Discovered by Jermaine Dupri in '92, Da Brat (like MC Lyte and Queen Latifah) exploded into the hip-hop scene at a time when female rappers were almost unheard of. Against all odds, her debut, Funkdafied, became the first platinum-selling album by a female rapper. Unlike Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown, Da Bra-ta-ta skewered sexuality early on in her career. Instead, she relied on her dashing delivery and double time flow.
Shawntae Harris (born April 14, 1974), better known by her stage name Da Brat is an American female rapper.
Da Brat was born April 14, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois.
She attended Kenwood Academy High School from 88-92 and graduated from kenwood as featured on a Vh1 special despite rumors that she transferred to Marshall Chicago Public School High School.
Brat is the half-sister of actress LisaRaye McCoy
Harris was involved in the altercation that ended in assault at a Halloween party at Studio 72 nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia, on 31 October 2007. Harris and a hostess exchanged verbal spars, and later, when the hostess proceeded to talk to Harris' manager, Harris attacked the hostess from behind, striking her in the face with a rum bottle. Harris entered a guilty plea to aggravated assault charges. She was sentenced to three years in prison, seven years of probation, and 200 hours of community service. According to reports, the rapper pleaded to her weeping family as she was led out of the courtroom, saying: "I love y'all." Harris, who had been convicted in 2000 for misdemeanor reckless conduct, reportedly attempted an unsuccessful escape on September 17th, 2008.
The Jermaine Dupri protégé had chart success in 1994 with her single and video entitled "Funkdafied,"(so so def) taken from her debut album of the same name (Funkdafied), that reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. This album went platinum, in which made her one of the first female rappers to go platinum. She had a follow-up hit from the same album, "Give It 2 You", which reached #26 on the Hot 100. During the rest of the decade, she remained somewhat low-key and came to be known more for her "featured" appearances on other rappers' and R&B singers' albums than for her own solo work.
In the summer of 1996 she contributed a rhyme to the hip hop remix of Mariah Carey's hit, "Always Be My Baby". She also made her feature film debut that year in Kazaam with Shaquille O'Neal. During the summer of 1997, Da Brat appeared along with Dupri on a remix of Carey's "Honey (So So Def mix)" and recorded the hit song Not Tonight with Lil' Kim, Left-Eye, Angie Martinez and Missy Elliott. She also did a track called "Ghetto Love" featuring T-Boz of TLC, this song & video was well received and was in heavy rotation for a short period of time. This artist also featured with Kris Kross on their track "Da Bomb" on the album "Da Bomb", as well as on their third album Young, Rich and Dangerous.
1997 she was featured on "Sock It 2 Me", a track on Missy Elliott's debut album, which became a popular single in early 1998. In 1999, Da Brat appeared, alongside Krayzie Bone, on the remix to Mariah Carey's cover of Brenda K. Starr's "I Still Believe". She also appeared as a guest artist with Missy Elliott on Carey's remix of "Heartbreaker", and on the remix of Brandy's "U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To)" with Shaunta. In 1999 she was also featured on the Destiny's Child album The Writing's on the Wall's single Jumpin', Jumpin', which was an international hit.
In early 2000, Da Brat released her third full-length album Unrestricted, which produced the moderately successful singles "That's What I'm Looking For" (U.S. #56) and "What Chu Like" (U.S. #26), featuring soul singer, Tyrese. The album was not well received compared to Brat's earlier work. However, the new album and new millennium did inspire an image makeover for Da Brat. Abandoning her "gangsta" persona, she decided to follow the trend in popular music and attempted to sex her image up; the video for "What Chu Like" featured Da Brat and Tyrese rolling around half naked on a beach. In keeping with her new image, Da Brat accidentally exposed her nipples live on MTV's Total Request Live while she was hosting the show.
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