Da Brat

Musician, Actress
With her brash, in-your-face style and tart-tongued lyrics, Da Brat burst onto the rap scene in 1994 with her debut album, "Funkdafied. " The male-dominated industry was impacted immediately, as the charismatic and ... Read more »


Actor (28)

Celebrity Rap Superstar 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Celebrity Fit Club 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)


The Parent 'Hood 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)


The Surreal Life 2005 (Tv Show)


The Surreal Reunion: Season 4 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Civil Brand 2003 (Movie)

Sabrina (Actor)

Snoop to the Extreme 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Making the Video 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)


6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Glitter 2001 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Hip Hopera: Carmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


MTV20: Grab the Mic -- A Hip-Hop History 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Mariah Carey's Homecoming Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The 5th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Full Court Press 1997 (Movie)

Kamisha (Actor)

Rhyme & Reason 1997 (Movie)

Participating Artist (Actor)

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Kazaam 1996 (Movie)

Da Brat (Actor)

MTV's Spring Break '95 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music (5)

Precious 2009 (Movie)

("My Good Lovin") (Song Performer)

Civil Brand 2003 (Movie)

("All We Want") (Song)

Big Momma's House 2000 (Movie)

("Big Momma's Theme" "That's What I'm Looking For (Mr Dupri remix)") (Song Performer)

Big Momma's House 2000 (Movie)


Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

("Not Tonight (Remix) (contains 'Ladies Night')" (Lil' Kim)) (Song)


With her brash, in-your-face style and tart-tongued lyrics, Da Brat burst onto the rap scene in 1994 with her debut album, "Funkdafied. " The male-dominated industry was impacted immediately, as the charismatic and carefree girl from Chicago went on to become the first female solo rapper to go platinum. "Funkdafied" entered the Billboard Rap Album chart at No. 1, selling more than 62,000 copies in its first week alone. The title track from the album also went platinum, and stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap singles chart for a record-breaking eleven weeks. Though artists who achieve rapid success usually fall by the wayside when their next album drops, Da Brat stayed on top of the rap heap to become the best-selling female solo rapper to date.

Born in Chicago on April 14, 1974, Da Brat, a.k.a. Shawntae Harris, began her musical career at her local church. But Shawntae didn't sing in the choir: she played drums instead, an experience which she credits as the source of her rhythm. In 1992, Da Brat got her shot at fame by winning a local MC contest, hosted by Ed Lover of "Yo MTV Raps" fame. The grand prize was an opportunity to meet teen rappers Kris Kross, then basking in the glow of their hit debut album, "Totally Krossed Out." This led to meeting top producer Jermaine Dupri in Atlanta, the man responsible for discovering the rap duo. Impressed with Da Brat's talent, Dupri got her into the studio to record with Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac on the title cut to their second album, "Da Bomb." Then Brat got the chance to show off her own stuff, recording the smash hit "Funkdafied." Success didn't phase the young, business-savvy Brat, who rapped about her experiences in the recording industry on her sophomore effort, "Anuthatatrum" (1997). Two more albums followed, "Unrestrictred" (2000) and "Limelite, Luv & Nightclubz" (2003), both of which sold well.

But Da Brat was not to be satisfied with just a music career, and made the transition into movies, though not with the same impact as her explosion onto the music scene. She made her first appearance onscreen with a cameo as herself in "Kazaam" (1996), the unsuccessful kid's flick starring basketball superstar, Shaquille O'Neal. Brat's first supporting role was in "Full Court Press" (1997), a coming-of-age story about two teenaged basketball players, starring Hill Harper and Charles Scott. The film was screened at the First Look film series, the monthly screening program held at New York City's Tribeca Film Center, a facility founded in 1989 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. Unfortunately, the film never made it into theaters or video stores.

Not to be deterred, Brat upped her profile with a starring role in "Glitter" (2001), the quasi-biopic of best friend Mariah Carey. Though "Glitter" made it to theaters, the much-maligned star vehicle was universally panned critics, though most of the derision was aimed at Carey. Sadly, the results at the box office weren't any more encouraging. Da Brat got her next role as Sabrina in the prison drama "Civil Brand" (2003), directed by Emmy-award winning director and producer Neema Barnette. Civil Brand made the festival rounds, including the 2002 Urban World Film Festival and the American Spectrum (non-competing) program at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released by Lions Gate on August 29, 2003.

Like some rappers, however, Da Brat's life started to mimic her art: in March of 2000, she was involved in an altercation involving a female onlooker outside an Atlanta nightclub. The rapper pistol whipped the bystander after Brat's entourage insisted that the woman move away from the VIP line. In exchange for a guilty plea, Brat received a $1000 fine and eight hours of community service. A week after the incident, however, a pair of masked gunmen burst into Brat's apartment complex in the metro neighborhood of Buckhead, Atlanta, and fired several rounds into a limousine, injuring five. Though Brat was considered to be the target early on in the investigation, police later determined she was not. Perhaps fueled by publicity from the incidents, "Unrestricted" became her biggest hit to date, debuting on top of the R&B chart at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.


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LisaRaye McCoy Actor




Joined her sister LisaRaye as the two co-starred in the prison feature "Civil Brand"


Narrated the Robert Townsend televion musical "Carmen: A Hip Hopera", which marked Beyonce Knowles acting debut


Made acting debut in "Glitter", a feature that starred Mariah Carey


Released her third album "Unrestricted"


Released her second album "Anuthafunkdafiedtantrum"


Released her first album "Funkdafied"


Won a local rap contest sponsored by "Yo MTV Raps"; marked her big break

Was signed to the newly developed label So So Def under the direction of producer Jermaine Dupri; was introduced to him by the group Kriss Kross

Was the first solo female rapper ever to sell a million albums

Bonus Trivia


"I still have a lot to learn... I am the best and I will be the best at what I do, but I still have a lot to learn" - Da Brat


On what makes a guy sexy... "Personality... the way he carries himself, the way he walks, talks... I like tattoos, pretty teeth, braids... I like him to be a cutie" - Da Brat