Queen Latifah brought royalty to the rap game for women in the 80’s and tonight women united to pay her homage at the BET Awards.
When the hip hop industry was on the rise into pop culture in the 1980’s, the women were right there with the men at the forefront as a driving force making waves. Queen Latifah’s “Ladies First” was a majestic rap masterpiece which featured a young Monie Love that showed the international reach Latifah would have with her music.
Taking a step further than just rhyming, she acquired a skill to run a music label herself and named with some flare under the name of “Flavor Unit”. Her expansion in the entertainment world would extend to acting as she would appear in movies such as Juice with her fellow rap artists making headway into the Hollywood ranks such as Tupac Shakur.
She would be elevated into becoming a star on her own sitcom on what many consider precursor to “Friends” in the 90’s favorite “In Living Single”. Similar to Will Smith she was geared to the hip hop crowd who were attracted to the classic “Fresh Prince Of Belair”. Latifah’s acting roles would extend to becoming a gangster on “Set It Off” with Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Some of the top female rappers in the game took to the stage to pay homage to the “Queen”. Lil’ Kim who earlier in the night admitted she would be willing to appear with Nicki Minaj for a Verzuz was apart of the Unity performance.
Hot 97 personality, Peter Rosenberg took to Twitter to state, “Just a recap that tonight Lil Kim said that she wants to do a Verzuz with Nicki and later performed “Unity” to honor Queen Latifah … Wow!!!.”
Just a recap that tonight Lil Kim said that she wants to do a Verzuz with Nicki and later performed "Unity" to honor Queen Latifah … Wow!!!
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) June 28, 2021
Lil’ Kim, Monie Love, Rapsody, and MC Lyte performed “Just Another Day,” “Ladies First,” and “UNITY” to honor Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Queen Latifah at the 2021 BET Awards.
Queen Latifah also delivered a very emotional speech as she accepted the award that celebrated her long and illustrious career.
“I am so extremely moved, I don’t even know what to say,” she began, getting choked up. “Let me just say that I wanna thank God because God designed this whole thing to be this way. There’s no way that I could have had the parents that I was born to, my father, my mother, who instilled so much in me.”
“My family, I love you, my siblings, my best friends who die or die with me, whether my face is lying in the dirt of flying in the skies, they know me and they there for me,” she continued, before taking a beat to thank BET itself.
“I wanna thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful Blackness to thrive, to shine,” she said, “when we couldn’t get played on the radio in other places, we couldn’t get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness and to shine to this night right now, right here.”
BET Awards did well in giving an iconic figure her flowers, while she is still alive to receive them.