Queen Latifah Preps New Rap Album, American Idol Performance

Queen Latifah will drop her ninth studio album, Persona, on July 7th.

The album’s first single, “Cue The Rain,” debuts today (May 19) on Latifah’s official site, queenlatifah.com, and is available for purchase on iTunes. In promotion of the effort, the rap vet will perform on the season finale of American Idol on Wednesday (May 20) alongside the likes of Carlos Santana, Lionel Richie, and the Black Eyed Peas.

Back in September, the rapper revealed that Dr. Dre had handled production on the album, with LL Cool J contributing significantly as well. “They pretty much did the whole album,” she said. - Devin Chanda

  • DownSouth

    Much respect to the Queen but I hope that she really comes hard with this one. In today’s climate, you never know what the fans are gonna like. But I guess if Dre is handling most of the production, it must be hot. Cuz you know how Dre is when it comes to rappers and singers he works with…YOUR PERFORMANCE MUST BE FLAWLESS! LOL

    DOWN SOUTH!!!

  • BeerGangsta

    She will get lot of GAY support. I know she go both ways. The Rappers live they life can put record sells on freeze. She will need to do somthing different for the Fans to buy her shit.

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    a ‘new’ queen latifah album, dont make me laugh! i smell disaster. shes gonna flop worse than bow wow. queen please dont do this to your fans, or me.

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    I DOUBT SHE GIVES A FUCK ABOUT RECORD SALES…. SHE RICH AS FUCK OFF MOVIE MONEY (THATS WHERE ITS AT ANYWAY)…. SHE PROBABLY DROPPIN A ALBUM JUST TO GET SOME SHIT OUT TO HER FANS… YOU KNOW, FOR THE LOVE OF IT… MUSCH RESPECT

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “LYTE AS A ROCK” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP))

  • $ykotic

    I’m more interested to hear a Cool J production than a Latifah project.

  • geico lizard

    If King Latifah would just come out the closet like Wanda Sykes and Ellen did, she could go platinum with this new crappy album. I dont know anybody else who would spend money on a Latifah rap album.

    • LB

      If only I could reach my hand through the computer and smack ya pussy-ass for disrespectin a LEGEND, and VERY RESPECTABLE WOMAN who paved the way for everybody from Lyte to Lauren to Lil Kim to Lil Mama…boy…you lil cats are so out of pocket these days…show your face homie! I bet I’ll piss in ya mouth!

      • iwoode

        fuck all that negative talk. True fans of the Queen will always support her work. She’s a living legend by far, and those who don’t know, too bad for them. People are always going to hate. july 7nth can’t get here fast enough.
        ‘Latifah, never was a teacher, never was a preacher, never was a saint, never was conceited, never was defeated, sometimes i get tired, smetimes i want to faint, but i never shut up when things piss me off, and if i got to curse at you to get my point across, that’s what i got to do, that’s how it’s got to be, i got an angel watching over me’ – Winki’s theme

      • DownSouth

        Tell em LB, lol! How can you call an album crappy and it hasn’t even came out yet? Now that’s hating.

        DOWN SOUTH!!!

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