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Da Brat

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

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