A prominent name in the music world, Da Brat is not only famous for her music but also for the notorious acts that have sent her to jail many times. Da Brat became the first woman to receive a platinum certification in the rap genre. Even though she has some notorious actions, her fame is untold. She is the only woman to take a break in the mid-1990s rap genre. Truly an inspiration, let’s take a look at her net worth, career, early life, and personal life in detail.
Da Brat’s Net Worth
Rapper Da Brat is a prominent name in the music industry and television industry too. She has given us multiple hits which have been chart-toppers too. She has a net worth of $1 million as of 2022. This contribution mainly comes from her music albums and her appearances in various television series. She became famous in the hip hop and rap genres in the mid-1990s. So let’s take a look at her extensive career.
Da Brat’s Career
Da Brat stepped into fame by winning the grand prize in a contest sponsored by Yo! MTV Raps. All the doors into the music industry opened up for Da Brat. She signed with Kris Koss’ producer Jermaine Dupri. Now under the So So Def label, she released her first album Funkdafied. And her debut album made it to the top 11. This album was her best work as it made her the first female solo rapper to sell one million copies. “Funkdafied” was in the sixth position on Billboard’s Hot 100 for a long time.
Riding high on her success she went on to be featured in various music videos and collaborated with a lot of singers and rappers. She released her second album Anuthatantrum in 1996. She has worked with Kriss Kross, Maria Carey, Dru Hill, Missy Elliott, Destiny’s Child, and many others. Da Brat also contributed a rhyme to Maria Carey’s hit song “Always Be My Baby”. Then, with her partner Dupri, she featured in the remix of the Dru Hill hit “In My Bed”. She was also featured in Missy Elliott’s debut album Supa Dupa Fly.
After gaining so much experience working with some of the best artists in the industry she again returned to releasing solo albums. However, her third album, Unrestricted, could not make much noise among the audience. It wasn’t that popular and well received. Notable songs from this album are “That’s What I’m Looking For” and “What’chu Like”. In 2003, she released her fourth album Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz. This time she hit the right spots. Her single “In Love with the Chu” reached number 9 on the Billboards.
She continued to feature in music videos of other artists and was paired with many in their songs. The song “I Think They Like Me,” by Dem Franchize Boyz, which featured Da Brat, Bow Wow, and Jermaine Dupri, reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart. This was sort of a comeback for Da Brat after her two albums couldn’t reach that much popularity.
You can catch Da Brat in some reality shows too. She took part in VH1’s The Surreal Life, The Rap Game, and Growing up Hip Hop: Atlanta.
Da Brat’s Early Life
Shawntae Harris-Dupart was born on April 14, 1974, in Chicago, Illinois. Couldn’t recognize her? Well, she is better known as Da Brat. This famous rapper had a very simple upbringing. Her father, David Ray McCoy, and mother Beverly Calloway never married. As a result, she grew up in two different households. Both her parents had different day jobs- her father being a businessman and her mother a city bus driver. Da Brat spent her time with her mother and grandmother and the other half with her father. She also has a half-sister on her father’s side, Lisa Raye McCoy. Da Brat had a very troubled childhood and completed her sophomore and junior years at Kenwood Academy. Apart from her passion for singing, Da Brat also played basketball and was part of the track team.
However, troubles began after her junior year and she was also arrested. Finally, she graduated from the Academy of Scholastic Achievement for troubled children in 1992.
Da Brat’s Personal Life
Da Brat is a well-known name in the music industry. But she had a troublesome life. In 2001, she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sent to prison. This wasn’t her last time as she visited the jail again in 2007. This time she attacked the hostess of a party she was attending with a rum bottle following an altercation. This time she was sentenced to prison for three years and had to do 200 hours of community service. She was released from prison in 2014 after her sentence was completed. It seems that she suffers from serious anger management issues.
However, let’s come to her love life now.
Da Brat dated Allen Iverson for some time but they didn’t last for long. Soon she announced that she was a lesbian and it took her 25 years to come out. Finally, in 2020, Da Brat revealed her relationship with Jesseca Dupart. The queen of the hair industry and the rap singer hit it off quite well. Their blooming love was evident and it led to them announcing their first child together. Then in 2022, finally the love birds got married in a private ceremony.
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