It’s safe to say that it was a first for Dolly Parton when she was introduced as “one of the baddest rappers in the game” during the first season of the Queen Latifah Show. In October of 2013, Parton slayed the audience of the new talk show with a big blond Afro and a free-style rap performance. The country queen relied on her trademark quick-wit to one-up another queen, Ms. Latifah… or at least one-up her in the décolletage department.
“I know the Queen has got ’em too/But she don’t work ’em like I do,” she recited, throwing her hands in the air as if in an 8 Mile rap battle.
There is no doubt Parton made her goddaughter proud with this performance, giving a shout-out to a hit Miley Cyrus song: “I’m workin’/I’m twerkin’/Hey Miley, I got your wreckin’ balls right here.” (The legendary singer even tweeted, “Watch me twerk it,” in a post linking to the clip.)
Parton and Latifah first met while filming the 2012 family-friendly movie Joyful Noise. The two were on-screen enemies but became best of friends off camera.