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Queens is one of the most promising new series of the season.

10/21/2021 2:38:00 AM

Queens is one of the most promising new series of the season.

Queens is one of the most promising new series of the season.

Queensis a redemption story, and who doesn’t love a comeback?The show’s central tension is put in place when the up-and-coming rapper Lauren"Lil Muffin" Rice (Pepi Sonuga) samples an old Nasty Bitches song, catapulting her to fame and renewing interest in the hip-hop group. But though she is wildly successful, Lauren has no real control over her career or image, as is pointed out when the Nasty Bitches meet the star for the first time in order to hash out plans for a joint performance at the BET Awards. “We are not a sideshow,” Valeria says. “You’re not a show at all anymore,” rebuts Lauren’s manager Charlie (Hunter Burke) dismissively. “It’s not 1999 when you had your one big album. Now you’re [scoffs] whatever you are.” The show does a great job of highlighting how women are commodified by the music industry and how quickly one can fall from grace when there’s no one around to protect you from harm. “I see some things haven’t changed. Just a bunch of straight men shaping the image of a young, impressionable artist,” says Jill shortly after that encounter. Just how much the precarious situations in which women artists often find themselves in haven’t changed is put on display in a shocking scene later in the episode.

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QueensVerzuz, acts as the show’s executive music producer. From “Nasty Girl,” the catchy episode opener, to the mesmerizing and smooth vocals of Brandy’s Naomi as she sings on “Hear Me” toward the first episode’s end, you’ll likely have the songs from

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