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Dan Schneider Presents: Da Brat “Fa All Y’all” Performance on “All That”

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.

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3 Things We Love About Dan Schneider’s 1997 “Kenan & Kel” Christmas Special!

The holiday season is upon us! Radios are blasting Christmas songs, lights glow around town, and our TVs are dishing out holiday specials, movies and more. Whether it’s about the decor, presents or entertainment, sometimes digging into the depths of holiday history can be the best way to get into the merry & bright spirit.

That’s what makes “Merry Christmas, Kenan” from “Kenan & Kel” such a joy to watch almost two decades after its 1997 release. We’re super lucky to get to see Kenan Thompson on SNL and Kel Mitchell on Dan Schneider’s “Game Shakers,” but it’s always a treat to take a trip back to the good ol’ days. It comes to no surprise that the “Kenan & Kel” Christmas special is every bit as fun to watch today as it was then!

Here’s the highlights!

1. The Tubaphone

“It’s not just a tuba, it’s a phone!” Kel says excitedly at the sight of this “As seen on TV” product. The tubaphone is a thing of genius for its absurdity alone. After Kel expresses his admiration for the tubaphone at a toy store, Kenan exclaims, “Many times I’ve been talking on the telephone and thinking, ‘you know, if only I could be blowing a tuba during this conversation!”

The tubaphone is is actually a real instrument, not a Tuba with a phone in it. A real tubaphone is more like a xylophone-glockenspiel hybrid, so if you’re asking for one for Christmas, it would be a good idea to specify whether you want the tubaphone classic, or the illusive tuba and telephone combo.

2. The Christmas Carol Lady

“I do looooove Christmas!” the Christmas Carol Lady croons with delight. Most of us might be overjoyed if a nice old granny came into our place of business singing carols, but it turns out Kenan is not most of us. After Kenan insists he’s allergic to carols, she proceeds to sing the 12 Days of Christmas with incredible enthusiasm. Kenan quickly sings her out the door.

3. Kenan’s Santa Skills

As much as he hates Christmas carols, Kenan sure makes a good Santa Claus! After the mall Santa is punched by a child, Kenan and Kel are recruited for Santa and elf duty. To everyone’s surprise, Kenan is a hit! Not only do the kids love him, but Kenan develops mystical linguistic skills. He’s able to communicate with a young girl from “Fishlakia” and even join her in the traditional songs of her people!

But perhaps the best part about Kenan as Santa is that he takes the job seriously enough to actually be Santa for two young children. He uses the money he was saving for a mountain bike to buy bikes for these special kids. As destiny would have it, the actor Kenan Thompson would resume his role as St. Nick on SNL many years later… this time as Sump’n Claus.

Stick around until the end and you can hear the entire cast sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!” Unfortunately, Kenan is too excited by the prospect of New Years to finish the song. Aw, here goes…

Kenan & Kel” is an American teen comedy sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon for four seasons, premiering in 1996. “Kenan & Kel” starred Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell as its titular characters. The show was created by Kim Bass and produced by Dan Schneider. Dan Schneider is an American actor, TV and film actor, and producer.

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