By Marc Weingarten
Updated June 15, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Although music hasn?t been her main gig for a few years now, Queen Latifah hasn?t lost any of her street-smart sass and still has what it takes to make a great crossover party record. On her latest album, the multimedia maven splits the difference between thumping hip-hop and suave lover-girl R&B jams, all the while reminding her royal subjects exactly who reigns supreme. With an album this fun and funky, it?s hard to argue with her.