Queen Latifah is one of the few artists from rap’s golden era that has been able to remain relevant (and rich) in the hip-pop decade. But unlike most rappers who try and pen that next “comeback album,” the Queen has gone in a different direction, starting a successful production company, acting career, and a new life as a jazz singer.
I’m starting to appreciate the Queen more as a jazz singer than a hip-hop artist. Her first foray into jazz, The Dana Owens Album was a straight banger in my mind and she dives even more into old skool jazz and r&b with her second Verve release entitled Trav’lin’ Light. This time she covers such notable females as Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, and Sarah Vaughn.
The album drops September 25th, and I’ll hopefully I’ll have a full review by the end of the month.
(much props to Free Hip Hop Now for this)