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Issa Rae Says Her ‘Rap Sh*t’ Series is a Response to Jermaine Dupri’s Criticism of Women MCs

Issa Rae has opened up about the inspiration behind behind her Rap Sh*t comedy series.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, the artist confirmed she began writing the show in response to Jermaine Dupri’s controversial comments about women MCs. Recall that Dupri was dragged in 2019, after he suggested the new wave of female rappers were indistinguishable and unworthy of a hip-hop crown.

“I don’t think they’re showing us who’s the best rapper,” he told People TV. “For me, it’s like strippers rapping. And as far as rap goes, I’m not getting who’s the best rapper. I’m getting like, ‘OK, you got a story about you dancing in the club, you got a story about you dancing in the club, you got a story about you dancing in the club.’ It’s like, ‘OK, who’s going to be the rapper?’ At some point, somebody’s going to have to break out of that mold and just show us⁠—talk about other things, just rap about other things besides that.”

In response, Rae decided to create Rap Sh*t, an upcoming scripted series about two childhood friends trying to get in the rap game. The show is said to be loosely based on the lives of City Girls’ Yung Miami and JT, who will also serve as co-executive producers.

“I was just like, ‘This is so unfair,’” Rae said about Durpi’s comments. “So that inspired the writing of it.”

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