City Girls, Trina, & More Influence The Music Of Issa Rae’s New Show
In one of the last scenes of HBO Max’s sh rap! T the first show, Shauna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion) perform drunk freestyle to the beat of Khia “The K-Wang” on Instagram Live. Their track “Seduce and Scheme” went viral overnight, prompting newly reunited Miami High School friends to form a rap duo. That moment in Mia’s car was so pivotal that series creator and executive producer Issa Rae insisted on filming the scene several times.
“We wanted to make sure their dynamics sounded right; we wanted to believe they wanted to create a rap group after this collaboration,” Ray explains to a newspaper, adding that it was a process of crafting Shauna and Mia’s musical style. “So this required a lot of trial and error and sound discovery, and KaMillion and Aida worked together to find out. Getting these characters musically to be a journey in itself, but they are now locked in.”
In fact, the soundtrack for the HBO Max series takes on a life of its own, featuring a mix of classic music and original tracks made for the series, including fantasy rapper Reina Reign’s “Tongue.” Ray and presenter Serita Singleton say they’ve never done a “music-focused show in this way before.” So they took advantage of the staff in Unsafe Alum’s Raedio label, specifically Sarah Bromberg, Stephanie Diaz Matos, and Philippe Pierre, to serve as the show’s music supervisors and help them get started. Representing Florida female artists and rappers to contribute to the show’s sound was crucial to Ray, who added that she and her team “just lived the music and breathed” while developing the show. sh rap! T.
Hip-hop duo Caresha “Yung Miami” Brownlee and Jatavia “JT” Johnson of city girls — who released a song titled “Rap Sh*t” in 2018 — has had the most visible influence, tapping early female Ray to serve as co-executive producers. Although KaMillion never had a chance to interact with Yung Miami and JT in person, the Jacksonville rapper explains that the duo helped Ray choose music, “which is important because these are real Miami girls, and they’re amazing.” Osman adds, “You really can’t go to Miami and do a show about a rapper without being associated with JT and Caresha,” and also points to other Florida-based artists, such as Trina, Doechii, and KaMillion’s favorite, Kodak Black. (She emphasized, however, that Shawna and Mia’s on-screen journey is very different from the City Girls story.)
Although the creators also draw Inspiration from artists Like Missy Elliott, Tierra Whack, Noname, and Rapsody for Osman’s character specifically, Shawna and Mia are ultimately a mix of musicians. “There are a lot of rappers out there who are killing it, have fans, work with each other, and have just established themselves in who they are,” says Ray, also referring to “social media exposure” on her part, the rapper explained. Like Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B. Singleton they also delved into the Miami scene and counted on local musicians to help them portray that specific Miami sound.
The result is a soundtrack of new music mixed with a lot of familiar songs that viewers might recognize. Below is a detailed view of all the songs in sh rap! T Until now.
Episode 1 “Something for the City”
“Take Her to Da House” by Trek Daddy
“Easy Money” by Suni MF
“Stolo” by LPB Poody
“Raindrops” by GoldLink feat. If you are
“Put It Down” by The-Dream
“Time of the Day” by Moneybagg Yo
“Sidewalk” by Juicy Fruit
“Get F #% ked Up” by Chapta & Stage McCloud & SupaStarr & Tony Manshino
“In this Beh” by Fam0us.Twinsss
Episode 2 “Something for Girls”
“Dough” by Key Glock
“Want total” of the magician
“The K-Wang” for Khiya
“SOS” by Kelela
“Told Ya’ll” directed by Trina. Rick Ross
This post will be updated more weekly sh rap! T Episodes become available to stream on HBO Max.