33)Queen Latifah – Latifah’s Had It Up To Here

Song: Latifah’s Had It Up 2 Here

Album: Nature Of A Sista

Year: 1991

What I always respected about Latifah (and this isn’t a knock to Foxy, Lil Kim or Nicki Minaj who have all had dope moments in their own regard) is the way she carried herself with grace. I don’t know if she wrote this but the delivery is just natural, at points it comes off like a female’s rendition of “Aint No Half Steppin” the way she flowed with such smooth precision. This was a precursor to the “keep it real” era as she exclaimed “Fame hasn’t got me…souped up, selling out, poppy or sloppy”. The piano line is KILLER and this is one of my favorite DJ breakdowns ever at the end.

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