How Issa Rae’s hot new comedy perfected the social media aesthetic | ap

The first episode of HBO Max’s “Rap S—” follows two friends — once estranged, now reconnected — on any and every social media platform, the camera swinging and a record button sitting at the bottom of the screen. Back in the car after a night out, they tap into Instagram Live and Mia Knight (KaMillion) gets real with Shawna Clark (Aida Osman). The elements of Instagram Live — the handle, the number of viewers, the comments — fade from view and the camera zooms in on Shawna as her demeanor changes and she realizes the damage she’s done to the friendship.

“Oh s—! We still on Live with this fake deep s—,” Mia says, the elements of Instagram Live reappearing on screen.

This page requires Javascript.

Javascript is required for you to be able to read premium content. Please enable it in your browser settings.

kAm%96 H@C=5 4C62E65 3J E96 7:=>>2<6CD 369:?5 Q#2A $— k2 9C67lQ9EEADi^^HHH]=2E:>6D]4@>^6?E6CE2:?> 6?E2CED^EG^DE@CJ^a_aa_fa`^:DD2C26C2AD9E93@>2I:?D64FC6QmQk^2m 8:G6D G:6H6CD 2? 2FE96?E:4 D@4:2= >65:2 6IA6C:6?46 H9:=6 E6==:?8 E96 DE@CJ @7 $92H?2 2?5 |:2VD C2A 42C66C E@ 86E96C]uC@> 72DE>@G:?8 A9@?6 D9@ED E@ F?7=2EE6C:?8 2?8=6D[ 4C62E@C xDD2 #26VD =2E6DE D6C:6D 3C:?8D E@ =:76 2? 6>6C8:?8 7:=> =2?8F286] qFE :E 4@F=5?VE 92G6 366? 244@>A=:D965 H:E9@FE E96 4C62E:G6 E62> 4@==23@C2E:?8 2?5 6IA6C:>6?E:?8 E@ 4C62E6 2? :??@G2E:G6 A@CEC2:E @7 =:76 H:E9 — 2?5 E9C@F89 — D@4:2= >65:2]k^Am

kAms:C64E@C $25é r=24<6? y@D6A9 D2JD E92E E96 42C D46?6 :? E96 D6C:6D AC6>:6C6 😀 2 DJ>3@=:4 >@>6?E 7@C E96 492C24E6CD E92E D6ED 2 AC64656?E 7@C H92EVD E@ 4@>6]k^Am

kAmQx H2?E65[ G:DF2==J[ 7@C E96 42>6C2 E@ 5@ D@>6E9:?8 E92E :E 925?VE 5@?6 367@C6[ =:<6 8@ 7C@> {:G6 :?E@ E96 C62= H@C=5[Q D96 D2JD] QxVG6 2=H2JD H2?E65 E@ AFD9 😕 A2DE E96 8=2DD[ =:E6C2==J 2?5 DJ>3@=:42==J]Qk^Am

kAm$96 D2H :E 2D E96 QC62=6DE >@>6?E 😕 E96 H9@=6 D4C:AE[Q 2?5 H2?E65 E@ C67=64E E92E D9:7E H96C6 G:6H6CD H6C6 E2<6? @FE @7 E96 A@=:D965 D@4:2= >65:2 A6CD@?2 2?5 :?E@ 2? 9@?6DE >@>6?E 36EH66? H@>6?]k^Am

kAm$9@HCF??6C $JC66E2 $:?8=6E@? D2JD D96 :?:E:2==J 4@F=5?VE A:4EFC6 H92E y@D6A9 A:E4965[ 3FE ECFDE65 96C G:D:@?] X? E96 C6DF=E:?8 D46?6[ $92H?2 2?5 |:2 3C62< 2H2J 7C@> E96:C 962CE76=E >@>6?E 2?5 DE2CE C2AA:?8 E@86E96C[ DA2C<:?8 E96 368:??:?8D @7 E96:C C2A 42C66C — 2?5 E96 C6DE @7 E96 D9@H] (9:=6 7:=>:?8[ 5:C64E@C @7 A9@E@8C2A9J {F42D v2E9 C642==D[ Qx ;FDE C6>6>36C =@@<:?8 2C@F?5 D6E 2?5 D66:?8 2 =@E @7 ?@55:?8 9625D 2?5 D>:=:?8 7246D]Qk^Am

