A Tribute To Queen Latifah & Hip-Hop’s 50th Anniversary
Amazon Music is paying tribute to Queen Latifah with a short film called Generational Queens. The film will honor Latifah for her 1993 women’s empowerment anthem, “U.N.I.T.Y.,” which turns 30 this year.
Amazon Music honors rapper/actress Queen Latifah with a short film titled Generational Queens. The film will highlight Latifah’s 1993 hit, “U.N.I.T.Y.,” which turns 30 this year.
Generational Queens dropped on March 30 and featured an all-Black female cast centering around Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y.,” which is labeled as a respect-demanding feminist anthem. The iconic song turns 30 this year.
The film also captures the journey of music discovery and shows that hip-hop fandom starts at home.
Amazon Music’s honor of Latifah is part of their tribute to hip-hop’s 50th-anniversary called “50 & Forever,” which features live streams of hip-hop-related events and playlists.
The live streams will include R&B legend Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman’s Festival and Summit from May 12-13 and Dreamville Fest, which will take place from April 1-2.
Amazon Music will also host a “50 & Forever” exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, N.C.
“50 & Forever” also provides a highly curated playlist of rap music called “Rap Rotation Rewind in DJ Mode,” featuring former 106 & Park host Free Marie.
Other tributes for the 50th anniversary of hip-hop are happening all year. The Roots’ Black Thought wrote a love letter to hip-hop and Brooklyn rapper Lola Brooke being featured in a new Timberland campaign of their iconic boot to celebrate its role in hip-hop’s fashion history.
Many films have also been inspired by hip-hop, such as Belly and Hustle & Flow.
In February, a star-studded performance was held at the 2023 Grammys to celebrate hip-hop’s 50th anniversary. It featured performances from legendary rappers such as LL Cool J, Ice-T, Method Man, The Lox, Public Enemy, and more.
Legendary producer DJ Premier honored hip-hop’s 50th anniversary with the album Hip-Hop 50 Volume 1, released on July 15, 2022. The album features rappers Joey Bada$$, Lil Wayne, Slick Rick, Remy Ma, Rapsody, Run The Jewels, and Nas.