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Eve finds her perfect match as she returns to TV with 'Queens'

Dawn Burkes, Los Angeles Times on

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"That has definitely been a challenge in the sense that obviously, I want to be believable and evoke those real emotions, which I haven't had practice on," she says. "But it's definitely been a nice muscle to try to test. And hopefully, that opens up some doors for some other things. You never know."

What she does know is that she's not the one writing the rhymes this time. And it's really OK.

"I get to be and do and be this character and sing this music that I'm really proud of," she says, noting that the show was the first time she's rapped in a cypher — "incredible" — in which it was all women. "But what's nice is I don't have the pressure of a label or trying to sell records on my own. So that part of it is actually very nice.

"Honestly, I'm happy with Swizz, because I trust him fully. We barely speak about the music or show ... except for the fact that I'm like, 'Yo, this song is amazing.' But the person that's writing along with Swizz, they're killing it. To be honest, the production schedule is so hectic, there's no time to even tweak anything with music. So thank God it's been perfect."

The video at the top of the series' packed first episode goes a long way toward establishing each character's personality. And music plays an integral role in that, with each song propelling the story.

The quartet's single and music video for "Nasty Girl" (not to be confused with the Vanity 6 single) dropped weeks ahead of the premiere of the show. The music, catchy as all get-out, is another character on the show. Eve has scaled heights before with Swizz Beats as her producer, when she was a member of the rap collective Ruff Ryders. It didn't take long for him to sign on either.

 

"My sister Eve called me about it and everybody started calling me about it. I said, 'So I guess this is the one we're gonna do,' he says and chuckles.

"Eve is a natural at this. She's been doing this for a long time, her and her supporting cast as well ... I've been scoring and executive-producing shows for a second, but this one is different because I love that it goes back to the era where I started, which was the '90s. And to be able to go back and visit that sound and have that be something that's launching in 2021, I think it's amazing."

Swizz Beats admires that the show is about "celebrating women," and he and his team strive to fit the lyrics to each character and star.

"Each character has an identity and musical identity that represents them, right? So we get all of the identities," he says of the process that starts with the script first and then the music, "a different choreography to producing. I get the identities of how we want Eve to sound, how we want everybody to sound.

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