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  • [88] Acting Vibe magazine has noted her as the first female rapper to cross over into TV & film,[89] as an artist that “broke barriers and set standards” for Black women in
    music to follow, and cited her as the “First Lady of Hip-Hop”.

  • From 1993 to 1998, Latifah had a starring role on Living Single, the FOX sitcom, which gained high ratings among black audiences; she also wrote and performed its theme music.

  • [73] Hip-hop magazine ego trip stated that Latifah won the feud with her diss record “Name Callin’ Part II” and added that she showed that “the lady’s still first”, in reference
    to Latifah’s 1990 single, “Ladies First”.

  • 2002–present: Mainstream success Queen Latifah performing at the “Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future” concert in 2009 Although Latifah had previously received some critical
    acclaim, she gained mainstream success after being cast as Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago, a musical film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

  • [18] Music career 1988–1989: Career beginnings She began beat boxing for the hip-hop group Ladies Fresh and was an original member of the Flavor Unit, which, at that time,
    was a crew of MCs grouped around producer DJ King Gemini, who made a demo recording of Queen Latifah’s rap Princess of the Posse.

  • The song got the attention of Tommy Boy Music employee Dante Ross, who signed Latifah and in 1989 issued her first single, “Wrath of My Madness”.

  • [76] Legacy Music Often cited as one of the best female rappers,[77] Queen Latifah achieved groundbreaking success[78] in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and became what Pitchfork
    considered as the “most recognizable female rapper” of the golden era of hip hop.

  • [27] In 2009, Latifah, along with the NJPAC Jubilation Choir,[28] recorded the title track on the album Oh, Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration, covering the song that
    the Edwin Hawkins Singers made popular in 1969.

  • “[2] In the book Notable Black American Women, Jessie Carney Smith hailed her as “rap’s first feminist” and “one of the few women to make a mark in the male-dominated field
    of rap music”.

  • She has appeared in a number of films, such as Bringing Down the House (2003), Taxi (2004), Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2005), Beauty Shop (2005), Last Holiday (2006),
    Hairspray (2007), Joyful Noise (2012), 22 Jump Street (2014) and Girls Trip (2017) and provided voice work in the Ice Age film series.

  • [83][82][85][52] Latifah became the first solo female rapper to receive a RIAA certification for an album (Black Reign), a commercial breakthrough that the AllMusic editor
    considered as creating a path for “a talented crew of women rappers to make their own way onto the charts as the 90s progressed”.

  • Latifah appeared in the 1996 box-office hit, Set It Off, and had a supporting role in the Holly Hunter film Living Out Loud (1998).

  • [72][74] Foxy Brown retaliated via a response-diss record titled “Talk to Me”, in which Brown made fun of the ratings of Latifah’s television talk show and went on to make
    various homophobic remarks to both Latifah and then-newcomer Queen Pen.

  • [25] 2003–2009: Change to traditional singing Queen Latifah hosts LEAGUE National Awards and Recognition Luncheon 2008 After Order in the Court, Latifah shifted primarily
    to singing soul music and jazz standards, which she had used sparingly in her previous hip-hop-oriented records.

  • Although the production itself was not well received, critics widely praised Latifah’s performance,[44][45] with The Hollywood Reporter calling her performance “the best moment
    of the evening”.

  • “[82] Throughout her career, several media publications have referred to her as the “Queen of Rap”[51][83][84] including New York magazine (1990) via editor Dinitia Smith,[80]
    as well as “Queen of Hip Hop”.

  • [110] Accolades Queen Latifah became the first female hip-hop recording artist to get nominated for an Oscar.

  • [22] The single “Ladies First” featuring Monie Love became the first collaborative track by two female rappers not in a group.

  • [111] In 2006, Latifah became the first hip-hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,[112] and was also inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2011.

  • [70][71] By late spring of 1998, Latifah responded to Brown through another diss record titled, “Name Callin’ Part II.

  • [9] That year, she appeared as Referee on the UK label Music of Life album 1989 – The Hustlers Convention (live).

  • [68] Feud with Foxy Brown Disagreements between Foxy Brown and Queen Latifah began in mid-1996, where media reports indicated that Brown was a prime target in Latifah’s diss
    record “Name Callin'”, which was featured in the movie soundtrack Set It Off.

  • [120] Discography Studio albums • All Hail the Queen (1989) • Nature of a Sista’ (1991) • Black Reign (1993) • Order in the Court (1998) • The Dana Owens Album (2004) • Trav’lin’
    Light (2007) • Persona (2009) Tours Latifah, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu joined to create and own the rights to the Sugar Water Festival Tour, LLC.

  • Apart from singing, Queen Latifah has written a book on confidence and self-respect called Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman.

  • Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released her debut album All Hail the Queen on November 28, 1989, featuring the hit single “Ladies

  • Film and television 1991–2001: Early career She began her film career in supporting roles in the 1991 and 1992 films House Party 2, Juice and Jungle Fever.

