Few shows understand the inner workings of the hip-hop industry, and its surrounding media circus, better than RAP SH!T, the Max Original Series created by Issa Rae. Ahead of the premiere of RAP SH!T Season 2 next week, Raedio shares RAP SH!T: The Mixtape (Soundtrack from the Max Original Series, S2), a star-studded mixtape that provides the perfect audio accompaniment to the series, available everywhere via Raedio/Def Jam Recordings.
Listen to the Mixtape HERE
The new RAP SH!T mixtape is a showcase for the breadth and diversity of talented women taking over the rap game in 2023. Compiled and released by Raedio, the “audio everywhere” company, the mixtape combines original music created for the series and performed by lead characters Shawna & Mia with brand new songs from some of the hottest and most original rappers around. Recently released singles include "No Panties," a gleefully raunchy banger by Sexyy Red, and "He Can't Reach," a stuff-strutting cross-regional collab between NYC's Maiya The Don and Dallas's Enchanting. Overall, the album has a brash, party-positive atmosphere, with songs that take inspiration from many styles, with a particular emphasis on the sounds of Miami, where the show takes place.
Watch the "No Panties" video ft. Sexyy Red HERE
On "We Live," Rico Nasty and Cleotrapa take turns annihilating a skittering beat by Bankroll Got It, while Lady London, Connie Diiamond, and Hood Brat run roughshod above a creeping instrumental on the sinister "No Time." Enchanting proves to be an adept collaborator, going toe-to-toe with Kaliii on "Run It Up" and Omeretta The Great on "Want No Beef." Slimeroni and Aleza inject some Memphis-flavored attitude with the campily aggressive "On Site." "Kick Rocks" is a take-no-prisoners posse cut, combining the talents of Guapdad 4000, NCognita, Cam & China, Ben Reilly, and more, as they attempt to top each others' disrespectful bars. Featuring additional appearances from Lady London, TeaMarr, Cozz, O.G. Kurb, and more, and production from the likes of Danja, Bankroll Got It, and HitKidd, the new mixtape is a love letter to the women in rap who are changing the music world just by being themselves.
Raedio is committed to propelling the most culturally relevant series and projects and spotlighting not only emerging artists, but the contributors behind the scenes that make these amazing songs possible. The RAP SH!T Season 2 mixtape originated at Raedio’s popular writing camp series Camp Raedio at Noise Nest studios in Los Angeles, which brought in writers and producers from across the rap map to collaborate in unique combinations and let their creative juices flow. For the mixtape artwork, Raedio paid tribute to the classic cover of Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest, one of the few covers in history that highlights the creatives making magic behind the scenes. Raedio highlights the unique camp in a series of mini-docs, out now on Raedio’s YouTube channel, released as a companion to RAP SH!T Season 2 and its soundtrack.
Watch the Camp Raedio mini-docs HERE
Through the story of Shawna and Mia, RAP SH!T Season 2 explores the delicate balancing act that female rappers face: how can they achieve their commercial goals while still maintaining authenticity and continuing to have fun? The Season 2 Mixtape is full of songs by artists who are figuring out their own answers to that key question, as they mold the industry in their own image.
RAP SH!T returns for its second season on November 9th, only on Max.
Rap Sh!t: The Mixtape (Soundtrack from the Max Original Series, S2) Tracklist:
On Site - Slimeroni & Aleza (Produced by Donut)
Kick Rocks - Ben Reilly, Guapdad 4000, NCognita, Cam & China, Tim Gent, & Bryant Taylorr (Produced by WASEEL & Tundra)
Call Me Daddy - Hoodbrat, A. Chic, TT the Artist (Produced by HitKidd)
City 2 City - Cam & China (Produced by The Breed)
No Panties - Sexyy Red (Produced by The Breed)
He Can’t Reach - Maiya The Don & Enchanting (Produced by The Breed)
No Time - Connie Diiamond, Hood Brat, & Lady London (Produced by Donut & Pliznaya)
Lackin - Rico Nasty, NCognita, & Simon Said. (Produced by Thaddeus, Nathan Butts & Tundra)
Want No Beef - Omeretta the Great, Enchanting & A.Chic (Produced by Bankroll Got It)
Goin On A Drill - O.G. Kurb (Produced by Nathan Butts)
Suicide Mission - Lord AK (Produced by Danja and Gima)
Run It Up - Enchanting & Kaliii (Produced by Bankroll Got It)
Make U Hate It - ThankGod4Cody (Produced by Chris Calor & E Cashh)
Outside - Tim Gent, Bryant Taylorr (Produced by WASEEL & Gwapmane)
Ballin’ Up - Teamarrr ft. femdot. (Produced by BeWill & Icy Beats)
Fish & Grits - Ben Reilly, Bryant Taylorr, Tim Gent, Cam & China (Produced by WASEEL & Tundra)
Mud - Cozz, South Side Yoko, & Guapdad 4000 (Produced by Thaddeus Dixon & Tundra)
Tongue (Remix) - Reina Reign, Shawna, & Mia (Produced by Earl On The Beat & Needlz)
We Live - Rico Nasty & Cleotrapa (Produced by The Breed & Bankroll Got It)