I'll be honest, when—five minutes into this series—I realized that the entire thing was going to be told (mostly) through the lens of Instagram stories, Instagram lives, and FaceTimes, the cynic in me wanted to just smack the heck out of that "exit" button on HBO Max and blast right out of there. Though then again, the HBO Max interface only actually works about a quarter of the time, so there was probably no getting out of there.
But anyway, I didn't—and that's because this show is that good.
Rap Sh!t—from the great mind of Issa Rae—is all about perception; the incorporation of the iPhone aids in that cause, creating a multi-dimensional portrait of each character. The series takes place in Miami, following Shawna Clarke (Aida Osman) and Mia Knight (KaMillion), two friends from high school who—through the natural twists and turns of life—became distant in the years since their graduation.
With both of them still being in Miami, they end up getting together on a whim one night for drinks, with neither of them really knowing what to expect from the other. And as all good nights end in empty parking lots, shooting the breeze in a car, this one concluded right there, just like it would have in high school. Except that this time around, they were a little more honest with each other—and a little more amazing at freestyle rapping.