Watch out world! Today we’re throwing it all the way back to 1994, the very first season of Nickelodeon’s “All That.” Young rapper Da Brat took the stage in the very second episodes of the series to perform her hit “Fa All Y’all,” bringing the studio audience to its feet!
Da Brat is the stage name for Shawntae Harris, an American rapper born in Chicago, Illinois. Her first album “Funkdafied,” released in 1994, sold a million copies and made her the first-ever solo female rap act to go platinum! Go, Da Brat, go!
Wondering where her stage name came from? A guess would probably get you there. According to Harris, she got her rap name because she was a “spoiled only child.” If all spoiled kids became rap sensations, the world would probably be a better place — or have more swag, at the very least.
Da Brat got her first shot at stardom after winning a local rap contest sponsored by “Yo! MTV Raps,” after which she met with the duo Kriss Kross and was signed to their producer Jermaine Dupri’s “So so Def” label. Marketed as a female Snoop Dawgy Dawg, Da Brat’s rap was infused with a funky, rhythm-and-blues vibe from her 70s influences.
After “Funkdafied,” Da Brat enjoyed moderate success with her 1996 album “Anuthatantrum” and was featured in releases by Mariah Carey, Lil’ Kim, and Missy Elliot. Da Brat went on to start two separate labels, and release a third album, “Unrestricted,” in which she embraced her romantic side with the song “Whatchu Like?”
Da Brat spent three years in prison for assault, a trial she believes has made her a better person in the long run.
Most recently, Da Brat best guest starred on the hit show “Empire” in 2015 as Cookie’s friend Jezzie. Unfortunately, an epic rap scene was cut from the show’s finale! Luckily, you can watch and enjoy the deleted scene right here. Watch it right after the “All That” clip for a fuller appreciation of Da Brat’s awesome 25-year career!
“All That” is an American, live-action sketch comedy-variety show, which aired on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 2005, lasting ten seasons. “All That” was produced by Dan Schneider, and produced breakout stars including Kenan Thompson and Amanda Bynes. Dan Schneider is an American actor, TV and film actor, and producer.