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Da Brat

Da Brat was one of the first of a new breed of hard-edged female MCs to hit the hip-hop scene during the '90s. Although sexuality was certainly part of her image, it wasn't as important to her as it was to Lil' Kim or Foxy Brown; instead, Da Brat made her name as a tough, profane rhymer whose hardcore attitude and lyrical skills were never in doubt. Da Brat was born Shawntae Harris in Chicago in 1974, and started rapping at age 11. In 1992, while still a teenager, she was discovered by producer Jermaine Dupri, when she won an amateur rap contest and got a chance to meet Dupri's protégés Kris Kross. With their endorsement, Dupri signed her to his So So Def label and produced her debut album, Funkdafied, which was released in 1994. The title track was an enormous hit, going to number two on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and spending nearly three months on top of Hot Rap Singles. Its success -- as well as that of the follow-up singles Fa All Y'All and Give It 2 You -- helped Da Brat become the first female rapper ever to have a platinum-selling album. Funkdafied also hit number one on R&B Albums, a staggering achievement for a debut release by a female rapper. For her 1996 follow-up, Anuthatantrum, Da Brat took greater control of her music and persona, scoring hits with "Sittin' on Top of the World" and "Ghetto Love." The album was another commercial success, returning her to the R&B Top Five and the pop Top 20. In its wake, Da Brat made high-profile cameo appearances on records by the likes of Mariah Carey, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Total, Dru Hill, and Lil' Kim, among others. She also made her film debut in 1996 in the Shaquille O'Neal comedy Kazaam. Just prior to the release of her third album in 2000, Da Brat was arrested on assault charges after allegedly pistol-whipping another woman during an altercation at an Atlanta nightclub. She later pled guilty to a lesser charge of reckless conduct, and was let off with a fine, probation, and community service. Meanwhile, her album Unrestricted appeared in the spring of 2000, and found her sporting a somewhat sexier image. It became not only her second R&B chart-topper, but also her biggest album on the Billboard 200, climbing into the Top Five. She also enjoyed hits with the singles "That's What I'm Looking For" and "What'Chu Like." In 2001, Da Brat returned to the big screen in Mariah Carey's ill-fated film Glitter, and issued her solo follow-up, Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz, in 2003. A couple years later, Da Brat co-starred in the fourth season of the VH1 reality television series The Surreal Life and appeared on a remix of Dem Franchize Boyz' hit single "I Think They Like Me." Despite her success with that track, it didn't reignite her music career. Over the next several years, she sporadically collaborated with other artists and performed with Mariah Carey. Da Brat's progress was slowed by a prison sentence for aggravated assault. In 2013, she returned with a single, "Is It Chu," through her Rare Breed label. A couple years later, her career received a major boost when she became co-host of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Shortly after that, she appeared in an episode of Empire and released a single, "#YAK (You Already Know)," that featured Sage the Gemini and Eric Bellinger. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Da Brat

    '00s Hip-Hop

    '00s Hip-Hop
    1 song

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    1 song

Albums by
Da Brat

Top Songs by
Da Brat

  1.   Song
  2.   Funkdafied
  3.   What'chu Like
  4.   Da B Side
  5.   Sittin' on Top of the World
  6.   #YAK (You Already Know) by Sage the Gemini
  7.   That's What I'm Looking For
  8.   Ghetto Love
  9.   Da B Side
  10.   Da Shit You Can't Fuck Wit
  11.   Fa All Y'All
  12.   Give It 2 You
  13.   In Love Wit Chu
  14.   Da Shit Ya Can't Fuc Wit
  15.   Mind Blowin'
  16.   Ain't No Thang
  17.   Let's All Get High
  18.   All My Bitches
  19.   Fuck You
  20.   We Ready
  21.   Lyrical Molestation
  22.   Fa All Y'all
  23.   Keepin' It Live
  24.   Medley
  25.   Get Somebody
  26.   Chuch by C-Lo
  27.   Got a Thing 4 You
  28.   World Premiere
  29.   What's on Ya Mind
  30.   Breeve on Em
  31.   Intro
  32.   Sittin' on Top of the World, Pt. 2
  33.   Make It Happen
  34.   Just a Little Bit More
  35.   Celebration Time
  36.   Heartbreaker
  37.   A Word From...Da Bishop Don "Magic" Juan
  38.   High Come Down featuring LaTocha Scott
  39.   Hands in the Air featuring Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie
  40.   We Ready featuring Jermaine Dupri
  41.   Intro featuring Jermaine Dupri
  42.   What's on Your Mind featuring 22
  43.   In My Bed featuring Dru Hill
  44.   Give It to You
  45.   Ghetto Love by T-Boz
  46.   Who I Am
  47.   Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  48.   Photo Gallery
  49.   Gushy Wushy
  50.   I Was the One
  51.   Got It Poppin'
  52.   Boom
  53.   Who Am I
  54.   Ain't Got Time to Waste
  55.   Ball Game
  56.   Immortal Beloved (Outro)
  57.   The Introduction
  58.   F**K You
  59.   Chi Town
  60.   A Word from Dy Bishop Don "Magic" Juen (Interlude)
  61.   Pink Lemonade
  62.   High Come Down
  63.   Leave Me Alone (Interlude)
  64.   Runnin' Out of Time
  65.   Hands in the Air
  66.   Back Up
  67.   Da Bomb
  68.   Fire It Up
  69.   Sittin' on Top of the World, Pt. 2 by T-Boz
  70.   Anuthatantrum
  71.   My Beliefs
  72.   West Side Interlude
  73.   May da Funk Be Wit 'Cha
  74.   At the Club (Interlude)
  75.   All That's Got to Go
  76.   Tango
  77.   Live It Up
  78.   Come and Get Some
  79.   Live & Die

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