Shawntae Harris, better known by her stage name “Da Brat”, is an accomplished American rap artist, songwriter, actress, television and radio personality, executive producer and reality star. Harris attended Kenwood Academy and The Academy Of Scholastic Achieve where she played seven different instruments in band. Harris’ stage name was inspired because she was an only child and often referred to as a “brat.” 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 TVOne 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. She appears on Lifetime’s “The Rap Game” at the end of every episode for a recap called “Da Brat Game.” She is also an executive producer and cast member on WeTv’s “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta.”
In 2018, she made her theater debut as Cleo in the “Set It Off” Live on stage and announced she was thrilled to reprise her role as Cleo for a fall tour.
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.