If you’ve yet to watch HBO’s award-winning hit comedy Insecure, haul your ass to the nearest TV and get to binging. Be prepared to face drama, messiness, way-too-relatable moments and a killer soundtrack!
Teaming up with Atlantic Records for the new season four’s soundtrack, the show’s star and creator Issa Rae and music supervisor Kier Lehman have done it again – curating the perfect blend of smooth soul, bouncy R&B and badass rap.
Weaving together a healthy mix of underground and mainstream artists, Rae’s vision from the start was showcasing LA-based & female artists, mirroring the context and base of the show. It was notable from the beginning that the show had its finger on the pulse of up-and-comers, but also played a big part in exposing these artists to wider audiences.
Previous features on past soundtracks have included LA natives Buddy, SiR and Kendrick Lamar, even making recurring characters out of tracks from up-and-comers such as Kari Faux, BOSCO, Iman Europe, Leikeli47 and TT The Artist. Rapper Vince Staples and singer Jidenna have also made memorable cameo appearances in the series, with Vince appearing as himself and Jidenna playing a charismatic, but douchey love interest to Issa’s BFF, Molly.
The show’s relationship with music was bound for success from the start with executive producer, season one & two director and absolute visionary Melina Matsoukas having previously directed music videos for superstars such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Solange, Eve, J.Lo and many more. With Matsoukas’ help, the indelible Solange Knowles was brought in as a music consultant for season four, assisting Rae and Lehman with selecting tracks to best fit their narrative. A third legend, in the form of virtuosic R&B icon Raphael Saadiq, has also been a trusted partner of the show as a composer of original music.
Calling it an ‘extension of her personal playlist’, Rae is closely involved with the curation and direction of the music here. Collaboratively with Lehman, the duo have consistently and carefully selected tracks on season four to help elevate the storytelling – using the soundtrack to add emotion, layers and depth to the scenes. And they never miss either – a recent use of Mya’s unmistakable classic, Case Of The Ex, sent Twitter into an absolute meltdown, perfectly purveying the increasingly blurring lines between Rae’s character Issa Dee and ex-boyfriend Lawrence.
Season four’s soundtrack has only continued the show’s run as a platform for great music, recruiting the likes of Rico Nasty, Pink Sweat$, Yung Baby Tate and many others contributing original music. Standouts so far have included Chicago singer Ravyn Lenae’s Rewind, delivering a very vintage-sounding beat covered with smooth vocals, and Jidenna’s bouncy, Afro-beat infused Feng Shui. Overall, a hazy flow of neo-soul mixed with snappy, boss bitch rap flood the soundtrack – it’s a true journey that shouldn’t be missed.