NEW YORK – Even though Queen Latifah is now on her second jazz album, there still some who expect her to be spitting out raps instead of singing riffs.

But the 37-year-old entertainer has never allowed herself to be defined by one talent, let alone one genre. Though Latifah got her start years ago as feminist, Afrocentric rapper, she’s long since proved she’s a performer that defies categorization. She’s an Oscar-nominated actress with box-office success, a film producer, cosmetics model, and as her latest record, “Trav’lin’ Light” shows, a formidable jazz singer.

“Trav’lin’ Light” is the follow-up to her the Grammy-nominated jazz debut “The Dana Owens Album,” which takes its title from her real name. On her new disc, Latifah sings songs popularized by Peggy Lee, Etta James and Nina Simone, among others. She’s currently on a nationwide tour to support the disc.

Still, as successful as she’s been singing jazz, she’s also not ready to give up on hip-hop. In an interview with The Associated Press, Latifah talked about returning to rap, her film career and what women in hip-hop need to succeed. Yahoo News


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