Queen latifah is a rap artist, actress, entertainment executive, and entrepreneur and has enjoyed quite a varied career since growing up in Newark. Her considerable talent has earned her not only a grammy award, but Oscar and Emmy nominations as well. In the 90s, her single Ladies First became a rap classic, and was named by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of The 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll. Her latest musical endeavor is a new album called Travlin Light . Its a hand-picked mix of jazz, soul and blues classics and forgotten jewels.