5 Queen Latifah: From MC to Mainstream Diva
Queen Latifah: From MC to Mainstream Diva
In Set It Off (1996), economic desperation prompts the criminal behavior of four friends—Stony (Jada Pinkett, left), Tisean (Kimberly Elise), Cleo (Queen Latifah, 3rd from left), and Frankie (Vivica A. Fox).
When pondering which hip-hop MC has attained the most positive reception by mainstream America, Queen Latifah tops the list. Her crossover into the larger commercial arena was achieved without gimmicks or hype. Instead, she built her reputation within the hip-hop world as an influential rapper, parlaying that fame into television popularity, film roles, advertisement appearances, industry voiceovers, and a management and production company. In addition, with her autobiography, she has sought to inspire women. ← 101 | 102 →
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