Saturday, July 26, 2008

641. Queen Latifah - All Hail the Queen (1989)

Track Listing

1. Dance for Me
2. Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children
3. Come into My House
4. Latifah's Law
5. Wrath of My Madness
6. Pros
7. Ladies First
8. King and Queen Creation
9. Queen of Royal Badness
10. Evil That Men Do
11. Princess of the Posse
12. Inside Out
13. Dance for Me [Ultimatum Remix]
14. Wrath of My Madness [Soulshock Remix]
15. Princess of the Posse [DJ Mark the 45 King Remix]


Queen Latifah brings us one of the first successful female hip-hop albums... unfortunately it isn't that great. It's good but not great. The music is actually quite good, very jazzy stuff, but the lyrics really let it down.

With the exception of a couple of tracks it consists of little more than boasting tracks, and while that is OK in short supply, when an album consists mostly of it it just starts annoying the listener.

There are some interesting collaborations here, particularly one with De La Soul, but it is sadly disappointing with it's use of chipmunk voices, no song work with chipmunk voices (with the exception of Tom Tom Club's Wordy Rappinghood). So yeah... good to see that sisters are doing it for themselves... but I will wait for something better.

Track Highlights

1. Wrath Of My Madness
2. Dance For Me
3. Latifah's Law
4. Evil That Men Do

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The album was unusually successful for a hip hop record at the time, buoyed by the single "Wrath of My Madness". The feminist anthem "Ladies First" (with Monie Love) remains one of Latifah's signature songs.

All Hail the Queen peaked at #6 and #124 on Billboard's (North America) Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums and the Billboard 200 charts, respectively. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source Magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums.

Wrath Of My Madness:

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