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  1. Da Brat was one of the first of a new breed of hard-edged female MCs to hit the hip-hop scene during the mid-'90s. Although sexuality was certainly part of her image, it wasn't as important to her as it was to, say, Lil' Kim or Foxy Brown. Instead, Da Brat made a name for herself 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. She started rapping at age 11. In 1992, when she was still a teenager,......  Read Full Bio »

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  1. Da Brat was one of the first of a new breed of hard-edged female MCs to hit the hip-hop scene during the mid-'90s. Although sexuality was certainly part of her image, it wasn't as important to her as it was to, say, Lil' Kim or Foxy Brown. Instead, Da Brat made a name for herself 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. She started rapping at age 11. In 1992, when she was still a teenager, she was discovered by producer Jermaine Dupri, who signed her to his label, So So Def, and produced her 1994 debut album, Funkdafied. The title track was an enormous hit, going to #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and spending nearly three months on top of the Hot Rap Singles chart.

    The success of "Funkdafied" -- as well as that of follow-up singles "Fa All Y'All" and "Give It 2 You" -- helped Da Brat become the first female rapper to ever have a platinum-selling album. Plus, Funkdafied hit #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Not surprisingly, 2000's Unrestricted also went platinum and reached the top of the R&B/hip-hop chart.

    In addition to all this, Da Brat has been on VH1's The Surreal Life and Celebrity Fit Club and has appeared in movies such as Glitter and Carmen: A Hip Hopera.

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