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All Hail the Queen

Queen Latifah

1989

All Hail the Queen

Album Summary

All Hail the Queen is the debut album by hip-hop artist Queen Latifah. The album was released on November 28, 1989, through Tommy Boy Records. The feminist anthem, "Ladies First" featuring Monie Love remains one of Latifah's signature songs. All Hail the Queen peaked at no. 6 on the Billboard Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums chart and at no. 124 on the Billboard 200 chart. "Wrath of My Madness" was the first single from All Hail the Queen, and was later sampled in Yo-Yo's "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo". "Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children" peaked at no. 14 in the UK.

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Rating

2.85

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4454

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Sat May 29 2021
3

A classic debut containing a bonafide anthem in Ladies First. Some say this was the pinnacle of Latifah's career. Those people have obviously not seen Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade.

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Sat May 29 2021
2

Shit

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

Une couverture piégeuse… Si j'avais voulu un album d'Ice Cube dissimulé sous une perruque et un turban, j'aurais directement demandé à Robert (je le connais personnellement). Non, non et non.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

The only reason this doesn't get five stars is because it not timeless. The beats and delivery style absolutely peg this as a rap album from the late 80s-early 90s. But, for the time, this album is absolutely head of the class. The lyrics are so sharp they draw blood just brushing against them. It's rare for a debut album to be such a great indication of an artist's legacy but, with "All Hail the Queen" Latifa made it clear that she was here to stay and ready to rumble. And she has. Her impact on music (and film) in America is undeniable. And it's all on display here. Great album.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
1

09/15/2022 I’ll probably say this hundreds of times throughout this project, but I am not an 80s girl, and late 80s/early 90s dance hall/house music is one of the genres that I hate the MOST, so this album was really tough to get through. So much so that I didn’t even do it. No disrespect or anything, but this album is not for me whatsoever. — Today sucked fat ass, I cried on the phone to Luke about how I hate school and I want to quit 🤣🤣🤣 I’m trying to force myself to stick with it and not give up so easily, but holy fuck is it easy to get discouraged. I fucking hate computers, ever since I was a child I’ve longed for a time other than this one, yet I have to be stuck in this hellhole of a world that just keeps driving itself further and further toward a bottomless pit of despair. I find it really hard to find a will to live sometimes.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

No topaba esto. Uno de los mejores discos de hip hop de todos los tiempos.

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Fri May 21 2021
5

This album is great from start to finish.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

Absolutely mint, no idea she was this good. Better than, or at least as good as, a lot of the greatsnfrom this era, Tribe, De La Soul, etc. Easy a 4 maybe a 5

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Yes.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

4.5/5. Essential early hip hop. Nothing else to say.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Punk fucking rock

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

What a talent

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Better than I thought.... some good tunes and worth a revisit!

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

3.75/5. I know Queen Latifah was in the naive tounges, so I was pretty confident I was going to like this album. Most songs on here were good, however, there were a few that did not work for me. 'The Pros' was very unenjoyable. Most songs fell right in line with the native tounges sounds, so I like most of the album.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

This record still bangs. Besides the great lyrical content I'm really digging the old school beats.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

It's a very good album. One of the classics from the old school era.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

Hijole... la segunda canción... OMEGALOL. Aunque Come into My House y Wrath of My Madness y Princess of the Posse están a gusto. Sinceramente ya ni me acordaba que Queen Latifah hacía discos. Mood: sí algunos skips porque es más de una hora, no mamar.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

So fun! I remember hearing Queen Latifah when she first hit the radio and her flows really stood out. The production on this album is awesome, with contributions from names like KRS-One and Prince Paul.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Pretty good

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

I like this old-school hip-hop; emphasis on aggressive and rhythmic vocals, with some great samples (e.g. Sly and the Family Stone right off the bat) before copyright law caught up with the new artform :) Some of it sounds a little dated at this point ("Princess of the Possee" [but *huge* props for the "Barney Miller" bassline in the remix on the extended version!] or "Come Into My House" where the drums sound like wet paper and are distracting) but a. i'll still prefer it over the dull/uncreative "modern" trap beats and b. for every sound that's meh she comes back with tracks like "Latifah's Law" and "Ladies First" which are too great to ignore. It's a great document of the golden age of hip-hop when women especially were seen as more of a novelty instead of a force like Queen Latifah is here. 8/10 4 stars