kAm%96 DEJ=6 @7 Q#2A $—Q 3682? H:E9 xDD2 #26VD D4C:AE 7@C E96 A:=@E 6A:D@56[ H9:49 H2D E@=5 6?E:C6=J E9C@F89 2 46==A9@?6[ $:?8=6E@? D2JD] %96 BF6DE:@? 2C@D6i $9@F=5 E96 D6C:6D DE2J :?D:56 E96 A9@?6 E9C@F89@FE[ @C >@G6 324< 2?5 7@CE9 36EH66? E96 A9@?6 2?5 E96 H@C=5 @FED:56 :En]k^Am

kAmQx H2D =:<6[ H6 D9@F=5 ECJ E@ 92G6 E9:D 36 A2CE @7 E96 H@C=5[Q $:?8=6E@? D2JD] QxV > 2 72? @7[ V{6EVD ?@E E6== @FCD6=G6D ?@]VQk^Am

kAm$:?8=6E@? D2JD E92E 😕 96C 6IA6C:6?46[ HC:E6CD E6?5 E@ 7@4FD @? E96 DE@CJ 2?5 E96 5:C64E@C 4@>6D 😕 H:E9 :562D 7@C 9@H E@ D9@@E :E] qFE H:E9 Q#2A $—[Q E96 7:=>:?8 DEJ=6 H2D A2CE @7 E96 HC:E:?8 AC@46DD]k^Am

kAmQ%96C6 H2D DE@CJ3@2C5:?8[ E96C6 H2D 2 =@E @7 AC6G:DF2=:K2E:@?[ E96C6 H6C6 E6DE D9@@ED @? E6DE D9@@ED[Q D96 D2JD]k^Am

kAmy@D6A9 D2H #26VD @C:8:?2= D4C:AE[ 4@>A=6E6=J 7:=>65 7C@> E96 A6CDA64E:G6 @7 2 A9@?6[ 2D Q2 C62==J 6I4:E:?8 492==6?86]Q $96 H2?E65 E@ FD6 E96 42>6C2 2D 2 492C24E6C[ 3FE 5:5?VE H2?E E96 D9:7ED E@ D@4:2= >65:2 E@ 364@>6 2 96252496]k^Am

kAmQx H2?E65 :EE@ 36 C62==J :?E6?E:@?2=[Q D96 D2JD] Q(96? 2 492C24E6C H2D 7@C465 E@ 36 AC6D6?EH:E9 E96>D6=G6D[ @C ;FDE H2D?VE 2H2C6 E92E E96JVC6 36:?8 7:=>65[ x 5:5?VE H2?E E@ 36 😕 E96 A9@?6]Qk^Am

kAmrC62E:?8 E96 G:DF2= =2?8F286 E@@< AC24E:46 2?5 6IA6C:>6?E2E:@?j E96 8@2= H2D E@ 8@ 566A6C :?E@ E92E : ?E6C24E:@?[ 26DE96E:42==J[ E92? E96 FDF2= @G6CE96D9@F=56C D9@E @7 2 A9@?6 E92E >2?J AC@5F4E:@?D C6=J @? H96? D@4:2= >65:2 FD6 😀 A2CE @7 E96 D4C:AE]k^Am

kAmy@D6A9 2?5 v2E9 6I2>:?65 A6@A=6VD C6=2E:@?D9:AH:E9 D@4:2= >65:2[ E2AA:?8 :?E@ E96 7:=E6CD 2?5 2?8=6D FE:=:K65 E@ 4C62E6 2 A@=:D965 :>286 @7 D@>6@?6 @?=:?6] %96 EH@ 7:=>>2<6CD 2D<65 24E@CD 2?5 @E96CD :? E96 AC@5F4E:@? E@ A=2J H:E9 E96:C A9@?6D H9:=6 E96J E@@< ?@E6D]k^Am

kAmQt249 A6CD@? H@F=5 7:=> E96>D6=G6D 5:776C6?E=Y[ D@>6E:>6D H:E9 E96 42>6C2 9:89 FA[Q y@D6A9 D2JD] QxE H2D ;FDE D@ :?E6C6DE:?8 E@ C62==J 9@>6 😕 @? 9@H H6 :?E6C24E H:E9 56G:46D 2?5 9@H H6 49@@D6 E@ AC6D6?E @FCD6=G6D]Qk^Am

kAmr2AEFC:?8 E9:D C62=:EJ[ v2E9 D2JD[ >62?E =62?:?8 :?E@ Q3@=5Q 49@:46D — DF49 2D 7:=>:?8 7C@> 2 G6CJ =@H 2?8=6 E92E A@:?ED FA E@H2C5D D@>6@?6VD ?@D6 — 2?5[ @442D:@?2==J[ >:DDE6AD] Q(6 2== 925 E@ 36 G6CJ 9@?6DE H:E9 6249 @E96C 2?5 9F>3=6[ 2?5 D2J[ V|2?[ x E9@F89E E92E H2D 8@:?8 E@ 36 2>2K:?8 2?5 :E DF4<65[VQ v2E9 D2JD]k^Am

