Brandy, Eve, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez & Pepi Sonuga Give Us An ‘Introduction’ Worthy Of ‘Queens’

After much hype, it’s finally premiere day for ABC’s new drama Queens. The show’s stars have been hard at work teasing the series with trailers and music videos showing the fictional group in their heyday and giving us an idea as to how the story of the series will go. But before they take their bow tonight, the women of Queens give us another show of the lyrical skills they’re bringing with “The Introduction.”

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Set up as a sort of freestyle, “The Introduction” features the ladies ripping rhymes over the instrumental of the Bravehearts raunchy classic “Oochie Wally” and showing that they’ve got some serious skills. Brandy‘s Naomi leads the charge with a rough and ready flow that goes pretty hard as she channels some of our ’90s gangsta rap faves. Naturi Naughton comes through right after as Jill as she continues to be on her Lil’ Kim steez while keeping up the preacher’s kid-turned-certified freak vibes by bouncing from the sanctified to the secular with quick rhymes. Nadine Velazquez‘s Butter Pecan and Pepi Sonuga‘s Lil Muffin round out the middle with decent rhymes that meet the assignment but don’t necessarily excel. Luckily, Eve‘s Professor Sex pulls up the rear with a slick rhyme that sounds like it could’ve been part of her repertoire in her Ruff Ryders glory days while throwing references to Slick Rick and Mary JBlige before the beat ends.

It’s pretty clear that they’ve gotten the music and the hip-hop feel right for the new show. Now it just remains to be seen if Queens can bring the kind of drama that will have TV viewers hooked. Before the series premiere airs tonight, get a taste of what the ladies of Queens have to offer by checking out “The Introduction” below.

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