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Fun album with some jams

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Great stuff. I enjoyed the trumpets alot, they really added to the jazzyness of the boom bap beats.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

SLAY QUEEN

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Great old scholl hiphop, feels a bit lacking regarding the actual contents but fun flows and good beats.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

The sound is of a time, both production and flow. But there's a sense of play throughout, with the music, features, and words. The wordplay will be more appreciated by fans of this era of hip-hop, and I'm not really one. However, the parts add up to something more than their sum, and the LP grows not just forward but backward.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Great beats, great lyrics and wordplay. She is the Queen for a reason.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

3rd August 2021 Listened on my phone in the morning and on the way to meet Andy for bowling before he leaves for China. Really enjoyed this, 90s hip hop is brill

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

So incredibly 90s... I loved this for purely nostalgic reasons. Queen Latifah can sure rock a rhyme though.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

This album was actually excellent. A little dated but still strong. Inside Out was my favorite song

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Good stuff

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Good pick from the Golden era of hip-hop. Favorites: Come into My House, Ladies First, Princess of the Posse

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Good classic hip hop. I forgot how great Queen Latifah was as an MC. 3.5/5

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Pretty good

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this album. This is the energetic classic hip hop that I like over the slower, darker stuff.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Some cool beats on here. 7/10

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

the bars have not aged super well and there are some garbage features, but she gets it right on some of the songs and I really like the beats. 7/10

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Very impressive to see that her work goes as far back as 1989, considering our generation knows her more for her acting. Great album of non-vulgar boasting, good flow, strong production from legends. I enjoyed the fact that she sings and raps. A bit lengthy, but overall a good album.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Yes! All hail the queen

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Fantastic beats, original

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Hip hop. Jazzy riffs. Catchy, upbeat. Kept realizing that I was tapping my feet along with the beat. Would listen again.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

All hail the Queen. What fun music. Lots of great memories

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Wow, I wasn't expecting All Hail The Queen to sound like it did. OK I wasn't sure what to expect but it certainly wasn't a mix of house and soul and the best of the Native Tongues collective. I had heard a few tracks off this before I just that were Queen Latifah guesting with others not out the front. I have to give this some more listens

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

The QUEEN. She absolutely nails her debut, but the album does suffer from a lot of the cheesy 80s tropes when it comes to rap.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

I think this one has aged well. Classic hip hop beats will never really go out of fashion, and the overall style falls just the right side of being too cheesy, although I'm sure for some hip-hop heads this style just the wrong side, Good variety, doesn't feel samey all the way through, and good range of features for that matter. Overall, while lacking in straight bangers, this is enjoyable all the way through, and fits nicely into my love of feel-good hip hop

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Sun May 08 2022
4

Liked it! Not as great as I imagined though

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Never really listened to QL before. Definitely a great example of late 80s hip hop. Loving the Prince Paul / KRS One production here. Also pretty cool the feminist lyrics at a time (is that time past yet...?) when hip hop was brutally misogynistic. Glad I got this one

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

I grew more impressed as it went... At first I thought 3-3.5 but now I feel 3.5-4, so I'll be true to form and round up

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

I have listened to this album before Her flows are incredible throughout almost every track Artists like Queen Latifah, Big Daddy Kane, etc really pioneered certain sounds that segued into later 90s rap like Big L, Lauryn Hill and others Samples on this album are well executed De La Souls feature on MGBTTSC has a good flow and overall the track just has interesting sounds you dont always hear Ladies First is an incredible song Just the influence this album has on future classics is incredible The saxophone and bass instrumentals across the album are so good I really enjoy this project 7/10

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

This album was a ton of fun. I knew she had a respected music career but I'd never heard any of Queen Latifah's music before today. Overall I loved the 90's east coast influence, her vocals landed well and the production was tight. Definitely going to add a few of these songs into the rotation The Pros stopped me in my tracks. I love that dub intro and that rolling bass introduced 30 secs in filled me up. Super into Queen reggae inspired jams and that 808 cowbell sample is classic 90's hiphop. Standout Tracks (stealing Webers format here) Dance for Me, The Pros, Ladies First, Princess of the Posse

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

lyrics and flow are truly excellent. production is mid to bad, mixing is terrible. makes sense that this is a debut album, but with some better choices this could be a strong 5. it missed a bit

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

I’ve been woefully uninitiated to Queen Latifah’s work. She’s definitely great but it loses one star just because I don’t think there’s a single to tie the album together, the production feels a little dated (especially the mix is a bit weird), and finally the album is just a bit too long to not have a nice arc between the songs Very witty lyrics with great delivery, both of which definitely hold up

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Solid album - it is not my go-to 80s hip hop album and I had not listened to it for quite some time but still like it.

