For almost 15 years, one of Hip Hop’s most successful, yet underrated women to rock the mic is simply known as “the baddest”. Born Katrina Taylor in Miami, Trina created her own real life rags to riches story and used nothing more than the streets and the stage. She has morphed into an icon of Hip Hop glamour, which has earned her the alias “the diamond princess”. One of the few females to rep for the Dirty South, Trina is definitely the most consistent and relevant femcee south of the Mason Dixon. With her sultry voice and sex charged lyrics, the former first lady of Slip N Slide makes men want her, making women want to be her.
Her career began in 1998, appearing on the Trick Daddy classic “Nann Nigga”. Everyone wanted to see the face behind the foul mouth including the labels, landing Trina with a deal from Atlantic Records in less than a year. Her debut album “The Baddest Bitch” was released in 2000 and certified gold within six months. Following up with four more albums and numerous street certified mixtapes, she managed to maintain her presence in the male dominated field of rap. Trina’s candid rhymes about her sexual trysts easily rival that of her male counterpart, a trend which is she helped pioneer along with other raunchy female emcees such as Lil Kim and Foxy Brown.
With the BET Awards nominating, but snubbing Trina for the Best Female Hip Hop Artist award almost ten years in a row, it is evident that the music industry rarely gives light to Trina’s talent. Her respect and admiration always came from the streets and her loyal fanbase, which is what kept Trina’s projects in demand and the fact that she is extremely beautiful doesn’t hurt either. Still at work in the studio, her upcoming “Diamonds Are Forever” album is a landmark album, being that Trina is the only female rapper besides Missy Elliott to release six studio albums. Without the recognition of award shows, Trina still makes history in the face of adversity and her legacy will forever be etched in stone in the game of Hip Hop.