All Hail the Queen is the debut studio album by hip-hop artist Queen Latifah. The album was released on November 28, 1989, through Tommy Boy Records. The feminist anthem, “Ladies First” featuring Monie Love remains one of Latifah’s signature songs.
All Hail the Queen peaked at no. 6 and no. 124 on the Billboard Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums and Billboard 200 charts, respectively. “Wrath of My Madness” was the first single from All Hail the Queen, and was later sampled in Yo-Yo’s “You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo”. “Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children” peaked at no. 14 in the UK. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums. It was also featured in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
In 2008, the single “Ladies First” was ranked number 35 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs Of Hip Hop.