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Brandy reveals why ‘Queens’ script was one she “could relate to”


You’ll see some veteran music stars in the ABC drama Queens, premiering tonight. Rapper Eve stars alongside singer Brandy and former 3LW member Naturi Naughton, playing a group of women rappers who were popular 20 years ago, but for whom that success and lifestyle is now a distant memory.

For Brandy, joining the show was a no-brainer, telling ABC Audio, “I just loved the fact that it was a 90s hip hop legendary group of women. I’ve never seen that even in hip hop today.”

“Then, it was never a hip hop girls group, ever. And so I was like, this is different,” she continued. “This is deep. I love it. I want to be a part of it. What do I sign up?”

Additionally, the Queens script was one that Brandy says that she could really relate to.

“The entire struggle of being, at the top of your game and then kind of losing it and getting an opportunity to do it again. Like I could relate to that,” she shares. 

Included in that script is some original music and rhymes, which Eve reveals she didn’t pen herself and jokes, “If I had to it would be “Old McDonald had a farm” over and over again.”

As for Naughton, it wasn’t so much coming up with lyrics that intimidated her as much as having to rap in front of one of the most successful female rappers of all time.

“I was a little bit scared when Eve was next to me,” she says. “Whenever my verse comes after hers I’m like God daggit I really have to kill it! I can’t come after Eve and not kill it!”

Catch Queens Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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