|Birthday:||Apr 14, 1974|
|Age:||48 years old|
|Height:||5.3 feet (163cm)|
|Birthplace:||United States of America|
|Occupation:||Singer, Rapper, Actress, TV-personality|
|Last Updated:||February, 2023|
Da Brat (real name Shawntae Harris) is an American rapper and actress from Chicago (don’t confuse her with Asian Da Brat). She raised to prominence in 90s after release of the album Funkdafied. Her net worth is estimated at 100,000 dollars. Continue reading if you want to know more about Da Brat career and wealth.
How Did Da Brat Become Rich?
Shawntae Harris was born on April 14, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois to David Ray McCoy, a businessman and Beverly Calloway, a bus driver. Her parents never married and the future rapper star was growing up in a two neighborhoods simultaneously: at a time she lived with her mother and grandmother and attended an Apostolic church four times per week on average.
Later, Da Brat played basketball and run track in Kenwood Academy and finished Academy of Scholastic Achievement in 1992.
In 1992 Shawntae won her first big prize in a local rap contest which was sponsored by Yo! MTV Raps. At the same time she met a rap duo Kriss Kross who helped her to reach to Jermaine Dupri, a producer which signed her up for the So So Def label.
Jermaine Dupri became her producer and cultivated her image as a “female Snoop Doggy Dogg“, since Da Brat was the first female rapper describe as a “reality-based rapper“. With his help Da Brat released the first album called Funkdafied in 1994. The album peaked #2 in R&B chart and went platinum, selling over 1 million copies. The single Funkdafied reached number one on the rap singles and hold the position for almost 3 months. It also peaked at #6 spot in the Billboard Hot 100. In 1995 the album won Best Rap Album Award.
It is no surprise, that after such stunning success Da Brat wanted to continue her rap career, increase her status as a rap star and make good money. In 1996 she tried to repeat her first success with a release of the second album Anuthatantrum. It peaked at #26 spot in the Billboard Hot 100 and songs Sittin’ on Top of the World and Ghetto Love reached Top Five in R&B. That same year the rapper debuted in a movie called Kazaam co-starring with Shaquille O’Neal.
In late 90s Da Brat continued to produce music and starring in various TV-shows, like The Parent ‘Hood, It’s Showtime at the Apollo, Soul Train.
In 2000 Da Brat released her third album called Unrestricted. The album wasn’t as successful as her previous works, but still managed to get over 1 million copies in sales. Shawntae Harris also tried to get away from image of a “gangsta” rapper and, instead, tried to add sex appeal following trends in music at a time.
The fourth and the last studio album she released in 2003. It is called Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz which peaked at 6 spot in the R&B chart and #17 in the Billboard Hot 200.
Her next years were doomed by criminal and drugs. As early as 2001 Da Brat already get herself into a legal trouble after she had battered a woman with a gun. The rapper later pleaded guilty, was fined $1000, 80 hours of community service and 1 year probation.
In October 2007 Da Brat got into s serious trouble. Whilst visiting the Studio 72 nightclub in Atlanta, she got into a heated argument with a hostess. When the latter turned around to ask her manager, Da Brat struck her face with a rum bottle from behind.
In a courtroom the rapper pleaded guilty to assault charges and was sentenced to 3 year imprisonment as well as 200 hours of community work and put on a 7 years probation.
She was released on May 7, 2010, after spending 21 months in prison. Her official imprisonment ended on February 28, 2011. Three years later her victim was awarded with $6.4 million.
But that’s not all problems that Da Brat had in 2010s. In August 2018, she filed for a bankruptcy. She listed $108,700 in assets and $7.8 million in liabilities whilst her income was only $92,000 and it went down to $75,000 in 2018. In a meantime, her victim filed a lawsuit that stated that not a penny she has received from Da Brat and the total debt had grown up to 8 million USD.
Currently Da Brat had finished her rapper career and more focused on TV-series and shows. She continues to host show Dish Nation, first aired in 2015, and often appears in various reality TV-series playing herself (prime examples are Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta and The Rap Game). Recently she joined the new show called Brat Loves Judy.
What Is Da Brat Net Worth?
After filing for a bankruptcy in 2018, Da Brat net worth is estimated at $100,000. At the same time it doesn’t counts her salary (over $100,000 per year) and movable and immovable assets.
In the 2018 report, she has stated to own:
- 1999 Mercedes 238i worth $5,000
- 2014 BMW 328i worth $15,000
- Jeep Wrangler worth $23,000
Currently, Da Brat net worth starts to grow once again. She has over 3 million subscribers on Instagram, allowing her to do brand endorsements. Music royalties also bring her some money.
How Da Brat Spends Her Money?
Da Brat had to spent a lot of money on lawyers after she attacked a hostess in that Atlanta nightclub. time in a prison had also changed her views and now she isn’t spending much money.
- Da Brat came out as a lesbian in 2020 after she announced Jesseca Dupart as her partner. They married at a private wedding ceremony on February 22, 2022. Her wife is a founder of Kaleidoscope Hair Products and she serves as a CEO there.
- LisaRaye McCoy is her paternal half-sister.
- She is of African-American ethnicity.
- Allen Iverson is her ex-boyfriend.
- Da Brat had her first child in 2022 and named the daughter Legacy Shawntae Dupart.