Persona - Queen Latifah
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  • Summary: The multi-award winning artist's first hip hop album in five years features Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Serani, and Busta Rhymes.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Half of the album finds the successful singer/actor making the kind of pop-inflected R&B once heard from En Vogue or SWV. Cool & Dre handled the bulk of the album's production, setting the star's vocals against head-nodding beats that come reasonably close to more youthful urban-radio fare.
  2. Persona is stylistically everywhere and yet it skips over some fruitful ground.
  3. For all the pleasures, Latifah sounds too guarded.
  4. Just about all of it is enjoyable, but not much of it sticks.
  5. Pharrell Williams and Dre of Cool and Dre provide the same synth beats they probably offered Raven-Symoné, and guest MC Missy Elliott outshines the Queen, who's so bored she's rapping about exhaustion.
  6. This is an album that could have been recorded by any dance artist. There is very little of the personality that made Queen Latifah a star.
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