Da Brat

Rapper/Actress

As part of the hard-edged female rap scene of the 1990s, Da Brat nee Shawntae Harris pushed sexuality in her lyrics without letting it influence her image. Discovered by producer Jermaine Dupriin 1992, Da Brat’s hardcore attitude and tough rhymes boosted singles like “Funkdafied,” “Fa All Y’All and “Give It 2 You” into platinum-selling hits. Da Brat also made high-profile cameo appearances on singles by Missy Elliot, Mariah Carey and Lil’ Kim. In 1996 she made her film debut in the Shaquille O’Neal vehicle, Kazaam, followed by a role in Mariah Carey’s film debut, Glitter.

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20 Years Later: The Most Influential Albums of 1994

A look back at the most memorable albums from two decades ago.

Celebrity Birthdays: Happy Birthday, Martin Lawrence!

Chance the Rapper, Akon and more celebrate this week.

Music News: Dondria Nicole “I Still Have Big Shoes to Fill on So So Def”

Songstress has a new name and different outlook on music. (2/28/2014)

Da Brat Ordered to Pay $6.4 Million to Assault Victim

Judge awards former NFL cheerleader damages after rapper hit her with a liquor bottle.

Da Brat Civil Trial Stalled by Immigration Issue

Judge declares mistrial after juror lies about citizenship.
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