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

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