Here We Go
Rapper and songwriter Trina first gained public attention when she appeared on Trick Daddy's album “www.thug.com” on the single “Nann Nigga” (1998). Signed by Slip-n-Slide Records, she launched her debut studio album, “Da Baddest Bitch” in 2000. The album went gold within eight months. It was followed by “Diamond Princess” in 2002, “Glamorest Life” in 2005, “Still da Baddest,” which became her first No. 1 hit record on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts, and “Amazin'” in 2010. She has released 11 charting singles, including “Here We Go” (featuring Kelly Rowland) and “B R Right” (featuring Ludacris). Trina has been named “The Most Consistent Female Rapper of All-Time” by XXL Magazine. She has also been nominated for a BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist seven times. In 2005, she received an American Music nomination for Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist. In 2011, she won the EME Award International Friend of Reggae Honoree.
In 2006, Trina, whose nickname is Diamond Princess, created an organization to help disadvantaged children called Diamond Doll. She also has her own fragrance titled “Diamond Princess,” which can be purchased through her website.
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Childhood and Family:
Katrina Laverne Taylor, who would later be popular as Trina, was born on December 3, 1978, in Miami, Florida. Her parents divorced when she was young. She grew up in the Liberty City housing projects in Miami and Pembroke Pines of Florida. Trina is a college graduate and worked as a real estate agent before turning her attention to music.
Still da Baddest
Trina began her music career in 1998 when she appeared as a guest rapper on “Nann Nigga,” the first single from Trick Daddy's album “www.thug.com.” Released on July 14, 1998, the song rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks, No. 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, and No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100. She also appeared on the music video, which was directed by Zodiac Fishgrease. The success of the song earned Trina a recording contract with Slip-n-Slide Records. In 1999, along with Co & Deuce of 24KARATZ, she guest starred on Trick Daddy's single “Shut Up,” from his album “Book of Thugs” (2000). The song peaked at No. 20 on the Hot Rap Tracks, No. 25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and No. 83 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Trina's first studio album, “Da Baddest Bitch,” was released on March 21, 2000. The album peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard 200 and No. 11 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and went gold in November that year. The lead single, “Da Baddest Bitch,” rose to No. 64 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The second single, “Pull Over,” which she produced and co-wrote with Trick Daddy, went to No. 93 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at No. 46 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 41 on the Hot Rap Tracks. “Pull Over” was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award in the category of Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video in 2001.
In 2001, Trina made a guest appearance on Trick Daddy's single “Take It To Da House” with The SNS Express. Taken from Daddy's album “Thugs Are US” (2001), the song peaked at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, No. 20 on the Hot Rap Tracks and won a 2001 Billboard Music for R&B/Hip-Hop Group. The same year, she was featured on Silkk the Shocker's single “That's Cool,” which charted at No. 51 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Missy Elliott's hit “One Minute Man” with Ludacris. The latter song rose to No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (#8). It was also a hit in the U.K.
Trina's sophomore effort, “Diamond Princess,” hit the music stores on August 27, 2002. The album went to No. 14 on the Billboard 200 and became her first Top 10 hit record on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (#5). The first single, “Told Ya'll,” featuring Rick Ross, peaked at No. 64 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Track, while the second single “No Panties,” featuring Tweet, peaked at No. 88 on the same chart. The third and last single, “B R Right,” featuring Ludacris and produced by Kanye West, enjoyed moderate success on the Billboard Hot 100 by peaking at No. 83, but was a Top 30 hit on the Hot Rap Tracks. It also peaked at No. 50 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.
The third studio album, “Glamorest Life,” followed on October 4, 2005. The album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 2 on the Top Rap Albums chart. The album produced two singles with “Don't Trip,” featuring Lil Wayne, and “Here We Go,” featuring Kelly Rowland. The latter song went gold in June 2006. “Here We Go,” which Trina co-wrote, became her first solo single to make it to the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 where it peaked at No. 17. It also went to No. 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and No. 3 on the Hot Rap Tracks. In addition, the song enjoyed success in Europe where it rose to No. 15 on the U.K. Singles Chart. “Here We Go” won a 2006 BMI London Award and a 2007 BMI Urban Award. Also in 2005, Trina made a guest appearance on Webbie's “Bad Chick” (Remix), from the Baton Rouge rapper's debut album “Savage Life” (2005). The song went to No. 120 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 48 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles.
In 2007, Trina parted ways with Atlantic Records and signed to EMI in conjunction with her original label Slip-n-Slide Records. The same year, she released the mixed tapes “Rockstarr Royalty” and “The Baddest Chick 2: Reloaded,”
The fourth studio album, “Still Da Baddest,” was launched on April 1, 2008. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums and No. 6 on the Billboard 200. The album spawned two singles with “Single Again,” which received fair success (#19 US Rap and #59 US R&B), and “I Got a Thang for You,” featuring Keyshia Cole, which charted at No. 59 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. 2008 also saw Trina form the female group Pretty Money, with Nisha and An-G. The group was set to appear on her fifth album, but the plan never came to realization.
Trina's fifth studio album, “Amazin',” was released on May 4, 2010. The album debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, No. 2 on the Top Rap Albums and No. 4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Independent Albums on May 22, 2010. “Amazin'” generated two charting singles with “Million Dollar Girl,” featuring Diddy and Keri Hilson, and “Always,” featuring Monica, which respectively peaked at No. 61 and No. 42 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, with the latter also at No. 20 on the Hot Rap Tracks.
On March 28, 2011, Trina launched a mixed tape called “Diamonds Are Forever.” She released three singles from the tape, which included “Waist So Skinny,” featuring Rick Ross, “Ghetto,” featuring T-Pain, and “Can I,” featuring Mýa. Her new album is scheduled to be released in 2011.
EME: International Friend of Reggae Honoree, 2011
MTV Video Music: Best Remix Of the Year, “5 Star Chick,” 2010 (with Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj)
ACE: Power of Influence Award, 2010
BMI Urban: “Here We Go,” (with Kelly Rowland), 2007
BMI London: “Here We Go” (with Kelly Rowland), 2006
The Source: Remix of the Year, “Right Thurr,” 2004
Billboard Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Group, “Take It To Da House,” (with Trick Daddy and The SNS Expres), 2001