“I Don’t See Her Embracing Any Other Women”: Lil Mama On Her Issue With Nicki Minaj, And The Struggle To Play Left Eye
In an interview with The Hollie Wood & Friends Show on Blog Talk Radio, rapper Lil Mama, who is about to be everywhere thanks to this TLC biopic and the reality show Hip-Hop Sisters, spoke about what it took to snag her role as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, the lack of unity between female rappers right now, and why the queen bee of rap right now, Nicki Minaj (in terms of sales and popularity), needs to embrace other women in the game. Here’s what she had to say about everything, including the importance of U.N.I.T.Y:
On The Struggle She Went Through To Audition And Win The Role Of Left Eye:
“I definitely had to audition, I heard about it through my uncle when I came back home to NY. He asked if I was going to audition. When he was saying TLC, I’m thinking the channel TLC, ‘like what are you talking about?’
Once I got through the first audition, I could tell they loved me because they called me back to every audition afterwards, which were about three auditions. I just stayed humble; I went through the ropes, read my script. It was one day I read three pages and then the day before they would send me ten more pages then 13 pages and I just had to be ready. I think the key to it all was just being ready. They wanted to know could she be ready? ‘If we are off-set and I give her three pages and then I say 13 pages, will she be able to pull it off ?,’ and I was able to pull it off and I was very honored to get that part.”
On The Unity In Hip-Hop Between Women Back In The Day, And Why She Misses It Now:
“We need to understand that we all have different stories. One of the things that makes me most happy about music is that I can look at a picture and see Da Brat, Missy, Lil Kim, Left Eye and I know Aaliyah is a singer but to see them all in one photo together hugging and laughing and really having genuine love for each other. I want to feel that with my Hip-Hop sisters. I feel like we shouldn’t bash each other on records and get in-person and talk about how there is no more room for another female MC, it’s only me and F you. Even with the dudes they will battle and let you know, ‘you are not nicer than me’ but at the end of the day we should be able to get together and enjoy each other.”
On Nicki Minaj And The Importance Of Minaj Embracing Other Female Rappers In The Game:
“It’s a lot of underground women who are trying to break through, but on a mainstream level the only person that I really hear on radio is Nicki Minaj. A lot of times I hear her say, “I do this for women” and “I’m doing this for all of us” while she’s accepting a BET Award, but other than that I don’t see her putting any other women on. I don’t see her on tracks with other women that are current. I don’t see her embracing any other women. I feel like its time for female MC’s to really start sticking together and start putting out some music.”
I can see what Lil Mama is trying to say, but does she really promote unity in music herself? She was just out here two years ago claiming Nicki was biting her style. But I will say that I agree that there needs to be more unity between women in Hip-Hop, and honestly just in music in general.
What do you think of Lil Mama’s comments?