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Mon Sep 28 2020
3

This album is a great debut from Queen Latifah. I absolutely love it. Every song on this album is a great one, but my absolute favorites are: "Princess of the Posse" and "Inside Out".

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Lol

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Girl power

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

I had this CD. I don’t think I realized how star studded this album was. But age hasn’t been kind. What a disjointed mess. Although Monie Love nearly saved it. Born in L-O-N-D-O but sound Americ -N.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

The queen of latifah

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

A ratos llegué a sentirlo repetitivo, pero sin duda tiene sus buenos beats y sus rimas ok. "Come into My House", "Wrath of My Madness", "Evil that Men Do" e "Inside Out" son mis favs y claro, "Ladies First" suena muy lo que ahora dicen empoderante. Por las fechas, supongo que sí tuvo su influencia en raperas subsecuentes. Y pues ya, no sé qué más decir. 7/10

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Pretty catchy. 0RS

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Never listened to her before, and not really my genre, but I enjoyed this.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

i really liked the sound but some of the songs were really repetitive and it got annoying after while but i did like it

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

Queen latifah paved the way for female rappers. Lyrically she’s pretty good but the late 80s rap style is a bit bland in comparison to what’s been made sense. The album has some good moments and a few songs are worth a replay but overall it’s nothing amazing. 6.5/10

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Awesome

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

hips hop

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

2.5

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Very entertaining.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Pleasant surprise

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Pretty dated but she does well as any emcee from the era. She reminds me of the female Ice Cube just not as aggressive

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Fair play to her breaking into the male dominated hip-hop world. Some good production and flow - surprisingly sounds less dated than some of her contemporaries. Best Track: Dance For Me; Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children; Wrath of My Madness

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

some top samples, and good for its time

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Dang I only really knew Queen Latifah as an Actress. I knew she started in music, but never really listened to it. This is some solid stuff!

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Good old-school rap. I recall when this album was released , and at the time QL seemed to be the only woman rapping in the “traditional” style of the day. The times they have changed, and she gets a lot of credit for opening doors for the many successful acts that have followed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: The pros

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Hip-hop femenino. No está mal.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Not bad, but it hasn't aged super well. There's a lot of early hip-hop on this list that feels very dated. Some of it is important from a historic perspective, but compared to the amount of more recent hip-hop inclusions, it's pretty overloaded.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Refreshingly gangster-free, although still posturing about ability. Good use of "daisy-age" jazz-funk samples alongside big beats. Dig the Sly and Scot-Heron samples and what about the additional remix sampling The The!?! Pretty dated, but pleasant to hear.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Always knew she had a hip hop background but had never heard a song before. She has some outstanding rhymes on this album. Some random uncredited (at least on Spotify) guest spots that take over the song that took me out of it a little but overall was impressed!

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Very much of its time. Maybe a higher rating if I’d gotten to listen to lyrics more.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

It's easy to imagine how impenetrable and male-dominated hip-hop must have been in the late 80s, so Queen Latifah entering the equation with force and persuasion must have been a real game-changer. Even if I found some of it repetitive and overlong, I had the feeling she was rewriting the rule book with this album and laying down a lot of enjoyable tracks to boot. I'm a sucker for brass sampling and this album has it by the sousaphone load, from the opening "Dance for Me" to the excellent, De La Soul-featuring "Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children" which zips around all over the place. Proceedings begin as infectious, feel-good, sunshine sampling and energetic, affirming, violence and profanity-free rap. As the album unfurls, Latifah balances "foot" and "head" music: social commentary "Evil that Men Do" makes a powerful statement and "Ladies First" is an addictive, career-defining manifesto. On paper, it all sounds excellent: my main issue as I listened was the length. Many of the songs play all their cards within the first couple of minutes and don't leave themselves anywhere to progress: a lot of them come off feeling repetitive. "The Pros" is far too long, and the house-influenced "Come into My House"- with its synthesisers and programmed beats, is an interesting experiment but gets a little monotonous, and has aged more than the rest of the album. "A King and Queen Creation" is another weak link: while I enjoyed 45 King's production in general, I wasn't crazy about his vocals in this one. The sequencing is frustrating as well- "Princess of the Possee" and "Inside Out" are two of my least favourites and end the album on a bit of a nothing note. While there are a few songs that didn't do anything for me personally, this is still a fun listen and brings another perspective on this era of hip-hop, which has remained fresh and vital. Most of my highlights are in the front half: "Ladies First", "...Soul Children" and "Wrath of My Madness" in particular deserve to go down as classics.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

