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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Limelite, LUV & Niteclubs (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. World Premiere

2. In Love Wit Chu

3. Ain't Got Time To Waste

4. Gotta Thing For You

5. Who I Am

6. Boom

7. Got It Poppin

8. Chuch

9. Get Somebody

10. I Was The One

11. Gushy Wushy

Disc 2
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Track List: Unrestricted (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. We Ready

3. What'chu Like

6. Back Up

7. Hands In The Air

8. Runnin' Out Of Time

9. That's What I'm Looking For

10. Breeve On Em

11. What's On Ya Mind

12. Leave Me Alone

13. High Come Down

14. All My B**ches

15. Pink Lemonade

17. Chi Town

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Track List: Ghetto Love

2. Pink Lemonade

4. That's What I'm Looking For

5. What's On Ya Mind

6. Mind Blowin'

8. Breeve On Em

9. Runnin' Out Of Time

10. Back Up

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Track List: Anuthatantrum (Explicit)

1. Anuthatantrum

2. My Beliefs

3. Sittin' On Top Of The World

4. Let's All Get High

5. West Side Interlude

6. Just A Little Bit More

7. Keepin' It Live

8. Ghetto Love

9. Lyrical Molestation

10. Live It Up

11. Make It Happen

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Track List: Funkdafied (Explicit)

1. Da S**t Ya Can't Fuc Wit

2. Fa All Y'all

3. Fire It Up

4. Funkdafied

5. May Da Funk Be Wit 'cha

6. Ain't No Thang

7. Come And Get Some

8. Mind Blowin'

9. Give It 2 You

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Track List: #YAK (You Already Know) (Single)

1. #YAK (You Already Know) (Feat. Sage The Gemini & Eric Bellinger)

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Let's all get high. Best ever
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I still bump that brat to this day number 1 fan
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plumbdrum
walt thats my name on roblox nniccc
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Nnnn
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This is my s**t I have much love and respect 4 u
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This is my ish frfr!!!
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One of the best female rappers ouch!
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This is how I FEEL but my girl had the balls to put it down ...my nicca for life
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gpwireman
Now you can listen to Da Brat on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show!
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I love the brat foreve n ever on mi life her music is so bomb n she is soo savvy n sexi one of my favorite female rappers of all times she made hip hop rap she should have a star. Best rapper alive n always give you da real. Oh love you brat on dish network jst finish seein u on there.
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babygirlbk69 3 1
I MISS DA BRAT HOW USE TO BE,SHE NEED TO C*M OUT WIT A NEW ALBUM
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Omg I miss the 90's this was my jam
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Iggy WISHES she could be on da brat"s level but she can't.
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deehigh65
Been up close and personal with Da Brat. She is cool as hell. Brat sorry couldn't hang with you that night. I regret it.
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Iggy sit down and shut up. Take notes you'll learn something from a REAL female rapper.
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Back in the days when female rappers didn't dress like a $2.00 ho just to get signed. Da Brat left eye Lisa queen largish mc lyte missy Elliott YoYo Lady of rage Nikki D Mia X.
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Hardest female rapper in the business. MC Lyte and lady of rage. Left eye Lisa missy Elliott queen largish Nikki d. Iggy take notes you'll learn something.

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neejiah
One of Brats best songs love Tyreese!
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neejiah
Love this joint!
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I'm in love with DA BRAT she is the best
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Love her style!!!2015 ! !
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cobrafive46
I love Said brat seen her in a new song and she killed it!!! Said brat is better than ever. Keep em coming will buy your music. Let's get it.
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Da brat is my sister
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It started wit Da Bratt tat tat ! She my crazy b**ch ! Love you !
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Da Brat want to suck that p**sy
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The Best Female Rapper....Pe r i o d ��
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I love the Da Brat !!!
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SMH reminds me of my early teens in Sacramento, CA
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best female rappers of all time hands dwn,,, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Eve & Da Brat. Hands dwn!!!!!!!!! ! !
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g.cylin
soooo funkdafied.
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jeneanborder s 3 8
I'm. Sorry but were is she now
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4Ever;(')the S h i $
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Take a trip back to the 90s. Where music was still music. Thanks wayne
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Da brat
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I love da brat she need to come with some new s**t she taught me how to rap her n e40
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As long as u can hang, imma b around...... . . . M e m e
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Luv da song.
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U da brat luv this song
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Baptized in da FUNK!!!
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MY IDOL!!! hands down the best female MC to ever do it. My favorite album has to be anuthatantru m I think she lost fans when she became feminine..we accepted her for who she is and I feel she let them talk her into that BS..but I am one die hard fan waiting for her to come back and take these pop rapping females out the game...need to be lyrically intrigued and this music lately aint doing it for me
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rozmo2007
think she could bring it today and kill the women in the rap game....ok, she goin have to jack the title from Nicki hehe.... Come on Brat!!!! Please show these b**ches how you do!!!!
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Da Brat tat tat tat is the ONLY female rapper I can stand...
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This was the sh....
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I heart when Tyrese breaks it down!
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this was my jam
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the best female mc...
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love this girl
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Da Brat is my baby mama!!!!
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llee61
sittin on top of the world. makes want to pull out my old cds!
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The badest female rapper in the U.S. You dont even want me to get started on the sexyness of her. I would like to see her in some tight clothes to show off that body doe.
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