Issa Rae, the star and co-creator of the HBO comedy series "Insecure," has partnered with Afropunk for a contest in which the winner's music will be featured on Season 3 of "Insecure," as well as on the "Insecure" Season 3 soundtrack that will be released on RCA Records on a date to be announced. The #InsecureTracksContest is open to independent artists, who can upload their music at the contest's official site. The deadline to enter is May 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HBO will premiere the third season of "Insecure" in 2018, on a date to be announced.
In "Insecure," Rae plays Issa Dee, a young urban professional in Los Angeles who's navigating the challenges of her career, a complicated love life and her friendship with her best pal Molly Carter (played by Yvonne Orji), an outspoken attorney. Rae has earned Golden Globe nominations for the critically acclaimed "Insecure," which premiered in 2016. Each season of the show has had an accompanying soundtrack album.
Songs that have been featured on "Insecure" soundtracks include D'Angelo and the Vanguard's "Sugah Daddy," Thundercat's "Heartbreaks + Setbacks," TT the Artist's "Lavish," SZA's “Love Galore” (featuring Travis Scott), GoldLink's “Crew” (featuring Brent Faiyaz and Shy G) and Jazmine Sullivan's “Let It Burn." The latter three songs were Top 10 hits on The Hollywood Reporter's Top TV Songs chart in July 2017.
According to RCA Records' announcement about the "Insecure" soundtrack contest, participants' music "should not reference the show directly by using character names, actor names or the show title in the lyrics. Issa Rae, music supervisor Kier Lehman and their music team will select one winner from a pool of finalists."
In a September 2017 interview with Grammy.com, "Insecure" composer Raphael Saadiq explained how he writes score music for the TV show: "I just look at the characters like Issa Dee and Lawrence [Walker], and frame out what I think the characters are. After that, you just go into the [studio] knowing you've got to get a job done. Musically, I just want to keep the flow going, because it's a great story, a strong point of view from a woman’s voice."
Saadiq and Rae sat down for a conversation together for HBO, which you can watch here.