It's not as awful as Kanye's "The College Dropout", but still, hip hop isn't my cup of coffee.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

This is one of those albums that you really WANT to be better than it is. Latifah is technically very good, but she has that late 80s lyrical style that feels very dated in hip-hop. From memory, I feel like Monie Love (who features here) had a more interesting lyrical style on her debut record. Some of the production and features here are really good. The track with Daddy-O from Stetsasonic is the highlight track with great vocals and production. Mark the 45 King does the majority of production, and some of it is great but some is boring. He also raps on one of the stronger tracks. De La Soul make an appearance which is pretty enjoyable, but Prince Paul's production is frustrating as always. On the one hand, he's an amazing producer with incredible samples and loops. On the other hand, his stuff from this period has these "goofy" irritating skit elements which ruin whole albums. KRS-One produces a mediocre track but doesn't rap which is a shame. Overall, some of the production and vocals are pinnacles of the period. But the two components are not always strong in the same tracks, and sometimes they are both weak. The house track "Come into My House" is the low point of the album which deducts at least half a point by itself. 3*

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

A grower - and it gets funkier as it progresses. It’s Jamaican tinged tracks are my favourite.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Feels ahead of it's time, but also dated. That said it's got great vibes and I starred a few tunes.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

No album is more 1989. It's frozen in a block of 100% pure 1989. It's produced by George H.W. Bush on the deck of the Exxon Valdez. So yes, it's all dated to buggery, but that is not that bad in itself; listening to this has some of the joys of archaeology. However, it's also very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very repetitititititititititititive. All the house beats sound exactly the same. All the raps sound the same, with the sole theme that of Queen Latifah being a good rapper. That makes one good song, but this is meant to be a bloody album. A second listen proves more appealing than the first, but it's still one fine song done 12 times. Yes, one fine song done 12 times. Indeed, one fine song done 12 times. Truly, one fine song done 12 times. In frankness, one fine song done...

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

progressive 90s hiphop, lots of Queen Latifah talking about herself. beats range from frustratingly 90s to kinda catchy. overall it feels kind of dated

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I really enjoyed the creativity on display in many of the songs and also a bonus star for achieving success in what must have been an extremely male dominated (and misogynistic) genre

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

I can't say I loved this album but I'm glad I listened to it. I'll come back to a couple of songs, but I don't know how often I'll revisit it in its entirety. I appreciate Queen Latifah so much more after listening to this, though.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

The 'Mama gave birth' song is so irritating that I almost gave up on this, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The rest is some solid hip-hop, nice instrumentals

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

I guess I'm a sucker for '80s/'90s beats when they're done well. This was a pretty good one. 3.5

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Not bad and definitely one of the more easy listening rap albums

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Good

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

I had always enjoyed Queen Latifah's acting but had never checked out her albums. She's got some big names producing and performing on this album, and I tended to prefer the tracks that were collaborations. Ladies First, Evil that Men Do, and The Pros were my favorites. I liked the beats but the lyrics were pretty generic late 80's hip-hop and didn't really grab me. 3.5/5 stars

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

A nice fresh listen for a Sunday evening.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

les remix c’est pour nous achever

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Not bad, just not my jam.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Pleasantly surprised

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Way more pop style production then I expected.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

The sounds of the very late 80s. Some of those sounds and the production sounds so dated now. But it's fun in a weirdly nostalgic way

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

good female rapping :P nice album Ladies first is the highlight imo

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

This is a weird one for me. The production reminded me of De La Soul. None of the songs really stood out but it wasn't bad. Latifah charisma reminds you why she became an actress. Probably won't listen again.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Erittäin viihdyttävä levy. Loppua kohti vähän alko kyllästyttää, mut kantoi loppuun asti

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

She really is the queen when it comes to flows, especially for the late 80's. Unfortunately, not every song hits hard, with some inconsistent production and some bloat on the songs really dragging it down for me.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Very enjoyable, from a weirdly innocent period in time

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

I dig it but wow it sounds very dated now. Still a fun listen probably the first time listening to the whole album.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Fun album by the queen

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Good 7/10

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Very 90’s in a positive way.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Really enjoyed this, it could really bop!

