Music industry

Exclusive: Issa Rae talks the music industry, the sequel and more at UnitedMasters SelectCon

Now more than ever, creatives need resources to propel themselves to the next level.

To do so, Steve Stoute’s UnitedMasters traveled to Brooklyn, NY on May 5, 2022, to build a brighter future for creators at the fourth annual SelectCon.

Programming throughout the afternoon included DJ Drama, Coodie, Hit-Boy and Jim Jones to help emerging artists, creatives and entrepreneurs prepare for the future. There was even a fireside chat with Stoute and Issa Rae that was fitting for a grand finale in the evening.

Before training as a DJ with DJ Drama, Angel + Dren and many more invaded, Issa Rae spoke about the music industry, the sequel and more.

Check it out below.

On the music industry:

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“I’m still learning about this industry and as a creator, I always appreciate creators. On the Hollywood side, I do my best to make sure there’s a pipeline, that there’s comfort, that there is transparency, and I don’t see that on the music side.

On the sequel:

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“I want a studio in Los Angeles, South Los Angeles specifically. I want to continue building in my community. There are so many opportunities to help build my neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. I just want to kill him in my field.

On “Awkward Black Girl” and “Insecure:”

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“It was two different shows. I had ‘Awkward Black Girl’ – it was 24 episodes. I was okay with that and I feel like it’s an existing work that will continue to live. With ‘Insecure’, I wanted a whole new show. I also like 24 or 25 when I came up with the idea. I wanted the show to feel more developed, more like an HBO show.