  • In 2006, she became the first hip hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  • Since then, she has had both leading and supporting roles in a multitude of films that received varied critical and box office receptions, including films such as Scary Movie
    3, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Taxi, Kung Faux, Beauty Shop, and Hairspray.

  • [9] A 2006 interview revealed that Latifah still wears the key to the motorcycle around her neck,[9] visible throughout her performance in her sitcom Living Single.

  • More recent artists, like Ice Cube and Lil’ Kim, would go on to sample Latifah’s track in their songs, “Wrath of Kim’s Madness” and “You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” in later

  • [9] Latifah is one of five hip-hop/R&B artists to receive an Academy Award nomination in an acting category.

  • In 2003, she starred with Steve Martin in the film Bringing Down the House, which was a major success at the box office.

  • Her third album, Black Reign (1993), became the first album by a solo female rapper to receive a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[2]
    and spawned the single “U.N.I.T.Y.

  • [32] Also in 2006, Latifah voiced Ellie, a friendly mammoth, in the animated film, Ice Age: The Meltdown (her first voice appearance in an animated film), and appeared in
    the drama Stranger Than Fiction.

  • [79] AllMusic writer Steve Huey stated that Latifah was “certainly not the first female rapper, but she was the first one to become a bona fide star.

  • [73] In 2000, Brown and Latifah reconciled; to prove that the truce was real, Brown performed her song “Na Na Be Like” on The Queen Latifah Show.

  • She then starred in the lead role of Set It Off (1996) and released her fourth album, Order in the Court, on June 16, 1998, with Motown Records.

  • [9] Film critic Richard Roeper stated that “this is the Queen Latifah performance I’ve been waiting for ever since she broke into movies”.

  • In early 2006, Latifah appeared in a romantic comedy/drama entitled Last Holiday.

  • [23] For her performance as Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago, Latifah earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first woman in hip
    hop to earn an Oscar nomination.

  • Latifah performed new arrangements of standards including “California Dreaming”, first made popular by 1960s icons the Mamas & the Papas.

  • [86] The song was listed on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll,[87] and was one of the firsts texts to address the declining standards of
    male female relationships in community life.

  • Herself; My Life Theresa 1996 Set It OffCleopatra ‘Cleo’ Sims 1997 Hoodlum Sulie 1998 Living Out Loud Liz Bailey; Sphere Alice “Teeny” Fletcher; Mama Flora’s Family Diana
    1999 The Bone Collector Thelma; Bringing Out the Dead Dispatcher Love (voice) 2002 Chicago Matron “Mama” Morton; Roberto Benigni’s Pinocchio Dove (English voice); Brown Sugar Francine; The Country Bears Cha-Cha; Living with the Dead Midge
    Harmon 2003 Scary Movie 3 Aunt Shaneequa / The Oracle; Bringing Down the House Charlene Morton 2004 Taxi Isabelle “Belle” Williams; The Cookout; Barbershop 2: Back in Business 2005 Beauty Shop; The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz 2006 Stranger than
    Fiction; Ice Age: The Meltdown; Last Holiday 2007 Hairspray; The Perfect Holiday; Life Support 2008 Mad Money; What Happens in Vegas; The Secret Life of Bees 2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2010 Valentine’s Day; Just Wright 2011 The Dilemma
    2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift; Joyful Noise; Steel Magnolias 2013 House of Bodies 2014 22 Jump Street 2015 Bessie; The Wiz Live!

  • For her work, Queen Latifah received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on January 4, 2006, located at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.

  • “[51] Early in her career, Queen Latifah’s lyrics were described as woman-centered and Afrocentric.

  • [23] In 1993, she released the album Black Reign, which was certified Gold in the United States[24] and produced the Grammy Award-winning song “U.N.I.T.Y.”

  • [69] In response, Brown made allegations of Latifah “checking her out” at musical events and had even gone further to question Latifah’s sexuality in various public radio

  • [2] Queen Latifah did not identify as a feminist at the time, and expressed that her music was not exclusive for the female audience.

  • [29] 2008–present: Return to hip-hop In 2008, Latifah was asked if she would make another hip-hop album.

  • She also had her own talk show, The Queen Latifah Show, from 1999 to 2001 and revamped in 2013.

  • Also in 2007, she portrayed an HIV-positive woman in the film Life Support, a role for which she garnered her first Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy[33]

  • She was quoted stating that the album was done already and it would be called All Hail the Queen II.

  • [31] In January 2012, while appearing on 106 & Park with Dolly Parton, to promote Joyful Noise, Latifah stated that she had been working on a new album.

  • [80] Variety called her “one of the major forerunners for women in modern hip-hop,”[81] and The Guardian referred to her as a “pioneer of female rap.

  • [21] Freddy helped Latifah sign with Tommy Boy Records, which released Latifah’s first album All Hail the Queen in 1989, when she was nineteen.

  • Moreover, she has guest starred in two episodes during the second season (1991–1992) of the NBC hit The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and had a guest role as herself on Hangin’
    with Mr. Cooper in 1993.

  • She also hosted the 2010 People’s Choice Awards.


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