Queens star Eve had one request for series creator Zahir McGhee. “I said, ‘Z, we can’t have no wack-ass music,'” she recalls in a new, exclusive behind-the-scenes video featuring a sneak peek of tonight’s episode (ABC, 10/9c). “‘I can’t be a part of that.'”
Fortunately for Eve — and us — McGhee’s plan for the show included bringing rap and hip-hop legend Swizz Beatz on as executive music producer, which gave the drama its signature sound and led to scenes like the epic Naomi-Brianna rap battle that will unfold tonight. (“As soon as I heard his name, I was like, ‘We’re fine,'” Eve says with a laugh.)
As we get a look at the showdown between Professor Sex and Xplicit Lyrics, Brandy waxes enthusiastic about making a longtime dream come true — “Rapping on the show is definitely filling a void,” she says — and Velazquez pays homage to the power of ’90s music.
The episode’s official synopsis reads: “After a bad concert review, the women come to terms with the fact that their old image and music no longer serve them; and while Naomi struggles to maintain creative control, Brianna argues for a more collaborative group effort. Meanwhile, Eric takes Valeria out to dinner and dancing in hopes of inspiring her creativity. Later, Naomi gets a second chance to prove herself to JoJo.” And if you look very closely in the video at the top of the post, you can get a hint at something big that happens to Naughton’s Jill during the hour.
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