Audio: “Fast Car” (featuring Missy Elliot)

New York, NY – Grammy winning, Oscar nominated, Golden Globe winning, recording artist Queen Latifah is releasing her new album Persona on August 25, 2009. With her undeniable talent, this album brings together the two worlds of Hip Hop and Pop creating a new sound for the Queen. Persona is executive produced by Cool and Dre and features a song produced by renowned music producer and artist Pharrell Williams.

Queen Latifah: musician; television and film actress; a label president; an author and entrepreneur. Blessed with style and talent, Queen Latifah has blossomed into a one-woman entertainment conglomerate. Heralded by the industry as a force to be reckoned with, Latifah has quite simply done it all and shows no sign of slowing down.

Queen Latifah is one of music’s most well respected singers and rappers. From her ground breaking 1989 debut All Hail the Queen, which set the visual and contextual standard for female rappers, to her bold foray into R&B, Latifah continues to define what a woman in the music industry should be. She has earned four Grammy nominations as well as a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994.

The lead single off of the new album, Cue the Rain combines Latifah’s melodic voice with a fun club beat was first debuted on the season finale of ‘American Idol’. The Light opens up about her upbringing in New Jersey and how through various obstacles she has “made it to the light”. This song is a throw back to her rapping days, and reminds you exactly why you love the Queen. The song People, which features Mary J Blige, examines a personal look into the nature and interactions of relationships. Other featured artists include Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, and Serani.

Also in the works is a musically inspired feature film “Stories I’ve Heard” to be directed by Chris Robinson (ATL, Warner Brothers 2006) .

Written by Chris Robinson and writing partner Neal Feldman, the film unfolds to reveal five separate stories that intersect under extraordinary circumstances.

According to Robinson, “Stories I’ve Heard” is just that… Narratives inspired by conversations I’ve had over the years. Extraordinary tales from normal everyday people.” Varying from the harrowing to the mysterious, each story is based on some kind of real-life event. The five separate storylines eventually intersect, revealing just how involved we all are in each other’s lives without even knowing it.

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