Career beginnings[ edit ] She started beat boxing for the hip-hop group Ladies Fresh and was an original member of the Flavor Unit , which, at that time, was a crew of MCs grouped around producer DJ King Gemini , who made a demo recording of Queen Latifah's rap Princess of the Posse. He gave the recording to Fab 5 Freddy , the host of Yo! Her songs covered topics including domestic violence , harassment on the streets, and relationship problems. Latifah was also a member of the hip-hop collective Native Tongues.
On July 11, , Latifah sang at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles as the headlining act in a live jazz concert. Before a crowd of more than 12,, she was backed by a piece live orchestra and three backup vocalists, which was billed as the Queen Latifah Orchestra. Later in , Latifah released an album titled Trav'lin' Light. Return to hip-hop[ edit ] In , Latifah was asked if she would make another hip-hop album. The following year, in , she released her album Persona.
The song "Cue the Rain" was released as the album's lead single. She also has a song with Missy Elliott. Film and television[ edit ] — Early career[ edit ] From to , Latifah had a starring role on Living Single , the FOX sitcom, which gained high ratings among black audiences; she also wrote and performed its theme music. Her mother Rita played her mother on-screen. She began her film career in supporting roles in the and films House Party 2 , Juice and Jungle Fever.
She had her own talk show, The Queen Latifah Show , from to and revamped in However, on November 21, , Sony Pictures Television canceled Latifah's show due to declining ratings. Production of the series closed down, taking effect on December 18, , leaving new episodes that were broadcast until March 6, She made a guest role as herself on Hangin' with Mr.
Mainstream success[ edit ] Queen Latifah performing at the "Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future" concert in Although Latifah had previously received some critical acclaim, she gained mainstream success after being cast as Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago , a musical film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Blige , Best Supporting Actress, Mudbound. In , she starred with Steve Martin in the film Bringing Down the House , which was a major success at the box office. Since then, she has had both leading and supporting roles in a multitude of films that received varied critical and box office receptions, including films such as Scary Movie 3 , Barbershop 2: The Meltdown her first voice appearance in an animated film , and appeared in the drama Stranger Than Fiction.
The summer of brought Latifah triple success in the big-screen version of the Broadway smash hit Hairspray , in which she acted, sang, and danced. The film rated highly with critics. Latifah spoke at Michael Jackson 's memorial service in Los Angeles. She also hosted the People's Choice Awards.
She starred with Dolly Parton in Joyful Noise The show will undergo a reboot with a new cast and Brett Matthews serving as show runner. In addition, Shakim Compere and Yaneley Arty will also be credited as executive producers for the series under Flavor Unit Entertainment. She possesses a two-octave vocal range. Queen Latifah is a contralto , and she has the ability to rap and sing.
She also dedicated Black Reign to him. In her autobiography, Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman, Latifah discussed how her brother's death had led to a bout of depression and drug abuse, from which she later recovered. In , Latifah was the victim of a carjacking , which also resulted in the shooting of her boyfriend, Sean Moon. On March 21, her mother actress Rita Owens passed away due to heart failure, an issue she had been battling since