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

I appreciated this, but I didn't love it I guess. I thought it was fun and it was great to hear female lyrics in a rap style that I can only really think of male artists that are similar

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

This is really fun, great beat and energy to it, little bit corny but not too much. Bit too long, could've stripped it back a little and pushed it higher, but 3/5 seems fair.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Totally fine Golden Age hip-hop, I recognized a lot of the samples but not a lot of the tunes. Enjoyed listening, but don't think I'll be returning any time soon.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Undeniable for its place in history, and the energy, lyrics, and production are high. That early hip-hop sax/horn section! But I’m not going to be listening to this very frequently… 3 stars (ugh, want to make it at least 4 for the Grammy win, but I just don’t love this album.)

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Wed May 25 2022
3

I'm a bit "meh" about this one. She's good in The Equalizer, though.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

A hip hip artefact (meant in a positive way). Funny to think that once, there were next to no female MCs. (The conversation about the job specification for female rappers is for people wiser that this writer.) Production credits are a veritable who's who of late 80s hip hop – De La Soul, KRS One, Prince Paul, with Fab Five Freddy lurking in the wings. Happy days...

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Ik hou wel van die 80's rap.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

Pretty generic

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Didn't mind this, had some good rhythms and nice background music. I'll admit, wasn't paying too much attention though.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Some solid late 80s rap. Good beats. 3.5 rounded down

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Hip-hop is a genre that I rarely explore, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one! I had no idea Queen Latifah had such good flow (I'm more familiar with her as an actress than a musician) and I really enjoyed the upbeat energy coursing through the album. There's a nice variety of samples and collaborators keeping the sound fresh from track to track, though the album is immediately identificable as having been released in the late 80s / early 90s based on the generic style of beats & line delivery that was so commonplace during that era. The album loses a bit of steam and creativity towards the end, and despite a handful of songs sounding a bit dated ("Come into My House" in particular), this was still so much better than I was expecting going in. I can definitely see myself revisiting this album if I'm in the mood for some throwback hip-hop. Standout tracks: "Dance for Me", "Wrath of My Madness", "Ladies First"

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Rhythm-wise matriarch raps. DJ Mark is steady on the decks, Latifah able to supplement his medium tempos with a full-bodied voice that's never going to make the beat speed up but at least doubles up on bounciness. Proudly female Afrocentrism with added buoyancy is a mix I find impossible to resist. And why would I even want to?

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Este disco me sorprendió. Incluso a pesar de lo anticuado que a veces se escucha con esa producción que suena tanto a fines de los 80, me gusta el ritmo de Queen Latifah.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

-Choruses in "Wrath of My Madness" and "The Pros" are catchy -It's like, fine...

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Some of these tracks are fantastic and really get a groove on, musically, socially and politically. There are a few filler tracks but my main problem with it is that I get a bit bored overall as it is very similar throughout. But each time I think I've has enough the next track is great.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

Kind of a cool album. 6/10

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

She's great fun and very charismatic, but I'm not sure why all hip hop albums of this era needed to be so long.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

I recognize Queen Latifah much more for her TV/movie career. But, even knowing about her music, I never took the step to try it. That said, I enjoyed this album a lot. This dancing hip-hop, with some reggae influences, really pleased me. Quite a long album, and the lyrics are a little repetitive, but I'll give her a try to her other albums someday. PS: she wants that everybody knows her name and also that she is a queen 😂

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Listening to this "old-school" style is a little comical now that I'm in my 40s. This was such hard-hitting, scary stuff back in the day, but now it sounds so basic. But - it's still awesome, and Latifah did it just as well as her male counterparts.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Don't know her, but the music is good. It reminds me of Neneh Cherry.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Nice old school raps with Funky instrumentals

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Ok

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Queen can spit, beats are banging

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

bello, rap non omogeneo ma melodie semplici e retrò

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

canzoni belle, coinvolgente, mi piace perchè dice un sacco di volte il suo nome nelle canzoni ahah

