Beginning her music career in 1992, was tough, yet American rapper Da Brat cruised through to be one of the best rappers to have existed. On account of So So Def Records who helped Shawntae Harris (Da Brat) to engage the world during the 90s, she was exceptional.
The hip hop artist has won huge loads of awards plus several nominations as a female rapper, at the Grammy Awards, Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, BET Awards, Billboard Awards and numerous others.
Brat exceptionally did very well by topping music charts and getting several awards. Some of her most successful songs/features include, “I Think They Like Me”, “Funkdafied” and “Loverboy”. Brat teamed up with a few other melodic stars including Mariah Carey, Bow Wow and Missy Elliott and others to come out with hit tunes.
Her debut album Funkdafied (1994) sold 1,000,000 copies, making her the first female solo rap act to get a platinum confirmation, and the second overall female rap act (solo or group) after Salt-N-Pepa.
During that time, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, and the late artist Aaliyah were prevailing as the Black women in hip hop. She was known to be a wearer of larger than usual garments during her rap sessions or performance. Interestingly, she was associated with manliness, by a portion of her fans, and was alluded to as a stemme, a term in the LGBTQIA people group that alludes to a lady who dates ladies and shows ascribes that are female and manly.
The truth of the matter is, while she figured out how to play seven distinctive metal instruments at school, in chapel she played piano and drums and coordinated the ensemble. All that musicality from chapel plays into who she is as a performer today. The strict dress code and customary thoughts regarding sex jobs — Brat needed to wear long skirts — additionally had a solid impact.
The reality of the fact is that, Brat in an interview in March 2020, uncovered to the world she was genuinely a lesbian. Furthermore, clarified why it took her 25 years to do as such. She affirmed that she was involved with hair product magnate Jesseca Dupart. Nonetheless, before this disclosure, Brat had spoken about her relationship with NBA star Iverson. She went on an outing to Japan with the 11-time NBA All-Star and having a hit or miss, relationship.
While dating the NBA star, she said she did everything possible to make the relationship work. She cooked for him and pressed his clothes but… She was like:
‘This is it!’ But then I think you know, basketball players? (expletive),” . He had a baby mama, some kids. He had a lot of stuff going on.”
The relationship went on for some time, but hit the rocks when a “half-naked” woman showed up at the hotel searching for Iverson while they were together. And that was where it all started. The 46 year old rapper was on course with her music profession but tragically, she was hit by countless scandals at the peak of her dynamic days. She confronted legal troubles and was put behind bars in 2008.
In 2001, Da Brat pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct after she had battered a woman with a rum bottle during a dispute over VIP seating in an Atlanta nightclub in 2000. The victim in that incident received six stitches for a head wound. Da Brat ended up serving a year’s probation, performed 80 hours of community service, and paid a $1,000 fine.
On October 31, 2007, Da Brat was engaged with a quarrel that ended in attack at a Halloween party held at Studio 72 club in Atlanta. Da Brat at first contended with a waitress, and when the leader left to converse with her director, Da Brat assaulted her from behind, striking her in the face with a rum container. The waitress was rushed to a region emergency clinic, and police arrested and imprisoned Da Brat.
In court, Da Brat confessed to bothered attack charges. She was condemned to three years in jail, seven years of probation, 200 hours of community service. In May 2010, she was incidentally released from jail as a component of a work-release program, in the wake of serving 21 months. On February 28, 2011, artist Jermaine Dupri announced that Da Brat was formally released from jail, ending her sentence.
Her civil trial stemming from the 2007 altercation commenced on February 24, 2014. On February 28, 2014, a civil trial jury awarded ex-NFL cheerleader Shayla Stevens, the assault victim, $6.4 million to cover her injuries and past/future loss of earnings.
Notwithstanding every one of these embarrassments, challenges and so forth, Da Brat has been remarkable since 1992 to the present.