Lil Mama talks TLC biopic audition
Lil Mama had no clue there was even going to be a TLC biopic until her uncle asked her whether she as going to audition for the VH1 TV movie. The “Lip Gloss” rapper revealed in a lengthy interview with The Hollie Wood & Friends Show that she didn’t get special treatment just because she’s a celebrity. She had to hustle to get an audition!
“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,” said Lil Mama, who acknowledged that it was a man named Claude Brooks that eventually got her in touch with the film’s casting directors.” 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.”
Lil Mama knew she made a lasting impression after her initial read. “I could tell they loved me because they called me back to every audition afterwards,” said Lil Mama, crediting her castin to the fact that she was able to handle anything casting directors threw at her.
As a female rapper, though, Lil Mama feels as though Nicki Minaj should be doing everything she can to breakup the boys club that is the hip-hop industry. “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,” said Lil Mama.
“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,” Lil Mama continued. ” 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.