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

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