|Artist Birtday :||14/04/1974 (Age 47)|
|Born In :||Joliet, Illinois, United States|
|Occupation(s) :||Rapper, Actress|
|Genres :||Hip Hop|
Shawntae Harris (born April 14, 1974), better known by her stage name Da Brat, is an American rapper. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she began her career in 1992, the year she signed with So So Def Records. Her debut album Funkdafied (1994) sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to receive a platinum certification, and the second overall female rap act (solo or group) after Salt-N-Pepa. Brat has received two Grammy Award nominations. She has achieved two-top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, “Funkdafied” and “Not Tonight Ladies Night Remix”, the latter with Lil’ Kim, Lisa Lopes, Missy Elliott and Angie Martinez. Brat has also had commercial success with other songs including “I Think They Like Me”, ” and a remix of Mariah Carey’s “Loverboy”.
Early life and education
Da Brat was born on April 14, 1974, in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised primarily in the West Side district of the city. Her father is David Ray McCoy, a businessman, and mother, Beverly Calloway, a city bus driver. Her parents never married. Brat was subsequently raised in two different households. Da Brat lived part of the time with her mother and grandmother and attended an Apostolic church four times a week, where she sang in the choir. Da Brat attended Kenwood Academy during her sophomore and junior year, where she ran track and played basketball. She graduated from the Academy of Scholastic Achievement, a continuation charter school that caters to at-risk students in 1992.