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

So this is a nice nostalgia throwback to 80's and early 90s rap. While it does feel a bit outdated, I can still appreciate it after all these years.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Some parts are pretty messy, but the rapping is good. Best song: A King and Queen Creation, Worst song: Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

actually not that bad - decent 80s rap, was surprised

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Surprisingly good. Had never heard this early QL before and I felt it was the best I have heard from her. 3/5

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Okay, I'll admit it: I have had only a very small number of celebrity crushes in my lifetime, and Queen Latifah is on that short list, including at present. There's a bias right there, not much I can do about it, so there we go. Anyway, that fully and fairly disclosed, I enjoyed listening to this album. Her voice is wonderful and engaging, the music is infectious, there are some interesting layers of instruments (not all synths, thank heavens), and this album is fun.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

I knew Queen Latifah had a rap career before her career as an actor but had no idea what it was like. This wasn't bad. It's very dated in the sound, but it's a sound I like. Plus it has really relevant lyrics and I'm sure a female voice at the time was a good thing in a very male-dominated music.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

I dig this late 80s/very early 90s rap sound, it has a fun vibe. I hadn't heard this before (tbh I had no idea what Queen Latifah did before she became "generic annoying black woman #1" in movies) but it's enjoyable enough. That being said, she can't rap at all really, and going for over an hour? Fark, learn some restraint. 3/5.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Oh my 1989 sounds like a century ago. The beats are ancient. The rapping is basic. The album is like one of those prehistoric lizards captured in a glob of amber. Cute. Nostalgic. But ultimately ancient.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

I respect the Queen for her place as a pioneering female in the rap industry. One thing that irks me about mainstream rap in the late 80s/early 90s is the narcissism of it all - I'm the best rapper, nobody raps like me, blah blah blah. And Dance for Me as the opener just tapped right into that irritation for me. The album generally felt pretty simplistic, like the Run DMC album did for me. Just middle of the road for me.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

It's a pretty nice record for the genre of that time, but nothing extraordinary.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

норм!

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

2/5

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Sat May 29 2021
2

Haha Queen Latifah though. I don't throw the term 'anal chaos' out often, but today it seems right.

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Sat May 29 2021
2

all of the genres. hip hop ,dance, dub, pop, comedy acting, serious acting, talk show host. there is no end to the skills of queenie. jack of all trades master of none, it was an alright album, probably not gonna listen to it again.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

Queen Latifah is inspiring! This is the first time that I have listened to her first album and it was pretty good. She can 'rap as well as any of the other brothers' - as she lyricized in one of these songs!

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Interesting mix of early rap (with requisite cringe lyrics), reggae vibes, some dance/house stylings, etc. A few toe tappers, but not going to make regular rotation.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

Pleasantly surprised by this, don't think I ever heard a Queen Latifa song before. Cool track with De La Soul. Wouldn't say it held my attention too long after the first couple of songs though.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

Very much a good example of late 80s/early 90s style of hip-hop. I'm not that into the beats/vibe personally. But the album picked up as I got into it a bit more later on. Appreciate Latifah's strong female presence in a male-dominated genre. Fav tracks: The Pros and Ladies First

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Mon Jul 26 2021
2

This album has all the dressings of early 90's hip-hop and proves groundbreaking for establishing the tone of the genre - especially as a female MC. That being said, the album lacks any major tracks that stick with you past the listening experience.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

Meh

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Sun Aug 15 2021
2

Coñazo hip hop

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Mon Aug 16 2021
2

I liked a few tracks. Not gonna go back anytime soon

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

Il n'y a absolument rien a retenir de cet album, je le considère comme un simple test de fidélité au generateur, qui nous propose juste derrière un album de Cat Stevens. Et un album de Cat Stevens, ça se mérite, ici en s'infligeant une heure de rap minable.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

It's OK a little light-weight. 2.5 stars

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

Early De La Soul Sighting! This album compelled me to listen to some early De La Soul, which then somehow took me on a Soul II Soul dive. So I guess it has that going for it. That's just a long way of saying I prefer to Soul II Soul to Queen Latifah. You could say Queen Latifah is a better actress than she is a rapper and you wouldn't be wrong. It's perfectly OK to not like this album.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
2

When she's on, she's on, but there are too many tracks that don't work. This did not age well at all. Best track: Dance for Me

