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1. The Light - An Excellent rap track on making it in the entertainment business and lot letting discouragement from others stop you with an excellent intro shouting out others who have made it who originate from New Jersey such as Bruce Springsteen, The Jonas Brothers, Whitney Houston, John Travolta, ETC. - 5/5
2. Fast Car FT Missy Elliott - Missy's rap made this song. but Latifah's - She was t-paining too much With the auto tune. - 3/5
3. Cue The rain - The first single, Based from the Classic The Chain by Fleetwood Mac. A Very catchy song about being driven "SO Insane" In a relationship - 5/5
4. My Couch FT Dre of Cool & DRE - While lyrically it's a great song, Dre's over use of Auto-tune can get a tad annoying 3.5/5
5. Take me Away With you Featuring Marsha Ambrosius, of Floetry fame - Marsha and Queen - GREAT COMBINATION. need I say More? 5/5
6. With you - This is a like a dub version of "Take me Away With you" - Unnecessary addition to the album - 2 stars
7. Hard to love ya FT Dre of cool & Dre, Busta Rhymes, Shawn Stockman of Boyz II men - One of my favorites on the album. Title pretty much explains what The song is about - 5/5
8. What's The plan - Another over use of Autotune by I think Dre (Male vocals went uncredited in this) - I'm not feeling this one too much - 1.5/5
9. Long A$$ week - Who hasn't had one of those? -5/5
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Ok I thought I was finished expressing my love. But since I'm listening to the CD right now I thought I might name the tracks that are most moving starting with "Runnin" , well maybe "Long ass week" DAMN I mean, "The world", I'm sorry I mean "Cue the rain" and "People" and "Fast Car".......Do you really want me to go through this??? You get the picture the album is hot and all the tracks are amazing!!!!
She also raps, riffs, and sings like nobody's business.
The idea behind Latifah's new album Persona - to show off her myriad musical abilities - would come off as contrived and gimmicky for nearly any other performer. For the Queen, however, it simply makes sense. Given her incredible talent and gift for seamlessly switching from one genre to another, this seems to be the most natural way to experience her heart and soul. There's no doubt she could put together a more traditional "focused" album - one need only listen to The Dana Owens Album for proof of that - but something about the variance and diversity of Persona makes it feel more real; more like the woman behind it.
Persona opens with The Light, an inspiring song-and-rap track that includes a shout-out to New Jersey- and the big names who got their start there. (Who knew that John Travolta and Shaquille O'Neal came from the Garden State?) The song has a great summer feel, with uplifting beats and a good message that permeates the album, but it's not the strongest track, largely due to the limited lyrics.
Fast Cars more than makes up or it, setting the tone for the rest of the album by raising the level of upbeat self-confidence without crossing over into cockiness; Queen Latifah is a class act on top of her talent. The only downside to this song is the (over)use of some vocal digitalization, which Latifah clearly doesn't need. Fortunately the Auto-Tune ends here, and can even be overlooked on this track thanks in part to a sassy, humor-filled rap injection from by Missy Elliott.
Cue the Rain - the album's first single - is H-O-T.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have listened to the CD now several times. Glad I bought it. Even though it was used the condition was great. Would buy again using this method.Published on October 19, 2011 by C. Grabler
I love Queen Latifah so this review might be a little biased, but I really think this album showcases her versatility. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by Patricia E.
I understand the Queen's need to change her style and do something new, but the root of hip hop and R&B begins and ends with the sound. Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Bj
I love Queen Latifah and was excited to see a new album, unfortunately, this is not working on many levels. Read morePublished on November 17, 2009 by Mildred Evans
If you are looking for the old Queen, might as well give it up. That is the entire purpose of being an artist you must be able to change and create new ways of making music. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by T. Thomas
Unfortunately, a lot of times most of us consumers like to see celebrities in the area that we first came to love them in. Read morePublished on October 9, 2009 by T. Blackman
Even though Latifah sounds great, and her lead single Cue the Rain is fantastic, the rest of this album falters from bad writing and production. Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by H. Tanner
I love Queen and I loved her last album and listen to it often. But this one, as my daughter would say, I just can't get jiggy with. I'm not feeling this at all.Published on September 30, 2009 by E. Mays