How much is Da Brat worth?
|Net Worth:||$100 Thousand
|Date of Birth:||April 14, 1974 (age 48)|
|Country:||United States of America|
|Height:||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
About Da Brat
Da Brat is the professional name of Shawntae Harris. She is an American actress, rapper, and radio personality who began her career in 1992. Since the beginning of her career, Da Brat has received two Grammy nominations and won several other awards including three Billboard Awards and one Soul Train Lady of Soul Award. Among some of her most eminent songs are “Loverboy”, “Funkdafied”, “I Think They Like Me”, and “Got it Poppin”.
For the past 20 years, Shawntae has released four very successful studio albums. Right from the start of her music career, her debut album Funkdafied sold more than one million copies in just a few months time, receiving a platinum certification by the RIAA. In addition to helping her received national fame, the album also made her the first female rapper to receive such certification and the second overall (as a solo or group) after the popular group Salt-N-Pepa.
The rapper became famous thanks to her debut album and other projects that she released in the mid and late 1990s. She was born on April 14, 1974, on the west side of Chicago, in Joliet, Illinois. Primarily because her parents were never married, she was born in two different households.
She spent part of her time with her mother and grandmother where she joined an Apostolic church and attended it four times a week.
In the late 1980s, Shawntae attended the Kenwood Academy where she played basketball and ran track. The aspiring rapper’s breakthrough came in the early years of the next decade when she was still a teenager. At that time, she won a grand prize in an amateur local rap contest sponsored by the music video program Yo! MTV Raps.
As a prize, she was able to meet the rap duo Kris Kross who eventually introduced her to Jermaine Dupri. Dupri, impressed by her talent and passion for music signed her to his label So So Def. After graduating from the Academy of Scholastic Achievement that same year, she focused on her music career and began work on her debut album.
Signing a deal with Jermaine Dupri’s label not only boosted the popularity of the young rapper but also helped her earn a lot of money. Her producer cultivated her image as the “female Snoop Dogg” and she became a leading female name in the “reality-based” rappers.
In June 1994, Da Brat released her debut studio album named Fundafied. The album was met with positive reviews from media and critics and entered two weekly US Billboard charts, including the “Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums” where it debuted and peaked at number one. Two months prior to the album, the rapper released her first song.
The eponymous lead single became a national hit and overall is considered one of the top songs of the year.
The release of her debut album turned Da Brat into a successful artist. The project was so successful that it sold more than 1 million copies, making it platinum. In the process, the profane rhymer also became the first female rapper to achieve this accolade. Also that year, she made her television debut when she appeared as a musical guest in the first season of the sketch comedy series All That. Following the success of her debut album, Da Brat spent the next year working on her sophomore project, thanks to which she would continue to find prosperity.
What makes this talented rapper so successful is not just her own projects but also her collaborations with other names in the music industry. In 1996, she released her sophomore studio album titled Anuthatantrum, which wasn’t as commercially successful as her first, however, it did relatively well on the music charts. Towards the end of the century, Da Brat collaborated with the likes of Kris Kross, Mariah Carey, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, and Destiny’s Child for many hit singles.
At the beginning of the new millennium, Da Brat released her third album Unrestricted. Despite not receiving a lot of recognition for that project, at that time, the talented rap artist earned herself a lot of awards such as several Billboard and one BET Award. Because of her rap performance as both a solo and duo artist, she even earned two Grammy nominations.
Before she went on a short hiatus, surprisingly, Da Brat abandoned her “gangsta” persona and followed the trend in popular music by focusing on her sex appeal.
In July 2003, she released her fourth studio album called Limelite, Luv, and Niteclubz. A few months later, the rapper went on a short two year hiatus. In what was her first appearance on a music project since that period of time, she appeared on a remix of Dem Franchise Boys’ song “I Think They Like Me”. Throughout the rest of the late 2000 and early 2010s, Da Brat continued to mainly appear on other artists’ singles and focused more on her work as an actress and radio personality.
Simultaneously with finding a ton of success in the music industry, the hip-hop sensation also starred in many television series, films, and reality programs. In what was her feature film debut, she starred in the 1996 fantasy comedy Kazaam, which also includes Shaquille O’Neal.
Some of her most memorable roles are in the likes of The Parent Hood, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Empire.
As of the mid-2010s, she has been the host of the syndicated entertainment television program Dish Nation. In addition to that, she’s had a supporting cast role in the television show Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta and is also a co-host on the radio show Rickey Smiley Morning.
Despite the multiple setbacks in her career, Da Brat is a very successful name in the music industry and to this day is highly praised for her originality and uniqueness. Thanks to her lyrical skills, funkdafied looks, and hardcore attitude she quickly became a sensation in the United States.
Her debut album and song to this day remain some of the best music projects. As of now, she’s not only an influential figure in the LGBTQ community but also a very distinguished radio and television personality. She released The Return, in 2018.