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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. Still a teenager, she was discovered by producer Jermaine Dupri in 1992, 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 charts and spending nearly three months on top of the rap singles chart. 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 the R&B album chart, 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 pop charts to date, 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. ~ 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.   Mind Blowin'
  5.   Da B Side by The Notorious B.I.G.
  6.   That's What I'm Looking For
  7.   Da B Side (Squeky Clean)
  8.   Sittin' on Top of the World
  9.   Da Shit Ya Can't Fuc Wit
  10.   In Love Wit Chu
  11.   Ghetto Love
  12.   Give It 2 You
  13.   Let's All Get High
  14.   We Ready
  15.   Just a Little Bit More
  16.   Fa All Y'all
  17.   Ain't Got Time to Waste
  18.   West Side Interlude
  19.   My Beliefs
  20.   Keepin' It Live
  21.   Celebration Time
  22.   Da Shit You Can't Fuck Wit
  23.   Tango
  24.   Who I Am
  25.   Gushy Wushy
  26.   I Was the One
  27.   Get Somebody
  28.   Chuch by C-Lo
  29.   Got It Poppin'
  30.   Boom
  31.   Who Am I
  32.   World Premiere
  33.   F**K You
  34.   Chi Town
  35.   A Word from Dy Bishop Don "Magic" Juen (Interlude)
  36.   High Come Down
  37.   What's on Ya Mind
  38.   Breeve on Em
  39.   Hands in the Air
  40.   Fuck You
  41.   Intro
  42.   Make It Happen
  43.   Sittin' on Top of the World, Pt. 2
  44.   What's on Your Mind featuring 22
  45.   Anuthatantrum
  46.   Heartbreaker
  47.   A Word From...Da Bishop Don "Magic" Juan
  48.   High Come Down featuring LaTocha Scott
  49.   Hands in the Air featuring Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie
  50.   We Ready featuring Jermaine Dupri
  51.   Intro featuring Jermaine Dupri
  52.   In My Bed featuring Dru Hill
  53.   Give It to You
  54.   Ghetto Love by T-Boz
  55.   Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  56.   Photo Gallery
  57.   Got a Thing 4 You
  58.   Immortal Beloved (Outro)
  59.   The Introduction
  60.   Pink Lemonade
  61.   All My Bitches
  62.   Leave Me Alone (Interlude)
  63.   Runnin' Out of Time
  64.   Back Up
  65.   At the Club (Interlude)
  66.   Da Bomb
  67.   All That's Got to Go
  68.   Ain't No Thang
  69.   May da Funk Be Wit 'Cha
  70.   Fire It Up
  71.   Sittin' on Top of the World, Pt. 2 by T-Boz
  72.   Lyrical Molestation
  73.   Live It Up
  74.   Ball Game
  75.   Come and Get Some
  76.   Ghetto Love by T-Boz
  77.   Live & Die

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