Lil Mama Talks TLC Biopic And Nicki Minaj ‘I Don’t See Her Putting Other Women On’

In a recent interview that Lil Mama did with The Hollie Wood and Friend Show on Blog Talk Radio, while promoting her upcoming projects, she dished on an array of subjects. Lil’ Mama discussed her role as Left Eye in the upcoming TLC biopic, how she feels about female MC’s today and about how she feels as though Nicki Minaj doesn’t put other female rappers on. 

*Scratches head* Lil’ Mama has thrown plenty of shade at Nicki so of course Nicki isn’t going to want to work with her. Chile please !

Peep the excerpts from the interview.

How did the Left-Eye role come about?
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.’

I got in touch with [MC] Lyte but she didn’t really know who was doing it, so she called some people, they called some other people and long story short, my boy Claude Brooks, he hooked me up with casting and then they gave me the run around. I had like three or four auditions but just trying to get into the first one was like trying to get into Madison Square Garden while Jay-Z is performing.

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.

What do you think about the female rappers out today?
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

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.

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