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"That was a personal thing for me, but that's not something that we bang you over the head with."With the help of the show's music consultant Solange Knowles, Insecure's actual soundtrack is filled with the songs by both independent and established artists of color, from Kendrick Lamar ("Alright") to Junglepussy ("Bling Bling").And their work isn't just being used to spice things up or add a sense of trendy currency; the tunes figures prominently into the show and its flow, serving as a reflection of the fictional Issa's own musical talent and need for expression that's re-ignited during the first season."I think about artists like Drake who I really love and can pinpoint albums that reflect certain times in my life," Rae admits.But I wanted to make something more grounded that fit HBO's sensitivities, and felt a little bit more raw and authentic to me."Raw is exactly what Rae delivers when telling the story of her character, also named Issa, who's navigating both a dead-end relationship with her live-in boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis) and a job at a largely white non-profit that works with black students around L. Then an ex-boyfriend comes back into her life and reminds Issa of her passion for rapping, which prompts her to tap into her creative side.Meanwhile, her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) is a successful lawyer who desperately wants to get married and refuses to settle for a man who is not as or more successful than her."But his music has literally been a soundtrack to some of the best moments in my life.I wanted to make sure the artists were as diversely reflected as possible and that anybody could play this soundtrack and be like ' Oh my gosh, this is the soundtrack to my life, too!"I tapped a lot into my real life relationships, my real life friendships, my real life thoughts and feelings and insecurities," Rae explains of the inspirations."When you're doing that, it does become very specific and authentic.
"We have a Drake lyric in every episode as an Easter egg," she reveals.
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Of course we're open for that.'" Knowles, in turn, helped introduce the team to Raphael Saadiq, who wrote original music for the show, as well.
"The show has just gotten better over time and with each new team member that's been added." Examining the larger picture of the moment in which Insecure is premiering — a moment just shortly after the Emmy Awards celebrated their most diverse year yet and the white male anti-heroes of Breaking Bad, Mad Men, etc.