Queen Latifah who rapped songs like “Ladies First” and the Grammy Award-winning “U.N.I.T.Y.,” prefers to uplift women in her music.
“I chose to kind of take the route of uplifting women by trying to make some records that had some positive thoughts in it,” she said. “There are ways to make records that appeal to the masses but still have a message that leaves something with you.”
“My mother has a great deal to do with the kind of records that I made because I always wanted my mother to be able to play my records,” she said. “I would much rather have my mother’s respect than just have a bunch of money and buy her houses, but not have her respect. [I wanted] for someone to be able to mention my name and her say, ‘Oh, that’s my daughter!’ and feel proud of that.”
In honor of #tbt here is Queen Latifah’s “Ladies First” video: