Rapper Trina Digital Biography
A native of Miami who was born with the name Katrina Le'verne Taylor on December 3, 1978, Trina originally underwent a profession as a real estate agent before she was spotted by Trick Daddy, a local Dirty South rapper. Interested in her raw talent, the gifted artist then included her in the making of his single, "Nann Nigga," which surprisingly became a regional hit, even managed to enter the top 3 of Billboard Hot Rap Singles in 1999. Subsequently signed under Slip-N-Slide Records following this initial success, she quickly set out to develop her own singing career, smoothly releasing her debut album "Da Baddest Bitch" on March 7, 2000.
To Trina's delight, this first effort resulted very well as it wonderfully sold for around 700, 000 copies in U.S. to be certified Gold status by RIAA while made its way to reach the 33rd rank on The Billboard 200. By the time her two tracks, "Pull Over" and "Da Baddest Bitch," turned out to be national smash hits, she had already been considered as the part of women rappers' new wave consisted of the notorious Lil' Kim, Da Brat and Foxy Brown. Getting more popular through the remixes of Missy Elliott's "One Minute Man" and Ludacris' "What's Your Fantasy" which she was featured in, this striking artist thus spent the rest of the year to hold a tour around the country.
Still maintained her rebellious nature of making controversial compositions which contained sexual and profane lyrics, Trina afterwards came up with her second work entitled "Diamond Princess" on August 27, 2002. Although the sale of this sophomore effort could not surpass the amount scored by its predecessor, the album's result was quite amazing as it soared to number 14 of The Billboard 200. Some of
its tunes, like "No Panties" and "B R Right" also received major airplays on some radio stations, unquestionably enhancing her status and superiority among other female rappers in American music scene.
Once again involved in the remixes of other artists' works, including Chingy's "Right Thurr", Webbie's "Bad Bitch", and Ebony Eyez's "In Ya Face", it was not until October 2005 that Trina brought out her next album, "Glamorest Life." Marvelously debuted at number 11 on The Billboard 200, it made satisfying result when sold for 77,000 copies one week after being released, then grew increasingly to score more than 210,000 copies sale by late 2005. In the meantime, its hit song, "Here We Go" featuring Kelly Rowland, strived to the top 20 of three Billboard Music Charts while also took the 17th position of Billboard Hot 100, showing that she has maintained her career really well despite her 3-years hiatus. She earned nomination as Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Female Artist at 2005 American Music Awards before parting with Atlantic Records to sign a new deal with EMI Music Group.
She is back to the "Baddest" theme for her fourth studio album that is tentatively titled 'Still the Baddest'. The album will be released on February 12, 2008 with first single called 'Single Again'.
In the fall of 2005 Trina launched her own fragrance line of perfume called “Diamond Princess by Trina”.
On October of 2005 Trina released her highly anticipated third album Glamorest Life. The album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart selling 77,000 copies in its first week making it her highest entry on the chart to date.
On April 1, 2008 Trina released Still da Baddest after it was pushed back, having a planned release date of February 12. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Rap and R&B charts, and at #6 on The Billboard 200.
On March 14 Trina released her new video for “Million Dollar Girl” featuring Keri Hilson and Diddy and she also has released a video for her song “That’s My Attitude”.
On March 29, 2010 Trina appeared on The Mo’Nique Show to address the recently leaked nude photos and her forthcoming album Amazin’.
On May 4, 2010 Trina released her 5th studio album Amazin’ Trina is the first female MC to release a 5th studio album, Amazin’ debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200, #4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #2 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums & #1 on the Billboard Independent Albums, the album sold over 83,938 copies sold in the first two weeks. The Album earned mixed and positive reviews from music critics.
On June 7, 2010 Trina performed at the 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South, she performed her classic hit single That’s Cool with Silk The Shocker & also performed “Million Dollar Girl” for the Miami segment of the show.
(sources: aceshowbiz.com, westlord.com)
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