Queen Latifah took over the music scene in 1988 with her first single, â€œWrath of My Madness,â€ and soon after let hip-hop know this wasnâ€™t a manâ€™s world anymore with the release of her debut album, All Hail The Queen. The Newark, NJ-born MC was a pro, and she wasnâ€™t scared to let people know it. Latifah collaborated with rapper Daddy O for her single, â€œThe Pros,â€ and let the competition know that there was no competition.
â€œAs soon as she attempted to make a sound/I ate her up with a verb, throwed her down with a noun/CauseI hate when someone challenges me, but cannot balance with me/I get annoyed when they canâ€™t go blow for blow.â€
Two years after the release of her first LP, the Queen dropped her sophomore album, Nature of a Sista (1991), but it was her third studio album, Black Reign (1993), that truly put Latifah on the map. With the release of this album, hip-hopâ€™s female lead quickly let people know she could never be referred to as a b*tch, or any woman for that matter, with her chart-topping single, â€œU.N.I.T.Y.â€ The â€™90s female anthem came in at No. 1 on Billboardâ€™s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and No. 2 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. From there, Latifah went on to release four more albums over the next 11 years.