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Trina biography

Date of birth : 1978-12-03
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Miami, Florida,U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2012-02-27
Credited as : Rapper, songwriter, Model

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Katrina Laverne Taylor, better known by her stage name Trina, is an American rapper, songwriter and model from Miami, Florida.

Rap musician Trina announced herself to the world in 1998 as "da baddest b***h" on the single "Nann Nigga" on Trick Daddy's album, and she has continued to push the envelope of rap, with often-offensive, sexually explicit lyrics. Her debut album, Da Baddest B***h, went gold, and her second album, Diamond Princess, solidified her reputation as a new queen of hard-core rap.

Born Katrina Laverne Taylor on April 18, 1974, in Miami, Florida, Trina was a popular student at Miami Northwestern High School. A majorette, she was also voted "Best Dressed" in her senior class. When she was 17, she began a relationship with Hollywood, the brother of rapper Trick Daddy, but this ended in tragedy in 1994 when Hollywood was murdered in his car. In order to make a living, Trina worked the night shift at AT&T as a telemarketer, and then got a job as an exotic dancer at a club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She used the money she earned through dancing to pay her tuition at real estate school, and quit dancing once she completed her studies.

In her spare time, Trina wrote rap rhymes, which caught the attention of Hollywood's brother, Trick Daddy, who needed a female rapper for his track "Nann Nigga." He was not sure that she could rhyme or deliver, but he gave her a chance. Her comment on the track that she was "da baddest b***h" led to an album of the same name in 2000. Its title track, along with a video of the song, showcased Trina's lyrics, as well as her looks and attitude, and she was an instant hit with rap fans. According to Evelyn S. McDonnell in Interview, the album, which earned gold sales certification in November of 2000, was "all street and sex."

In an interview for Crusade magazine online, Trina commented that on this album, much of the work was done for her; she did not have creative control, but simply delivered lyrics. "Everybody was like we got this beat, we got this, we got that, we want you to get in there and write to this track, write to this song, write to this topic."

For her second album, Diamond Princess, Trina was able to choose her own production, name of the songs, and write whatever she wanted to write. She told Crusade, "It's more what Trina's about, how Trina looks, how Trina feels, the things that Trina consists of."

Trina told a reporter for Black Entertainment Television that Diamond Princess was "the same thing [as Da Baddest B***h] but it's different.... I'm still the same person, still grimy, you have the ghetto reality street part of it, but it's just a more mature and stable life for me right now." That maturity and stability, she said, was the result of her success with Da Baddest B***h.

Some of the tracks on Da Baddest B***h emphasize female strength, according to Trina. Two tracks, "Ladies 1st" and "Rewind That Back," feature two strong women in the music business who are making a lot of money and who don't need men to take care of them. Some of the other songs are cautionary tales for men. One song, "No Panties," which Trina performed with female R&B singer Tweet, is also a declaration of independence by the two women. Trina told McDonnell, "The all-girl vibe is really good because everybody can speak their mind." She also told McDonnell that the album was "really fun and bright and commercial" and that sex was not its only topic. "It's just about me, going from one extreme to the next." Maxim Pozdorovkin, in the Cornell Daily Sun, wrote that although "the musical side of Diamond Princess is quite good," Trina's emphasis on material things is a "prime example of ... ridiculous content," and commented that the album "does not possess personality, wit, or intellect" and that "the game Trina plays is one of extreme crassness."

The success of Trina's two albums led to the launching of a clothing line called Diamond Princess Wear that is inspired by her personal look. "I've stepped up to the game," she told Chronic Magazine online. "I'm trying to pave a way for everybody that wants to follow in my footsteps." She told McDonnell that the clothing line was due to be launched at the beginning of 2003, and that it would be "hot, classy, sexy, edgy, glamorous, hip-hop--it's me, really. Real flamboyant." Trina did not design the clothes, but worked with a New York stylist to create the look.

Trina also started her own record label, Diva Enterprises, and by September of 2002 had signed an artist, Lil Brianna, who was ten years old and working on her first album. Lil Brianna had already appeared on the Diamond Princess track "Kandi."

Perhaps surprisingly, given the fact that some conservative and religious groups have protested against her music, Trina told Black Entertainment Television (BET) that spirituality is an important part of her life, and that she strives to serve God. "I serve him all day in my whole life. I just feel like without him, there's no me.... When you're working during the week, you're working but that don't mean you're not praising him still." She also said, in response to criticism of her explicit lyrics, "If you don't like what I'm saying, then don't listen to it." In response to rumors that she was gay or bisexual, Trina told BET, "If I chose to live a bisexual life or I'm gay or whatever, that's MY business...."

Trina, who is not married and has no children, told BET, "I'm free, I'm happy, I'm young, I'm doing whatever I want to do. I feel like anybody whether they're an entertainer or not should do that, because tomorrow's not promised." And she told McConnell that her favorite part of life is entertaining: "It's all about attitude and showing people I love them. When I'm up onstage it's all about connecting with them--they're a part of me."

Trina's fourth studio album, Still da Baddest was released on April 1, 2008. The album reached number six on the Billboard 200, number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number one on the Top Rap Albums chart, becoming Trina's first album to top charts. First week sales were 47,000.

Trina's fifth studio album, Amazin', was released on May 4, 2010. Because of this album, Trina is the first female rapper to release a fifth studio album. Amazin' debuted at number thirteen on the Billboard 200, number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, number two on the Top Rap Albums chart and number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. The album sold over 32,000 copies in its first week of release. Despite its low sales, the album received near positive reviews from critics.

In preparation for her upcoming sixth studio album, Trina released a mixtape entitled Diamonds Are Forever on March 28, 2011. Prior to the full release, Trina released three singles from the mixtape, which includes "Ghetto" featuring T-Pain, "Waist So Skinny" featuring Rick Ross, and "Can I" featuring Mýa. The mixtape was successful, receiving 4.8 million views in two days. In a recent interview with MTVuk, Trina says that her sixth album is expected to be out by the end of the year and that there will be more pop/crossover music on the album. Trina is the only female hip hop artist, besides Missy Elliott and, to work on a sixth album.

-Da Baddest Bitch (2000)
-Diamond Princess (2002)
-Glamorest Life (2005)
-Still da Baddest (2008)
-Amazin' (2010)

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