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Issa Rae Rates Group Chats, Surprise Parties and Men Wearing Shorts

In this episode of Over/Under, Issa Rae rates waking up early, surprise parties, group chats, being sober at the club, men wearing "short shorts," and more.

Released on 07/06/2023


If you're the first to arrive at the party,

you're not the fun one, so don't.

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Group chats are overrated.

All of mine are on mute.

I tap in what I want to tap in.

There's nothing worse than

going to your phone, and seeing 127 unread messages.

I hate group chats so much.

I have actually turned off the bubble

that shows up above your text message.

So, now I don't know how many unread text messages I have.

That has been the source of so much anxiety.

So, now it just looks like I never have any text messages,

and nobody loves me.

And I'm fine with that.

I think we've all acknowledged that we're on mute.

One of my friends will literally be like,

Oh, it's getting juicy.

Let me unmute the chat.

So, I think we're very real with each other.

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Surprise parties are kind of scary.

What if you invited some people

that I don't want to be surprised by,

that I don't want to be there.

How do you know who to invite?

What if you didn't invite the right people?

And then once I'm surprised, then what?

Then we're just all there.

Does it turn into a party?

It's just a lot of pressure to be surprised.

Are you gonna be satisfied by my surprise?

What if I don't surprise in the way that you like?

Just don't do it, don't surprise me.

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If you are the first to arrive at a party,

you're not getting invited anymore.

Honestly, it's overrated to arrive to a party first.

I think you should just wait for other people to get there.

Wait in your car.

See, Oh, a group of people are coming up,

now I'll go inside,

because then there's the pressure

to entertain just you for the host,

and I wasn't ready.

I didn't say that this is a singles party.

It's not a one-on-one party.

I didn't come, and just entertain you,

and now you're here,

and I'm waiting for other people to get here,

so it gets live.

If you are the first to arrive at the party,

you're not the fun one, so don't.

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Waking up early is underrated.

You just have the day ahead of you, if you get up early.

Honestly, I think staying up late is overrated, because why?

What are you seeing at night?

Just night stays consistent, the day changes.

So, underrated, being an early riser.

I get up at 4:00 AM and I love it.

4:00 AM is early, but I go to bed early as well.

I started getting up at 4:00 AM,

so I could like walk in my neighborhood and exercise,

because during the day, you see people.

Like, I just didn't want all that.

And then, it became like,

Oh, this is the only time that I have for myself

to think before everybody else wakes up.

I don't have to work right away.

It just felt like my time.

And it just became more meditative for me.

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Reality TV is for sure overrated,

but I love every minute of it.

There's just so much of it,

and there are so many different iterations

of sometimes the same show now,

there are different iterations

of the same show in hundreds of languages.

And I still find myself watching Love Is Blind: Brazil.

Why am I doing that?

I just watched The Ultimatum: France.

Very good season.

Very different, but still overrated.

My favorite reality...

Does Jury Duty count?

Jury Duty is a blend of scripted and reality to me.

It's brilliant.

If I'm going pure trash, the last thing I watched was

probably the terrible Love Is Blind reading.

No, the last thing I watched was Indian Matchmaking.

And she finally got the matches.

It's been three seasons, and it's been hard for her,

and I was proud of her this season.

She did good.

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'90s movie soundtracks are underrated and the best.

Maybe they're perfectly rated,

because I think everybody appreciates that

that was the best era.

So, just rated,

correctly rated, they are perfect.

The Bodyguard, Soul Food, Titanic,

all these incredible movie soundtracks existed in the '90s,

and where are they now?

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Southern rap, underrated.

Miami based rap, underrated.

I feel like we're just scratching the surface.

First of all,

Southern rap has been running the industry since,

I want to say, I was in high school, I don't know.

There's been a rain,

but I haven't heard enough Miami artists take over,

so bring 'em out, bring 'em out.

I have a show called Rap Shit

that pays homage to the Miami rap scene.

And also, it pays homage

to the female rap craze that we're having right now.

So, many amazing female rappers are out

and getting their due, which is a difference

I think, in the past,

sometimes there've only been one or two

that have been able to thrive at once.

And now there are so many.

Favorite Miami artists, I love Jack Boy.

Is Jack Boy from Miami?

I love City Girls obviously.

Trina, Trick Daddy, Chameleon.

She's not from Miami, she's from Florida though.

The list has more to go.

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Being sober at the club is overrated.

Why would you do that?

Well, I understand why

certain people would do that.

Sobriety's great, and congratulations,

but for me, it is overrated, and clubs are too.

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Men in short shorts,

if you have the thighs, it's underrated.

I think overrated are just,

if you can't fill out the short shorts,

then you shouldn't wear 'em.

[Producer] That's right. [laughing]

Did you say, That's right?


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