Once you’re taking part in one in all “the primary girls of hip-hop,” you higher be capable to rap.
However in her audition for the position of Salt in Lifetime’s “Salt-N-Pepa” biopic, which premieres Saturday at eight p.m., GG Townson flubbed the circulation to the groundbreaking group’s 1993 hit “Shoop.”
“We needed to put together a rap for the preliminary audition,” says Townson, 30. “As a result of I used to be conversant in ‘Shoop,’ I used to be like, ‘Oh yeah, I can get it!’ However being within the room, my mind was like, ‘Nope, you don’t keep in mind the phrases.’ I assumed that there was no means that they had been gonna name me again.”
However since reworking into Cheryl “Salt” James, Townson has upped her “Shoop” recreation. “Now I’m word-perfect, and I can rap it in my sleep,” she says.
Moreover director Mario Van Peebles, Townson (Bounce TV’s “Within the Lower”) needed to go the final word check with the real-life Salt and Pepa, who served as government producers. “What I didn’t know on the time, Cheryl and Sandy [Denton, aka Pepa] had been watching the entire course of,” she says. “They had been handpicking who may undergo.”
Though Townson was “nervous” about assembly the “Push It” rapper in individual, Salt instantly put her comfy. “It wasn’t a ‘Ooh, let me measurement this woman up,’ ” she says. “It was simply love.”
Along with researching her position by watching previous SNP interviews and music movies, Townson bought priceless perception straight from Salt. “It was extra me studying [about] who she was,” she says. “We talked typically. If she wasn’t on set, we had been on FaceTime, we had been texting all day. The communication was very fluid. However there have been a number of instances the place we had been speaking about stuff that had nothing to do with the movie.”
That connection developed into an actual friendship: “Even to this present day, she nonetheless checks in: ‘Child woman, are you OK? What’s happening? How’s life?’ It’s a tremendous bond.”
Townson additionally bonded with Laila Odom, who performs Pepa. “Me and Laila knew one another previous to the audition course of, however we weren’t like greatest associates,” she says. “Because the filming went on, [our] relationship bought nearer. We spent actual time with one another off set. That’s why the chemistry is so good onscreen. It wasn’t something that we needed to activate as soon as we started working.
“It was dope the best way that it labored out.”
As for rocking the entire iconic Salt-N-Pepa appears to be like re-created within the film, “it was completely wonderful,” says Townson. “I believe my favourite coiffure was the finger wave, a lot in order that even after we had stopped taking pictures, for almost all of 2020 I used to be rocking a brief minimize as a result of I simply fell in love with it that a lot.”
Townson’s late grandfather, Ronald Townson, is a member of the Grammy-winning group the fifth Dimension (“Up, Up and Away,” “Wedding ceremony Bell Blues”), so she had “musical blood within the household.” And she or he has a recurring position on the brand new season of the CW’s “All American” as singer Lil Jewel.
“So I believe the universe is telling me that I have to put out an album,” says Townson. “Possibly. You by no means know. Coming from a music household, I really feel like everyone anticipated me to go full power with the music.”
For now, although, she’s proud to have a good time the music legacy of Salt-N-Pepa.
“I believe that it’s vital as a result of they had been and are the primary girls of hip-hop,” she says. “I really like the truth that …they’re telling their story and getting their roses whereas they’re alive.”
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