Sometimes you have to stop what you're doing, sit down at thecomputer, and blog immediately.
Such protocol was in order when I logged onto Twitter today.I saw the update that would eventually save me from having to search for infoabout the all-star female MC performance at Queen Latifah's birthday partySaturday night at S.I.R. Theater in Hollywood.
@DJEQUE posted a link to footage from the party.
Last week my favorite female rapper Yo Yo told me that aperformance at the upcoming Queen Latifah party was going down. Late last nightI saw tweets that implied that Yo Yo's involvement was part of an even biggerdeal.
Clicking on DJ Eque's link launched a Flip video (uploadedby @RealTalibKweli) of MC Lyte in the midst of performing her gold certifiedand Grammy nominated single "Ruffneck" as Queen Latifah introduced her andadded hypeman ad-libs. (NOTE: The link has been removed from this blog because it has changed to private.)
The DJ rolled into Remy Ma's verse from the Terror Squad's"Lean Back" and then the Lady of Rage's "Afro Puffs." The Virginia-bred formerDeath Row lyrical murderer emerged delivering her record from the Above The Rim soundtrack.
Latifah summoned Yo Yo to the stage for "You Can't Play WithMy Yo Yo." They turned to the audience and shook their backsides in sync.Latifah sent a shoutout to Shawnna from Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace whilelistening to a snippet of "Gettin' Some."
Latifah then went to the front and announcedthat she needed to make way for a queen. She reached her hand into the audienceto welcome Lil' Kim for an abbreviated version of "Lighter's Up."
Latifah closed out her guest star segment with MissyElliott, who performed "Get Ur Freak On."
This year is the twentieth anniversary of Latifah's "LadiesFirst." So this turned out to be a dope celebration, two fold.
"I just love Latifah to death," added Yo Yo, who is workingon an EP, My Journey To Fearless: TheBlack Butterfly. "I was celebrating so much more than just her birthday butwhat she has done for hip hop. She is still the same and has never changed."
Happy Birthday Latifah.