Shawntae Harris, better known by her stage name “Da Brat”, is an American rapper and actress. Harris attended Kenwood Academy during the 1990-1991 school years, where she ran track and played basketball.
Harris’ stage name was inspired because she is “a spoiled only child.” Da Brat’s debut album Funkdafied was released in 1994 and entered the rap albums chart at #1. The album went platinum, making her the “first” female solo rapper to sell one million units. The eponymous single reached #1 on the rap singles chart and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her follow-up hit from the same album, “Give It 2 You,” reached #26 on the Hot 100.
In 2015, she made her radio debut and joined the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show, as the new co-host. In 2016 she became a permanent fixture on the FOX TV show “Dish Nation” and a regular cast member on the TV1 reality show –“Rickey Smiley For Real.” In the season’s finale episode (Dec 2, 2015), she made a television guest appearance on the highly successful Fox network hit show EMPIRE. This same date, she released her latest single #YAK (You Already Know); which is currently available on iTunes.
Da Brat also lends her time to charitable organizations such as Kamileon’s Kloset, Hosea Feed The Hungry and Saving Our Daughters. Da Brat continues to work on her music career by writing and producing music, as well as searching for and developing new artists. You can catch her on any given weekend making a special guest appearance or performing live in concert. As she expands her career to include television and film, she is also taking acting lessons to further enhance and maintain her star power in the entertainment industry.