Rapper Shawntae Harris-Dupart, better known by her stage name Da Brat, was born in the United States on April 14, 1974. She started her career in 1992, the year she signed with So So Def Records, having been born and reared in Chicago, Illinois.
She became the second female rap act overall (solo or group) after Salt-N-Pepa when her debut album Funkdafied (1994) sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to obtain a platinum certification.
She has achieved two top ten Billboard Hot 100 successes throughout her career: “Funkdafied” and “Not Tonight,” the latter of which she collaborated on alongside Lil’ Kim, Lisa Lopes, Missy Elliott, and Angie Martinez. Other tracks by Brat, such as “I Think They Like Me,” a remix of “Loverboy” by Mariah Carey, and “In Love wit Chu,” have also achieved commercial success. Brat has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Childhood And Education
Da Brat was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 14, 1974, and spent the most of his upbringing there in the West Side neighborhood. Her mother Beverly Calloway is a city bus driver, while her father David Ray McCoy is a businessman. Her parents didn’t wed. Brat was then brought up in two distinct homes. Da Brat attended an Apostolic church four times a week, where she sang in the chorus, and spent some time living with her mother and grandma.
She is LisaRaye McCoy’s maternal half-sister. Da Brat ran track and played basketball while she was a sophomore and junior at Kenwood Academy. In 1992, she received her diploma from the Academy of Scholastic Achievement, a continuation charter school that serves children who are at risk.
What is Da Brat’s net worth?
An American rapper and actress named Da Brat has a $100k net worth. One of the first female MCs to emerge on the hip-hop scene in the 1990s is Da Brat. In 2004, after selling a million copies of her debut album, “Funkdafied,” she became the first female rapper to have a platinum-selling record.
Da Brat has recently struggled financially as a result of some unfortunate legal issues that occurred later in her career, including a 2018 bankruptcy petition in which she reported assets of only $100,000 and debts of just under $8 million.
Legal Issues And A Prison Term From 2008
Following a quarrel over VIP seats in an Atlanta nightclub in 2000, Da Brat assaulted a woman with a revolver before entering a guilty plea to misdemeanor reckless conduct in 2001. In that occasion, the victim’s head wound required six stitches.
Da Brat was ultimately sentenced to a year of probation, 80 hours of community service, and a $1,000 fine. At a Halloween party held at Studio 72 nightclub outside of Atlanta on October 31, 2007, Da Brat got into a fight that turned violent.
Initially arguing with a hostess, Da Brat then attacked the hostess from behind, hitting her in the face with a rum bottle as she went to speak to her boss. Police detained Da Brat and took him to jail as the waitress was taken urgently to a local hospital.
Da Brat admitted to the allegations of severe assault in court. She received a sentence of 200 hours of community service, seven years on probation, and three years in prison. She served 21 months in prison before being briefly let out as part of a work-release program in May 2010.
According to her boss Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat was freed from prison on February 28, 2011. On February 24, 2014, her civil trial relating to the 2007 altercation began. A civil trial jury awarded former NFL cheerleader Shayla Stevens, the assault victim, $6.4 million on February 28, 2014, to cover her injuries and past and future lost wages.
1992–1995: Early Achievement
Da Brat’s big break came in 1992 when she took home the first prize in a regional rap battle organized by Yo! MTV Raps. She encountered the upstart rap group Kris Kross while competing for the prize.
They introduced her to Jermaine Dupri, their producer, who hired her for his So So Def record company. Funkdafied, the debut album by Da Brat, peaked at number 11 on the rap albums list when it was released in 1994. She became the first female solo rapper to sell one million copies of an album after it went platinum.
On the rap singles list, “Funkdafied” peaked at number one, and it also debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. “Give It 2 You,” her follow-up single from the same album, peaked at number 26 on the Hot 100.