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Issa Rae Says Jermaine Dupri's Criticism Of Female Rappers Led To Creation Of New City Girls-Inspired Comedy Series

The Insecure producer said she got fired up after hearing Jermaine Dupri "criticizing female rappers for only talking about their p***y."

If it's one thing Issa Rae knows how to be, it's relatable and yet she's giving her supporters another reason to fan out.

During an interview with Rolling Stone, the multi-hyphenate shared the inspiration behind her upcoming series Rap Sh*t. The show is loosely based on the dynamic rap group City Girls who are also executive producers for the project. 

Rae said she was inspired by other female rappers including Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B who have recently come under heat for the joint song "WAP."

The Insecure producer said she got fired up after hearing Jermaine Dupri "criticizing female rappers for only talking about their p***y."

"I was just like, 'This is so unfair.' So that inspired the writing of it," she recalled.

According to Harpers Bazaar, the show will revolve around two estranged friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group. 

While Rae is mostly known for her involvement in the film industry, she confessed that she was surprised to learn of some elements in the music business.

"The conflicts of interests. The perpetuation of specific images, especially when it comes to Black women," she told Rolling Stone. 

"I guess I feel more empowered in the film industry," Rae said. "We have our own problems, but it is nothing like the music industry. I'm in awe every single day of just, "Y'all can do this? This can happen, and it's still going to happen?' I have a lot of catching up to do. That feels exhausting in a different way."

The author of the book Awkward Black Girl has also explored other facets of the music industry. In 2019, she launched boutique label Raedio which serves as the audio component of Hoorae. Raedio is also under Atlantic Records. 

Despite sharing her opinion on the recent criticism of female rappers, Rae said she is learning to keep her personal life just that—personal and to herself.

She shared that one of her regrets was spilling her business in her book that details her bouts with catfishing and her dad's affair that resulted in her parents' divorce. 

“The 24- through 27-year-old version of me will live on through a book. My opinions, whatever whimsical thoughts and notions, will live on forever. That’s what I don’t like about it,” she said. “In writing a new book, I would focus on less of my personal life. My family didn’t ask for that. My aunt opening that book was like, ‘What the f**k, girl? I was trying to read and support my niece and I’m in this.’”

Despite her fans knowing that she's engaged to businessman Louis Diame, that's about as far as it goes and the actress said she plans to keep it that way. 

“I just feel superprotective of any relationship I’m in,” Rae said. “That’s come from observing and making fun of people over the years who broadcast the most intimate parts of their relationships, then are left with egg on their face. I call them the ‘me and my boo’ people. Let me embarrass myself. Don’t let a nigga embarrass you. That’s always been my focus.”

As for what's next for Rae, she is wrapping up the final season of Insecure which she affirmed will not include hints of the pandemic. 

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