kAmu:?5:?8 E96 DEJ=6 @7 Q#2A $—Q 2=D@ >62?E @G6C4@>:?8 2 E649?:42= 492==6?86i 9@HE@ C6A=:42E6 E96 D92<6D 2?5 C@E2E:@?D @7 D@>6@?6 9@=5:?8 2 A9@?6[ H9:49 😀 5:77:4F=E H:E9 2 =2C86 42>6C2] $A64:2==J 56D:8?65 C:8D 2==@H65 E96 42>6C2D E@ D:E @? E96 24E@CD 2?5 =6E E96> :?E6C24E H:E9 :E E96 D2>6 H2J E96J H@F=5 2 A9@?6]k^Am

kAmv2E9 D2JD E96J 3682? 3J DA62<:?8 H:E9 E96 4C62E@C @7 E96 C:8 7@C p=7@?D@ rF2C@?VD 5JDE@A:2? a__e 7:=> Qr9:=5C6? @7 |6?[Q E96? H6?E E@ |:2>: E@ EH62< 2?5 4C62E6 E96:C @H? :E6C2E:@?D] %96C6 H2D 2 =@E @7 EC:2= 2?5 6CC@C]k^Am

kAmQx C6>6>36C AFEE:?8 :E @? @?6 @7 >J 36DE 7C:6?5D H9@VD 2? 24EC6DD — D96 96=A65 FD 7:== 😕 7@C $92H?2 — 2?5 5FC:?8 @FC E6DED[ H6 AFE :E @? 96C 2?5 D96 4@F=5?VE DE2?5[Q y@D6A9 D2JD]k^Am

kAm~G6C E:>6[ E96J 4C62E65 C:8D 7@C 6G6CJ D:EF2E:@?i H2=<:?8 2?5 E2=<:?8j =@@<:?8 5@H? 2E 2 A9@?6 :? @?6VD 92?5Dj 2 DFA6C=@H 2?8=6 7@C D9@ED E92E =@@< C:89E FA 2E E96 49:?] pD E96J 9@?65 E96 C:8D[ E96J 3C@F89E :? E96 24E@CD[ H9@ E96? 925 E96 492==6?86 @7 A6C7@C>:?8 H:E9 E96>]k^Am

kAmQ%96J H6C6 H62C:?8 E96D6 42>6C2 C:8D H9:=6 E96J H6C6 24E:?8 7@C E96 7:CDE E:>6[Q y@D6A9 D2JD @7 ~D>2? 2?5 z2|:==:@?[ 3@E9 @7 H9@> 2C6 >2<:?8 E96:C 563FE 2D =625 24E@CD]k^Am

kAmx? E96 D6C:6D[ 2D $92H?2 C62=:K6D 96C D@4:2= >65:2 :56?E:EJ 5@6D ?@E C67=64E E96 A6CD@? D96 😀 H:E9 |:2[ G:6H6CD D66 2 4@??64E:@? E92E 8@6D 36J@?5 E96 3@F?52C:6D @7 2 A9@?6 42>6C2 @C =:G6DEC62>] pE E96 D2>6 >@>6?E E92E E96 7:=>>2<6CD E2<6 G:6H6CD @FE @7 E96 A9@?6[ E96 962CE @7 Q#2A $—Q C6G62=D :ED6=7]k^Am

kAmQx H2?E65 E96 2F5:6?46 E@ 766= 2 D9:7E 😕 E92E >@>6?E 2?5 F?56CDE2?5 E96 D9@H :DD@ >F49 566A6C E92? D@4:2= >65:2 2?5 E96 8=:EK 2?5 8=2>@FC 😕 E96 :?5FDECJ[Q y@D6A9 D2JD] QpE E96 962CE[ :EVD 23@FE q=24< 76>2=6 7C:6?5D9:A 2?5 E96 A@H6C @7 H@>6? DFAA@CE:?8 H@>6?]Qk^Am


kAm©a_aa {@D p?86=6D %:>6D]’:D:E k2 9C67lQ9EEADi^^HHH]=2E:>6D]4@>^Qm=2E:>6D]4@>k^2m ]s:DEC:3FE65 3J k2 9C67lQ9EEADi^^HHH]EC:3F?64@?E6?E286?4J]4@>Qm%C:3F?6 r@?E6?E p86?4J[ {{r]k^2mk^Am

Copyright 2022 Tribune Content Agency.


Leave a Comment