The media world has been buzzing with news that rapper, singer and songwriter, Lil Mama aka Naitia Kirkland has landed the enthralling role of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in the upcoming TLC biopic. For those who are unaware of who Lil Mama is, she’s the young lady who crashed Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” performance during MTV’s 2009 Video Music Awards. Interesting enough, we humorously suggested Lil Mama for the part of Left Eye last November in our entertaining piece, “Actresses Who Could Play TLC In Upcoming VH1 Biopic”.
The news was actually broken by legendary rapper, MC Lyte during the VIBE Impact Awards. Lyte began by expressing how talented Lil Mama is and vowing to somewhat mold and guide her in an effort to assist the young emcee in reaching her full potential.
“I’m gonna put a little bit of my concentration and focus on helping to uplift a sister who is talented, smart, witty and just had her chances cut too short. And that’s Lil Mama because she is a talented young lady. I want to see her do some beautiful things…” Lyte told Hip Hollywood prior to the pre-Grammy bash.
She then went on to spill the beans on the great news.
“And… I don’t know if I’m supposed to say, but I will. She just got the role of Left Eye in TLC’s new movie. I am so excited for her,” Lyte continued.
First of all, it is extremely admirable that MC Lyte has chosen to take 23-year-old Naitia under wings. The young star hasn’t had the easiest time over the years and her VMA performance-crashing stunt left a stain on her image so permanent that most industry heads appeared to not want much to do with her.
If she does well, Kirkland’s role as Left Eye could be just the thing that she needs to catapult her career into the next dimension.
Check out footage of MC Lyte discussing the young star’s new role on the next page. What do you think of Lil Mama playing Left Eye? Is she a good fit?