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More about Queen Latifah
One of the first female hip-hop artists to rise to international fame, Queen Latifah was born Dana Owens in Newark, New Jersey, in 1970. She got her start in the music industry as a rapper/human beat box with the all-female ensemble Ladies Fresh. At age 18, she went solo and released the single "Wrath of My Madness," followed the next year by the album All Hail the Queen.