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Monday, November 30, 2015

FUNKDAFIED

What Happened to DaBrat?
Correspondent: TBTNews

It's been a long road for Da Brat over the last several years, with her jail sentence and lawsuits following a bar fight in 2007. The rapper was involved in a fight at an Atlanta nightclub, where she violently bottled former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Shayla Stevens. Da Brat, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, plead guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to three years in prison. Not only that, but the lawsuit cost the rapper a pretty penny. Da Brat owes $6.4 million in damages to the woman she fought.


Da Brat's debut album, Funkdafied (1994), sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to have a platinum-selling album, and the second overall female rap act (solo or group) after Salt N Pepa. In 1992, Harris's big break occurred when she won the grand prize in a local rap contest sponsored by Yo! MTV Raps. For the prize, she met the young rap duo Kris Kross. They introduced her to their producer, Jermaine Dupri, who signed her to his So So Def label.
Harris told reporters that her stage name was inspired because she is "a spoiled only child." In 1996, Da Brat released her second full-length album, Anuthatantrum, which included the single Ghetto Love featuring T-Boz of TLC. During the rest of the '90s, Da Brat came to be known more for her "featured" appearances on other rappers' and R&B singers' albums rather than for her own solo work.


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) andWhat 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 add to her sex appeal. 

Following her release from prison, she launched a web series about life after the experience titled Brat Chronicles: In Transition on YouTube. She released her new single Is It Chu? on iTunes and other digital services on July 2, 2013. On October 4, 2012, Nicki Minaj attacked Da Brat via her Twitter account after false reports of Brat defending Mariah Carey and threatening to beat Minaj with a bottle were released. Minaj denounced Brat as a "sir" and tweeted: "The struggle for u to even AFFORD that bottle is why the barbz r now cackling DOWNNNt." Da Brat responded to Minaj by tweeting: "Nicki nor Mariah has ever disrespected me so I would not disrespect either of them."

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