Big thanks to everyone who submitted their questions for my interview with Queen Latifah. I only had a limited amount of time so I wasn't able to get in all of the questions. However, when I asked her about the state of female MCs she opened up with a fierce passion in her voice about this art form she helped created -- it is a must read. As she said, "I am hip-hop and I will always be hip-hop." **SWINGS MANE**
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I absolutely loved interviewing this woman. She has that rare quality of seeming absolutely genuine. She even remembered my name at the end of the interview...hell, half the time they don't even remember what outlet they are doing the interview for! Between her and my March 2006 interview with Jodie Foster I don't know who is my favorite interview of all time...hmmm, Jodie...Latifah, it figures I would -- NEVERMIND!
Here are some excerpts...
Latifah demands homage be paid:
"The same way we treasure Eric B. & Rakim, we should treasure Salt N' Pepa because they helped break this thing open and take it to a level it hadn't been to. I remember Salt N' Pepa being the first act to play Russia when the Iron Curtain was still up, or had just barely not even fallen down yet. That was monumental. I remember Lyte being the first rapper to play Carnegie Hall. I have the ultimate respect for my female counterparts and I think that it could've been larger had the guys not had such egos and been so controlling. A lot of the females, it's like one girl per camp and the guys want to be so territorial and fight over whose balls are the biggest, but they're using us as a pawn. Not me, I'm not managed; I own my own company and I always have, but I noticed that about a lot of the different camps. There should've been a lot more collaborations between a lot of the female rappers that are out."
Latifah lays the law:
"Radio just took a nosedive in terms of the kind of things you could get away with saying. I don't know who said that was okay, or who felt that was cool. I never felt that was cool. I never felt that cursing, just to curse on a record, was hot. That's not really creative to me, and I come from an era of extremely creative rappers. Eric B and Rakim, Public Enemy, Heavy D and the Boys, Big Daddy Kane, Fresh Prince, Salt 'N Pepa, MC Lyte - I'm coming from that! You know what I mean? Mad reggae artist, mad R&B artists... you wanted to not be like the next person. Somewhere along the line everybody wanted to be like each other. For me, we've always been able to police ourselves. You just have to have the balls to do it. That's all it's been about."
SHE BETTA' PREACH! Latifah's new album Travel'n' Light is in stores now. Click below for the full interview:
The House that Queen Built
If for some reason you are unsure about buying the Queen's new CD check out one of the excellent songs from the album!
Labels: Interviews, QUEEN LATIFAH
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