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

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