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

I was surprised to see Queen Latifah released her first album in the 80s. Not my favourite genre, but I didn't mind this. Liked the prominent brass in the backing tracks. 2/5.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

4/10. I thought some scattered songs were pretty good, but didn't really like the album overall, which is always rough on these relatively long ones.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
2

Happy Hiphop suitable for Kinderzimmer. 2.3

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

Franchement c'est chiant à la longue

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

Good funk but fuck the rap

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Mon Feb 21 2022
2

Долбит нормально, но не моё

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

I pledge no allegiance to such dated backing tracks.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
2

Didn't do anything for me and completely faded into the background after two or three songs.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

Meh, ihan vekkulia biittiä ens alkuun, mutta muutaman biisin jälkeen motivaatio laski kuin ruplan kurssi...

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

mais um de rap que não é pra mim.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
2

Dance negro + Rap

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Fri Apr 22 2022
2

This has aged better than the Ice Cube album from last week, even if it feels very dated 33! years later. It's not outstanding but it is very decent in places. Could lose a few tracks and tighten the whole thing up. Ladies First a highlight.

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Thu May 05 2022
2

Not bad at all, just not for me. I was surprised by all the horn samples (in a good way).

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

Ik ga ook een album maken dat van A tot Z over mezelf gaat.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
2

It's OK a little light-weight. 2.5 stars

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Mon Jul 04 2022
2

2, boss bitch

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Fri Aug 05 2022
2

I generally view rap of this era pretty positively but this just wasn't it for me. Some okay beats, her rapping is certainly not bad but it didn't excite me. I understand this album was probably very important to many female MCs in particular, but I'm just not feeling it. I feel guilty giving a 2, I think it's a 2.5 as it's just okay, but I was bored more often than not.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
2

Decent vibe, but not an album I'd likely listen to again

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Sun Aug 07 2022
2

Eh, it was alright. Instrumentals were pretty good but not a big fan of Queen Latifah's rapping.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
2

Really disappointed, bland, lyrically kinda dull

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

OK - not keeping any of it to come back to

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

Enjoyed more than i expected to!

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Tue Sep 20 2022
2

Admittedly I went into this one with very low expectations. For starters, I don't view Queen Latifah as a prolific rapper, moreso just a TV personality and actress. Secondly, this album peaked at number six on Billboard hip hop charts? And it was #124 on Billboard top 200? Neither of those seem remarkable enough to warrant being on this list. So with that in mind, I was somewhat impressed when I first started this album. There's some good beats, albeit very obviously a product of the late 80s/early 90s, and she's got a decent flow. I can't say she goes toe-to-toe with some of the best from that era, like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul (the latter of which was a guest on arguably the best track on the album). But eventually this album lost me. It's a lot of the same schtick: she's a female rapper and we should call her Queen. I get it. If this album had stopped at Ladies First (or shortly thereafter), I could probably give it a 3 or 4 star rating, but when it was all said and done, I was just so over this sound.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

i mean i see the appeal but felt a little cringe at times, i don’t feel as though i need to revisit low 2.5

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

Meh

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

Listened to on 10/20/22 2/5 Favorite song: dance for me I liked Queen Latifa much more as an actress this album was not it for me

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

Sounds old.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

Has some cool beats and raps, but overall quite disappointing.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

its okay

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

2/12, 17%

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Wed Nov 16 2022
2

I didn't realise, but this is a proper old-skool sound. Some quite funky beats in here, and some properly weird bits. It sounds very dated which goes against it a lot, but I'm more on-board with this than I thought I would be. It's still way too much though, I gave up after 8 tracks. In small doses... it's alright.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
1

WTF is this shit?

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Fri Feb 25 2022
1

This is just one of the albums that didn't age well.1989 was top loaded with crap. Millie Vanilla, New Kids on the Block, Bobby Brown and Obviously Queen Latifah. There is not a good song on this album!

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Wed Apr 20 2022
1

Nope

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Fri May 20 2022
1

I got about 3 seconds in and noped outta there.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
1

Not good

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Wed Oct 05 2022
1

Trash flows decent beats

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Sun Oct 30 2022
1

Confirmed: I still can't stand hip-hop. But I'll still add I fail to see why this particular album merits inclusion here (regardless of my lack of appreciation for the genre).

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Wed Nov 16 2022
1

Hated this one.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
1

Wow. Worst rap I can remember hearing in a long time.

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