ARTIST: Queen Latifah
TITLE: She’s a Queen: A Collection of Greatest Hits
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Charting: Ladies First (#64 R&B, #5 Rap, #38 Dance), Come Into My House (#81 R&B, #21 Rap, #7 Dance), Latifah’s Had It Up 2 Here (#13 R&B, #8 Rap), UNITY (#23, #7 R&B, #3 Rap), Just Another Day (#54, #37 R&B, #11 Rap), Black Hand Side (#29 R&B, #20 Rap), It’s Alright (#76), Paper (#50, #23 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah
LINEUP: Queen Latifah with guests Monie Love, Organized Noize, and Tha’ Raine and producers.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Overview of the hip-hop era of Queen Latifah, which seems slight.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Queen Latifah recorded four albums and several soundtrack cuts, and entered pop culture as a strong female in a very male dominated genre. Yet, the compilations for this era are quite sparse, and don’t have the depth you’d expect for an artist with this much cache.
Latifah’s moved on to bigger and better things, and has made more of an impact now as an actress and singer, but this era needs to be explored more. The original albums are still out there, so perhaps that’s where one should go to really flesh out her catalog.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Her charting positions don’t indicate her impact – her highest charting album in this era hit #60 on the Top 200, and only one was a Top 10 Rap album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, there’s a smaller collection out there with only 10 songs and four tracks not on this collection – why not combine them?
GRADE: B-: The grade is for the slight selection, which makes a B+ possibility a B-.