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Queen Latifah: From Hip-Hop to Big Band

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Queen Latifah: From Hip-Hop to Big Band

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Music from 'Dana Owens'

When seminal rap artist Queen Latifah won acclaim as an actress in movies like Set it Off and Chicago, fans began to get a glimpse of her wide-ranging talents. Now, she's breaking the mold again. Fifteen years after her hard-hitting hip-hop debut, All Hail the Queen, she has a new CD of jazz, soul and pop standards covering artists as diverse as Dinah Washington, Al Green and Billy Strayhorn.

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As she tells NPR's Michele Norris, "I've never wanted to be put into a box, not musically."

In a nod to her given name, Queen Latifah has titled the CD The Dana Owens Album. She recorded songs she listened to while growing up. "I loved Dinah Washington, I loved Sarah Vaughan, I liked a big band sound," she says. "I liked to watch Bing Crosby and hear him sing on TV."

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Album
The Dana Owens Album
Artist
Queen Latifah
Label
Interscope Records
Released
2004

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