…DaBrat bringing old school back to our girls across the country
A few months ago, Saving Our Daughters Take The Oath initiative was approached by Programs Director Dee Reed, of 95.7 Jamz to collaborate with the organization to help combat the issues of bullying for over 30 schools in Birmingham Alabama. Of course the administration graciously took on the collaboration which launched on October 18th; and also the month is recognized as Bullying Awareness Month. During the drive artists’ such as Diggy, Keke Palmer and actresses & Saving Our Daughters’ celebrity promotions, Miss Mercedes & Ajiona Alexus from the TV One’s Rickey Smiley Show have joined 95.7 Jamz efforts for selected schools of Alabama; and now the collaboration will have the opportunity to involve one of the industry’s’ leading women of Hip-Hop, DaBrat, to be one of the initiative advocates to help put an end to bullying with her voice.
On Tuesday October 30th, DaBrat took time to interview on 95.7 Jamz to discuss her joining the cause with Saving Our Daughters & the stations efforts launch in Birmingham Alabama. DaBrat will also be collaborating with her music peers such as T.I., Nas & Nelly with Saving Our Daughters. We welcome DaBrat on becoming one of Take The Oath Bullying Leaders and to help our your teen girls who are battling this issue- which has effected millions of them in their schools and communities everywhere.
A BRIEF LOOK BACK AT DABRAT
Shawntae Harris (born April 14, 1974), better known by her stage name Da Brat is an American rapper and actress. Her debut album, Funkdafied, sold one million copies making her the first female rapper to have a platinum-selling album. Harris was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents never married and Harris was subsequently raised in two different households. She lived part of the time with her mother and grandmother, and had attended a strict Pentecostal church four times a week, where she played drums and sang in the choir. She also lived with her father and his mother, where she had less restrictions. Harris attended Kenwood Academy High School from 88-89, where she ran track and played basketball, and she graduated from Marshall High School in 1992. Regarding her soon-to-be rap name, Harris told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she got the name because she is “a spoiled only child.” Harris is the half-sister of actress LisaRaye McCoy. In 1992, Harris got a big break when she won the grand prize in a local rap contest sponsored by Yo! MTV Raps. For the prize, she got to meet Kris Kross, and they in turn introduced her to their producer, Jermaine Dupri. Dupri was impressed with how Harris rapped with confidence and he signed her to his So So Def label. Dupri cultivated Da Brat’s image as a “female Snoop Doggy Dogg”, and she became one of the first female “reality-based” rappers.
Da Brat’s debut album Funkdafied was released in 1994 and entered the rap albums chart at Number #1. The album went platinum, which made her the first female solo rapper sell one million units. The single also entitled “Funkdafied” reached #1 on the rap singles chart and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. She had a follow-up hit from the same album, “Give It 2 You”, which reached #26 on the Hot 100. During the rest of the decade, she remained more low-key and came to be known more for her “featured” appearances on other rappers’ and R&B singers’ albums than for her own solo work. In the summer of 1996, she contributed a rhyme to the hip hop remix of Mariah Carey’s hit, “Always Be My Baby”. She also made her feature film debut that year in Kazaam with Shaquille O’Neal. During the summer of 1997, Da Brat appeared along with Dupri on a remix of Carey’s “Honey (So So Def mix)” and recorded the hit song Ladies Night with Lil’ Kim, Left-Eye, Angie Martinez and Missy Elliott. She also did a track called “Ghetto Love” featuring T-Boz of TLC. The song and video was well received and was in heavy rotation for a short period of time. Da Brat was also featured with Kris Kross on their track “Da Bomb” on the album “Da Bomb”, as well as on their third album Young, Rich and Dangerous.
In 1997, she was featured on “Sock It 2 Me”, a track on Missy Elliott’s debut album, which became a popular single in early 1998. In 1999, Da Brat appeared, alongside Krayzie Bone, on the remix to Mariah Carey’s cover of Brenda K. Starr’s “I Still Believe”. She also appeared as a guest artist with Missy Elliott on Carey’s remix of “Heartbreaker”, and on the remix of Brandy’s “U Don’t Know Me (Like U Used To)” with Shaunta. In 1999, she was also featured on a remix of the Destiny’s Child single Jumpin’, Jumpin’. 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) and “What 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 sex her image up; the video for “What Chu Like” featured Da Brat and Tyrese rolling around naked on a beach. In 2001, Brat continued her trend of being featured on other artist’s remixes, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart along with rapper Ludacris on the main remix of Mariah Carey’s “Loverboy” and being featured artist on Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” remix. Da Brat also appeared as Louise in Carey’s 2001 movie Glitter. In 2003, Brat released her fourth album, titled Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz, and appeared on the 4th season of VH1′s The Surreal Life. In 2005, she made a comeback of sorts when she was featured on the remix to the song “I Think They Like Me,” by Dem Franchize Boyz, which also featured Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri. The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2006, she was an onstage guest on Mariah Carey’s The Adventures of Mimi Tour in Atlanta, New York City, Long Island, Washington DC, Chicago,and Los Angeles performing her rap verses on the “Heartbreaker” and “Honey” remixes. She was also featured on Kelly Rowland’s “Gotsta Go”- a bonus track from her 2007 album Ms. Kelly and is also featured on a bonus track from Mariah Carey’s E=MC? on a track entitled “4real4real”. She also co-wrote a song with Mariah Carey called “O.O.C.” which appears on E=MC? and contributes backing vocals on the track.
In 2007, Brat participated in the fifth season of the VH1 reality series Celebrity Fit Club.