5. Queen Latifah “Latifah’s Had it up 2 Here” (1991)

Album: Nature of a Sista

Label: Tommy Boy

Producer: Naughty By Nature

Peter Rosenberg: “This is just a great Latifah song. You could’ve picked ‘Ladies First’ or ‘U.N.I.T.Y.’ Latifah was not only an awesome MC in that classic, late '80s [period], but she’s such a G in hip-hop. Not only did she start Flavor Unit Records, and put on Naughty By Nature, and Apache, and all this other amazing stuff, but she also became the person who has since then transcended hip-hop on a level that is huge! We almost take for granted how famous Queen Latifah is, because she’s that famous, and that important to culture overall.”