Max Cancels Third Season of Issa Rae’s Rap Sh!t Amid Streaming Original Lineup Trimming

Los Angeles – Max has announced that it will not be moving forward with a third season of the comedy series “Rap Sh!t” created by Issa Rae. The decision comes after the show’s second season finale aired on the streaming platform.

Originally set to debut in August, the second season of “Rap Sh!t” was delayed until November due to strikes by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). The hope was that the delay would give the show a better chance by allowing the creative team and cast to promote it.

Max, along with other streaming platforms, has been cutting back on its original lineup of shows. With the cancellation of “Rap Sh!t,” there are currently five returning comedy series on the platform: “Hacks,” “And Just Like That…,” “The Sex Lives of College Girls,” “Peacemaker,” and the recently renewed “Bookie.”

A spokesperson for Max expressed gratitude to Issa Rae for creating “Rap Sh!t” and praised the show for its unique comedy and compelling social commentary. They also thanked showrunner Syreeta Singleton and the teams at Hoorae and 3 Arts Entertainment for their contributions to the series. The statement acknowledged the impact of the characters Shawna and Mia, played by Aida Osman and KaMillion, and expressed appreciation for the enduring popularity of their hit song “Seduce and Scheme.”

“Rap Sh!t” follows the story of two former high school friends from Miami, Shawna and Mia, who come together to form a rap group. As they rise to fame, they face a pivotal moment in their career where they must decide whether to stay true to themselves or conform to the demands of the music industry. The cast of the show also includes Jonica Booth as Chastity, RJ Cyler as Lamont, and Daniel Augustin as Maurice.

Issa Rae served as the creator and executive producer of “Rap Sh!t” for her production company Hoorae. Showrunner Syreeta Singleton also executive produced the series along with Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry for 3 Arts Entertainment and Jim Kleverweis. The hip-hop duo Yung Miami and JT of City Girls were co-executive producers, along with Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas for Quality Control Films. Music supervision for the series was handled by Rae’s Audio Everywhere Company, Raedio.

Although the cancellation of “Rap Sh!t” may disappoint fans, it reflects the ongoing challenges and decisions faced by streaming platforms as they manage their lineup of original content.