Queen Latifah Makes History As First Female Rapper Included in the National Recording Registry

Queen Latifah Becomes First Female Rapper Inducted into National Recording Registry

Published Wed, April 12, 2023 at 9:40 AM EDT

Queen Latifah has once again made history. She's the first female rapper to have her music included in the National Recording Registry.

Latifah's foundation-laying debut All Hail The Queen, will be added to the Registry. "Her album showed rap could cross genres including reggae, hip-hop, house and jazz — while also opening opportunities for other female rappers," the Library Of Congress statement said, per NPR.

All Hail The Queen arrived in 1989, introducing Latfiah's unbridled perspective and vision for female empowerment. “By wearing African clothes, and African accessories, not only am I supporting my African brothers and sisters who have these businesses, but it brings me closer to my ancestors,” Latifah told Yo! MTV Raps host Fab 5 Freddy in 1989.

With songs like "Ladies First," Latifah settled into her art, offering a counter perspective to some of the Hip-Hop acts who were bubbling at the time. The song featured fellow Native Tongues member Monie Love and fellow emcees like Miss Melodee and Heather B appear in the video — Latifah said she also invited MC Lyte to the shoot but "Lyte had to help her mother move that day." The song still stands as a feminist anthem, decades later. Throughout her debut, Latifah also continuously showcased her dexterity, including on tracks like "Come Into My House," where she displays her expansive musicality.

It's fitting that the album will forever be honored. "The National Recording Registry preserves our history through recorded sound and reflects our nation's diverse culture," said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in a statement.

Latifah isn't the only one who made history — this year also marks the first time a video game soundtrack will be included with the 1986 theme for the video game Super Mario Bros. also being selected.

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