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All Hail the Queen

Queen Latifah

1989

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All Hail the Queen

Rating

2.86

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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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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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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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Shit

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5

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

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5

This album is great from start to finish.

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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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5

Yes.

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

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5

Punk fucking rock

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4

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

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

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

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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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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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Pretty good

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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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Fun album with some jams

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

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SLAY QUEEN

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

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

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

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

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Good stuff

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

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

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Pretty good

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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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Some cool beats on here. 7/10

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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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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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Yes! All hail the queen

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Fantastic beats, original

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

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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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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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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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Liked it! Not as great as I imagined though

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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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Lol

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Girl power

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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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The queen of latifah

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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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Pretty catchy. 0RS

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

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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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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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Awesome

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hips hop

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2.5

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Very entertaining.

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Pleasant surprise

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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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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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some top samples, and good for its time

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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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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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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: The pros

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Hip-hop femenino. No está mal.

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

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

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

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Good

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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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A nice fresh listen for a Sunday evening.

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les remix c’est pour nous achever

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Not bad, just not my jam.

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Pleasantly surprised

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Way more pop style production then I expected.

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

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

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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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Very enjoyable, from a weirdly innocent period in time

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Fun album by the queen

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Good 7/10

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Very 90’s in a positive way.

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Really enjoyed this, it could really bop!

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

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2/5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Meh

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Coñazo hip hop

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Happy Hiphop suitable for Kinderzimmer. 2.3

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Franchement c'est chiant à la longue

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Good funk but fuck the rap

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Долбит нормально, но не моё

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I pledge no allegiance to such dated backing tracks.

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

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

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mais um de rap que não é pra mim.

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Dance negro + Rap

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

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WTF is this shit?

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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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Nope

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I got about 3 seconds in and noped outta there.

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