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5. Da Brat

Da Brat (Shauntae Harris)

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5. Da Brat

Da Brat © So So Def

Da Brat was discovered by Jermaine Dupri in 1992. At the time, there were only a handful of female rappers doing work. Still, the Chicago native proved unstoppable. Da Bra-ta-ta sidestepped the sexually charged image of the Foxy Browns and the Lil Kims, relying instead on her double-time flow and dashing delivery. The approach was good enough to make her debut, 1994's Funkdafied, the first platinum-selling album by a female solo rapper.

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