Long before Drake cozied up to Kentucky, there was another major hip hop star who aligned herself with a popular Final 4 team ... QUEEN LATIFAH ... so says former UCLA superstar Tyus Edney.
Tyus was out in Santa Monica last night and told us Queen was such a big fan of the Bruins back in the day, she sent the players a BOTTLE OF EXPENSIVE CHAMPAGNE when they won the championship in '95.
"I think I still have the bottle," Edney said ... "I didn't even drink it!"
Bonus -- Tyus was out with Andre Johnson (Magic's son) ... and told us they just started a company together called "Where Were You When ...?" which is all about famous moments in sports history.
Check out the clip.
Queen Latifah Sent Us DOM Perignon
When UCLA Won Title in '95
4/9/2014 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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