Issa Rae Is A Bit Surprised That Fans Love Her Hot Takes  

Hear them on the 'Insecure' season two soundtrack that drops today!
 

Thursday night at Genius’ headquarters in Brooklyn, Rob Markman and Issa Rae sat down for an intimate conversation about the music of Insecure. Sitting in a room of around 150 people, the dynamic talent talked about music selection, pivotal season two scenes and what she’s currently listening to.

“He is one of my music baes,” Rae said about Frank Ocean. “Drake is [also] a music bae. Prentice [Penny] and I meet in a cabana before each season to just drink and talk about what we want to explore in the season. And before we even started about talking about stories, I was like, ‘Yo. So for the first season I just want to do like, Drake… I want people to just utter dialogue that are Drake lyrics.'” 

Being such a Drake fan makes sense, as her character on the HBO show is known for releasing her upset through anxsy bars. Rae initially started rapping on her web-series Awkward Black Girl, and brought the same element to Insecure

“A lot of people asked for it on the first soundtrack. I was like, ‘Oh, people want those?’ So we put them on for the second season.”

Yes, on the soundtrack that drops today fans can hear a mix of SZA, Jorja Smith and Jazmine Sullivan —in addition to Rae. 

“They’re really just first-draft trash raps tha come from the gut. I just wanted this character to not be so good at what she does, and that’s her pure way of expressing herself.”

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I appreciate you wearing your hair like that, you know? I'm like, thank you for your approval. [MUSIC]. My mom used to always push me to rock my natural hair. She was so frustrated with me in high school when I, Constantly covered it. She was like I know you're hair and if you get a perm it's gonna fall out. After awhile I was like, mama, I don't care what you say. I wanna do it and this is my choice. I am 12. [LAUGH] And, my hair fell out. And she was like I told your bald-headed ****. Men always come with the Sister, and the Queen, which is fine. Great, thank you, I say they think I like poetry a lot. They think that I'm a cocoa butter queen. But they always approach me delicately. Like I just want to say I appreciate you braiding your hair like that, you know. I'm like, thank you for you approval. [MUSIC] I love Tiana Parrish. She's amazing, her hair is always on point. I love Solange's hair styles. She just always kills the game. So I saw Natalie [UNKNOWN] video, and she had a bald Head and I just thought she was so beautiful and I was also working in a job that I was frustrated with and trying to get [UNKNOWN] girl off the ground. I've tweeted something like, man, I wish I had an excuse, like I wish someone would just break up with me so that I could have an excuse to shave my hair off. And then I was like, that's a funny plot line Of a show or something. And decided to put on Facebook that I wanted to shave my head bald. And so all my friends responded, my gosh, do it! You about to be so ugly! My god, what if you have a weird shaped head? And I was like, my friends are terrible. But I saw how much attention I was getting and I was like, my I should use this. I should shave my head and then do a trailer for Awkward Black Girl where I feature my bald head and that way people who want to see what I look like will also know about this new show that I'm trying to do. And so I did it and it got like 3,000 views in a day and I had a bald head. Now I had a fresh start. And that bald head changed my life. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]