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‘Rap Sh!t’ Canceled at Max

The cancellations continue at Max.

The Warner Bros. Discovery-backed streamer has canceled Rap Sh!t, the scripted comedy series created by Issa Rae and starring Aida Osman, after a two-season run.

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“We are extremely grateful to Issa Rae for creating Rap Sh!t, a one-of-a-kind comedy with compelling social commentary that reached viewers in a way only Issa’s talents can accomplish,” a Max spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “A huge thank you to Issa, showrunner Syreeta Singleton and the teams at Hoorae and 3 Arts Entertainment for introducing us to Shawna and Mia, a duo whose journey fans have been invested in and who they have continued to root for through everything. We’ll never get Seduce and Scheme out of our heads and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Osman starred as Shawna Clark, a struggling rapper who works at a hotel. The cast also included KaMillion as Mia, a fellow rapper and single mother who worked multiple jobs to support her family, as well as Jonica Booth, Devon Terrell, RJ Cyler and Daniel Augustin.

Season two was originally poised to launch in August but was pushed back to November as a result of the SAG-AFTRA strike as Max looked to keep a steady flow of programming as both the performers and writers work stoppages threatened the larger pipeline. The delay also allowed the cast and creatives to promote the show after both strikes concluded. Season two wrapped Dec. 21.

Rap Sh!t is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 100 percent score among critics. Viewers, however, aren’t as high on the comedy as the show sits with a 65 percent rating.

Rap Sh!t becomes the latest scripted series to be canceled recently at Max, joining Julia and Our Flag Means Death, both of which were also axed after two seasons. Max’s scripted roster includes the recently renewed Chuck Lorre comedy Bookie, awards darling Hacks, DC’s Peacemaker, And Just Like That, Tokyo Vice and the upcoming originals Duster, The Girls on the Bus and The Penguin.

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