Queen Latifah Giving Up Rapping?

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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno

      Queen Latifah’s new album drops on September 25, but don’t expect any hip-hop on there. The new album, “Trav’lin’ Light,” is a collection of jazz and blues cover songs by the likes of PeggyLee, Etta James, Sarah Vaughn, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae, Roberta Flack, Mary Wells, Phoebe Snow, and Frank Sinatra.

      The album features appearances from Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu with contributions from world renowned musicians George Duke, Joe Sample and Christian McBride. Latifah will also be going on tour this fall, but expect any performances of “Ladies First.” She’ll be performing songs from the new album as well as her last jazz/soul album, “The Dana Owens Album,” which was nominated for a Grammy. But if you want to take a chance to see if she performs “U.N.I.T.Y.”, here are the tour dates:


09/29/07  Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre

10/01/07  Iowa City, IA Hancher Auditorium

10/05/07  Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square Center

10/06/07  Skokie, IL North Shore Ctr. For The Perf. Arts  

10/08/07  Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino

10/09/07  Stamford, CT Palace Theatre

10/10/07  Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre

10/12/07  Rehoboth Beach, DE Rehoboth Beach Convention Center  

10/13/07  Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino

10/21/07  Bethlehem, PA Zoellner Arts Center

10/24/07  New York, NY HighLine Ballroom

10/26/07  Troy, NY Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

10/27/07  Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center

10/29/07  Harrisburg, PA Whitaker Center

11/03/07  Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

11/04/07  Lafayette, LA Heymann Performing Arts Center  

11/06/07  Naples, FL Philharmonic Center For The Arts  

11/07/07  West Palm Beach, FL Raymond Kravis Ctr. For Perf. Arts

11/08/07  Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall

11/10/07  Orlando, FL Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live

11/15/07  Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre

11/16/07  Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues

11/17/07  Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center  


  1. I also don’t care about her rapping. But folks need to expand there music. Her jazz album is very good. And I love the hardest gangster rap. So am excited about the new album! And am going to the concert in Iowa City!

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