap sh!t by stating: 

"Rap Sh!t follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion), who reunite to form a rap group."

Judging by the trailer, it seems the gist of the plot is about two women who grow tired of working their own 9 to 5 jobs and seeing "subpar" rappers making lots of money. Wanting to change their financial situation and feeling as if they can do at the very least what they see their male counterpart rappers do, they unite to form a hip-hop duo. Time will tell if their leap of faith in the music industry will pay off. 

Rap Sh!t season 1 cast 

Aida Osman and KaMillion as Shawna and Mia in Rap Sh!t

Aida Osman and KaMillion as Shawna and Mia in Rap Sh!t (Image credit: Alicia Vera/HBO Max)

The main Rap Sh!t cast is anchored by Aida Osman and KaMillion starring as Shawna and Mia, respectively. While their names may not be instantly recognizable to many, Osman has previously served on the writing team for the series Betty, while KaMillion has appeared as Meeka on the series Star.

Rounding out the main cast are Jonica Booth (Discovering Brooklynn), Devon Terrell (young Barrack Obama biopic Barry) and RJ Cyler (The Harder They Fall). 

Rap Sh!t season 1 trailer 

The trailer certainly smells of Issa Rae. That should come as welcomed news for her loyal fans.  

How to watch Rap Sh!t  

Rap Sh!t is an HBO Max original series and can only be viewed in the US with a subscription to the streaming service. Those interested in watching the series will need to subscribe to HBO Max, which can be done in just a few clicks. 

While there is no official release date for the sitcom in the UK, we will be sure to provide an update as more information becomes available.

Will there be a Rap Sh!t season 2? 

Good news fans. The series is returning for season 2 according to The Wrap

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Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.