In honor of Apache, who recently passed away, we had a phoner with the “gangsta bitch” from the popular song and video from the 90’s. Jeanette Branch talks about auditioning for the role, her experience with Apache, and what she’s up to now.
Currently she’s a Hollywood actress, starring in the only film based on a Donald Goines novel “Crime Partners” and she was the film’s costume designer. She played NETTIE in “Baller Blockin” opposite Lil Wayne & Juvenile and she’s starring opposite Ving Rhames as his lady BRENDA in “The Wrath of Cain”.
Jeanette is also one of the few black stuntwomen in Hollywood, having done stunts for Angela Bassett, Vivica A. Fox and others.[audio:http://angelayee.mystagingwebsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Jeanette-Branch-interview.mp3]
For more information on the details surrounding Apache’s untimely death, check this ballerstatus article where original Flavor Unit member Lord Ali Ba-Ski addresses the health problems Apache suffered from:
“Apache is on permanent disability now. He has a bruised heart. He got his bruised heart from when he was with that label [Tommy Boy] and making all that good money, ‘cos Apache got the biggest shine — not including Naughty By Nature and Latifah and all the rest of ’em — but as far as the original Flavor Unit cats? He got the biggest shine outta all of us, as far as money. I mean he had a $250,000 budget with his label, see. And Apache did show after show after show. He was getting triple what Chill Rob was getting for a show. He used to get anywhere from 7 G’s to 20 G’s a show! He went through some money. This guy used to get so high and drunk — his whole thing was a big ‘ol party. Then he bloated all the way up to 300 and something pounds, and mind you he’s like only 5’9″, 5’10”. He blew up to 300 pounds and the guys almost bed-ridden from getting so big, and then he went up and down.”
I can’t lie, I probably still have my black Carhartt at home somewhere.