Persona (Queen Latifah album)

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Persona Cover.jpg
Studio album by Queen Latifah
Released August 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Hip hop, dance, R&B
Label Flavor Unit Entertainment
Producer Cool & Dre, The Neptunes
Queen Latifah chronology
Trav'lin Light
Singles from Persona
  1. "Cue the Rain"
    Released: March 10, 2009
  2. "Fast Car"
    Released: September 29, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (46/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
The Boston Globe (mixed)[3]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[4]
PopMatters 2/10 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[1]
Washington Post (mixed)[6]

Persona is the seventh studio album by hip hop artist Queen Latifah. It marks Latifah's return to hip hop music since 2003.


In 2008, Latifah was asked if she would make another hip-hop album. She was quoted saying the album was "already done" and it would be called "All Hail the Queen II". It had previously been stated that her return-to-hip-hop album would be titled "Negativity" and "Star".

It was rumored that the album would be named "The 'L' Word". When asked about the rumor, she stated it was her attempt to "mess with people's heads" referring to the rumors that she is lesbian.[7]

On September 12, 2008, Rolling Stone reported that Queen Latifah was working on a new album titled "Persona". The song "Cue the Rain" was released as the album's lead single. This album will be, at least partially, produced by Izanagi. She will also work with Missy Elliott.[8]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at #25 with just over 18,000 copies, but fell 95 places to #120 in its second week.


Dre from production duo Cool & Drel teamed up with her in a song called "My Couch". He once again lent his vocal in another track titled "Hard to Love Ya" alongside Busta Rhymes and Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman. On her Twitter page, Latifah revealed that the second single from the album would be "Fast Car."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Light" (Produced By Cool & Dre) [5:04]
  2. "Fast Car" (featuring. Missy Elliott) (Produced By Cool & Dre) [4:18]
  3. "Cue the Rain" (Produced By Cool & Dre) [6:02]
  4. "My Couch" (featuring Cool & Dre) (Produced By Cool & Dre) [6:04]
  5. "Take Me Away (With You)" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius) (Produced By Cool & Dre) [3:45]
  6. "With You" (Produced By Cool & Dre) [4:34]
  7. "Hard to Love You" (featuring Dre, Shawn Stockman & Busta Rhymes) (Produced By Cool & Dre) [4:14]
  8. "What's the Plan" (Produced By Cool & Dre) [3:10]
  9. "Long Ass Week" (Produced By Cool & Dre) [4:11]
  10. "Runnin'" (Produced By Cool & Dre) [4:03]
  11. "People" (featuring. Mary J. Blige) (Produced By Cool & Dre) [3:54]
  12. "If He Wanna" (featuring. Serani) (Produced By The Neptunes) [4:49]
  13. "Over the Mountain" (Produced By Cool & Dre) [5:12]
  14. "The World" (Produced By Cool & Dre) [5:31]

iTunes bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Spotlight" [3:07]
  2. "Champion" [3:30]
  3. "Fair Weather Friend" (featuring Ingrid Woode) [4:22]
  4. "Be Yourself" [4:17]


Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 25
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 3


  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Persona". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. Review: Persona. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-08-26.
  3. ^ Capobianco, Ken (2009-08-24). "'Persona' Lacks Queen's Attitude". The Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2009-08-26.
  4. ^ Wappler, Margaret (2009-08-24). Review: Persona. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-08-26.
  5. ^ Lewis, Tyler (2009-09-15). "Queen Latifah: Persona". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  6. ^ Stewart, Allison (2009-08-25). Review: Persona. The Washington Post. Retrieved on 2009-08-26.
  7. ^ "Lesbian album scares Queen Latifah". 
  8. ^ "Queen Latifah Returns to Hip-Hop With Dr. Dre on LP She Nearly Named "The L Word"". 

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