Persona (Queen Latifah album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)
LabelFlavor Unit Universal
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
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
The Boston GlobeMixed[3]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[4]
PopMatters2/10 stars[5]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[1]
Washington PostMixed[6]

Persona is the seventh studio album by American rapper Queen Latifah. It was released on August 25, 2009, by Flavor Unit Entertainment. The album marks Queen Latifah's return to hip hop music since 2002.


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.[8]

The album debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200, selling 18,000 copies in its first week.


Dre from production duo Cool & Dre 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; co-produced by Queen Latifah) – 3:45
  6. "With You" (produced by Cool & Dre) – 4:34
  7. "Hard to Love You" (featuring Dre, Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men & 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; co-produced by Tashaun "Skitz" Spence) – 5:12
  14. "The World" (produced by Cool & Dre; co-produced by Kenny Flav) – 5:31

iTunes Store bonus tracks

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


Chart (2009) Peak
US Billboard 200[9] 25
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 3


  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Persona". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Persona – Queen Latifah". AllMusic. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  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"".
  9. ^ "Queen Latifah Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Queen Latifah Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2018.

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