Songs for Screens: ‘Insecure’ Music Supervisor on Why City Girls Are ‘The Sza of This Season’

Songs For Screens is a Variety column sponsored by music experiential agency Mac Presents, based in NYC. It is written by Andrew Hampp, founder of music marketing consultancy 1803 LLC and former correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we deem ripe for synch use.

Few shows currently on television have captured the current musical zeitgeist better than HBO’s “Insecure.”

Driven by star, executive producer and co-writer Issa Rae as well as longtime music supervisor Kier Lehman, the Emmy-nominated series’ song selections have mirrored and sometimes even predicted the current wave of hip-hop/R&B, with key narrative-driven synchs for acts like Sza, GoldLink, Daniel Caesar and many other contemporary heavyweights in its first two seasons.

Sunday’s premiere of the third season continued this hot streak, with the slinky, Steve Lacy

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