Since Queen Latifah hasn’t released a hip-hop album since 1998’s “Order in the Court” and her last and current albums feature her singing old jazz and blues covers, most fans considered her rap career pretty much done. But in an interview with Billboard, she said that she still has some joints in the chamber.
"I’d love to make another rap album," Latifah told Billboard.com. "I have some music I’ve already been working on. But everything has to have its proper place; I don’t really want to drop the rap album while (‘Trav’lin’ Light’) is out. I really want to respect every genre for what it is, and I’d prefer to record a rap album and be out there promoting it.”
She also said that there are plenty of things to talk about and fans could expect the Latifah they know and love from the 90’s.
‘I’ve always been sort of socially conscious," she said. "For me it’s always about mixing some sort of topic with a hot beat and a good hook. Every record’s not gonna be a message record; there’ll be a good mix of party records and content records mixed with some hot music. I think there’s a bunch of rap heads and hip-hop lovers who are my age. They just want good music that’s not shallow. They really want more from their music. Nobody’s really filled my shoes yet. There’s still room for me to do my thing."
Latifah is still doing the movie thing however. Later this year she will narrate, “The Perfect Holiday,” a Christmas story that stars Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Terrence Howard and Charlie Murphy. Latifah will also star in the comedy “Mad Money,” alongside Katie Holmes, Diane Keaton, and Ted Danson in 2008.