Queen Latifah stopped by Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning show this week and covered some of the many high points of her nearly 30-year career. The show opened up with talk of Latifah’s latest film, Girls Trip, which also features her Set It Off co-star Jada Pinkett Smith.
While she may not be a household name among today’s youth, the culture is dear to the New Jersey star. The veteran rapper, actor and executive shared some insights on Hip Hop as it currently stands, while also challenging rising artists to use their voice.
“I feel like a lot of rappers, they lost they balls, they got soft,” Latifah said. “When things are going on in the world, like with Trump or elections, this was the stuff we [rap artists] chewed on.”
Latifah also revealed she hasn’t abandoned Hip Hop, but wants to see diversity and innovation return to the music.
Earlier in the interview, Latifah spoke about joining Remy Ma and several other women rappers of her era such as MC Lyte, Rah Digga, The Lady of Rage, Monie Love, Cardi B, Lil Kim and more at Hot 97’s Summer Jam in June.
Coincidentally, that moment took place ahead of Remy’s “SHEther” performance, but Latifah shot down any connection to Ma’s feud with Nicki Minaj. Latifah added that women in Hip Hop should remain unified in an attempt to bring balance to the male-dominated industry.
Watch Latifah’s chat in the clip above. Hop to the 25:00-minute mark for the discussion on the Summer Jam experience, and continue on through the 32:00-minute mark for discussion on the state of modern Hip Hop.