Queen Latifah & Monie Love – Ladies First [1989]

Monie Love, probably my favourite female MC lends her epic lyrical talent to this otherwise middle of the road offering from Latifah. The mid-verse from Love is literally what makes the track, its so good the 45 King drops everything but the break and gives Love center stage. At a time when Public Enemy were beginning to Dominate hiphop, this cut was a refreshing change of pace.

From Wikipedia
Love first gained critical and commercial notice in the United States 1989 for her cameos in Queen Latifah’s Grammy-winning and pro-woman single “Ladies First,” in the Jungle Brothers’ well-received single “Doin’ Our Own Dang,” and in De La Soul’s hit single “Buddy.” The acclaim led her to a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records, making Love one of the few British hip-hop efforts released by a major label.
Love also has a place in hip-hop history as a member of the Native Tongues, a positive-minded hip-hop collective that included Queen Latifah, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, the Jungle Brothers, and a number of other acts.
Love’s debut album, Down To Earth, spawned two, Grammy-nominated hits, “Monie in the Middle” (a high school-set track dealing with a woman’s right to determine what she wants out of a relationship) and “It’s a Shame (My Sister)” (which sampled The Spinners’ “It’s a Shame” written for the band by Stevie Wonder) and featured house-music vocalist and then-labelmate Ultra Naté. The album reached #26 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

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