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When critical darling You’re the Worst returns for its second season on younger-skewing FXX, showrunner Stephen Falk will expand his skill set to include writing rap lyrics.
The romantic comedy about two terrible people Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) and their equally dysfunctional friends Lindsay (Kether Donohue) and Edgar (Desmin Borges) will continue to spotlight the gang’s delayed adolescence — and also feature a rap feud.
“You get to see more with the rappers and [Gretchen’s] work life,” Cash told reporters Friday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.
As part of that, publicist Gretchen will see her rap clients — Sam (Brandon Mychal Smith), Shitstain (Darrell Britt-Gibson) and Honeynutz (Allen Maldonado) — get into a feud, which like Meek Mill and Drake, will be fought musically.
“Sam, Shitstain and Honeynutz have a rap beef this season so they have to write dis tracks, which is what you do — you drop diss tracks on SoundCloud or what ever to respond as Drake and Meek Mill are doing right now,” Falk told THR after the panel. “But we did it before this new rap beef came out. As a writer, it’s my job to then write the words that come out of the actors’ mouths, and in this case it is raps.”
That prompted Falk to write at least two songs for season two of the series: “New Phone, Who Dis?” and “Cut ‘Em Loose.”
“I’ve always been a rap fan and I love old-school rap because we’re all stuck in the music that we grew up listening to, but at the same time I like to stay current so I listen to current rap,” Falk explained. “It was really trying to approximate music that’s being made now. My composer is brilliant and I sent him a lot of beats that I thought that our rappers would be in the same genre to and then I tried to write raps that didn’t suck. I did OK, we’ll see! They made it sound way cooler than my raps actually are.”
Falk also hopes that the network will release the singles for download the way FX previously had done for musical performances from American Horror Story.
Elsewhere, season two will also explore the dynamic between Jimmy and Gretchen now that they’re living together and how they navigate avoiding normalcy.
“You see different elements of our characters in different situations,” Cash said. “I don’t know if they’ve grown much; it’s two steps forward, two steps back, but by the end of the season they do take a step forward.”
Added Geere: “They have to learn to compromise in order to progress and these are people who aren’t willing to compromise about anything. If Jimmy wants Gretchen to live with him — and he does — he’s going to have to take a huge step. He makes her a … nightstand from Ikea but that’s his tiny gesture of compromise and for him, that’s enough.”
As for Lindsay and Edgar’s budding romance, Cash revealed that the two characters shared a kiss in season one that wound up on the cutting-room floor.
“In the first few episodes, Edgar’s infatuation with Lindsay is explored,” Donohue said. “As season progresses, we see different dynamics that deepen the characters and show different sides of who they are.”
One thing likely to complicate those dynamics is Collette Wolfe‘s Dorothy, a new love interest for Edgar.
You’re the Worst returns Sept. 9 at 10:30 p.m. on FXX. For more scoop, check out our deep dive interview with Falk about season two here.
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