On this day, Nov. 28, in hip-hop history…
1989: New Jersey-hailing rapper Queen Latifah dropped her debut album All Hail the Queen on Nov. 28, 1989.
Queen Latifah broke boundaries for female MC’s like never before with her Tommy Boy Records debut. As the First Lady The Flavor Unit, Queen used her feminine graces to her advantages, but never exploited her sexuality for her music. Although she was still a teenager, Latifah rapped about issues that Black women: public harassment, domestic violence and society’s sex-imposed disadvantages. Latifah’s rhymes matched with production help from KRS-One, DJ Mark the 45 King, Prince Paul and more ensured the LP would become a hip-hop classic. Propelled by the feminist anthem “Ladies First” featuring Monie Love and “Wrath My Madness,” the 15-track album peaked at No. 6 on Billboard’s Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums. All Hail The Queen gained universal praise from music critics and is still ranked as one the best rap albums from hip-hop’s golden age.
Though she’s gone on to find careers in acting and entrepreneurship, Queen Latifah is still a prominent figure in hip-hop today. Latifah, along with Salt N Pepa, Missy Elliott and Lil Kim, was honored at the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors this year for nearly 30 years contributions to the game.
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