Like Issa Rae’s comedy series Unsafe approaching its series grand finale, airing on December 26 Rolling Stone News looks back on the series’ five sound seasons with music supervisor Kier Lehman.
“It’s one of the interesting things about the combination of music and storytelling, imagery and image – that you kind of create this new connection for people with music. And there may be a story in the song that people connect to, but when we connect it to that story, they’re already kind of really invested in that show or movie, ”says Lehman. “It really creates a deeper connection and helps people remember this music in a new way and have a new sense of memory for the scene or for the way they felt or the way they felt. connects to their real life. “
Throughout the conversation, Lehman breaks down some of each’s most memorable musical hits. Unsafe season, from Leikeli47’s empowering “Girl Blunt” in season three – which has become synonymous with the show’s cultural resonance, especially when it comes to black women – to the Kelela “Blue Light” cut that catches the eye. vulnerability, which appears in season two.
During its five years of existence, Unsafe shaped his narrative through these remarkable sonic pockets filled with artists both aspiring and familiar, interweaving this art of songwriting and producing songs with visual storytelling. In a musical addition completing the circle, Los Angeles artist Thundercat returned with an original song titled “Satellite,” created specifically for the show’s final season.
“I’m glad people are seeing what music has to come in the final episodes. I think we’ve really done the show and the music that we need to finish justice, ”Lehman said. “And I hope the fans are excited about it, enjoying it and getting all the feelings that will come out at the end of the series.”