Birth Date: December 3, 1978
Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA
Those are some tight, tight pants Trina's wearing. Also some nice Japanese-style leggings or something. Want to see her naked?
Trick Daddy: Uncut (2003) (V)
Born in Miami in 1978, Katrina Laverne (a.k.a. Trina) had dreams of working in the entertainment industry since childhood, while enduring some tough times. But only after being recruited by some of the city's young rap stars did Trina consider a career in music. It was Trick Daddy, a gold-toothed rapper from Miami, who ultimately helped her on her way to stardom.
Appearing on Trick Daddy's hit "Nann Nigga," Trina's raw style caught the ear of those in the know. The Slip-N-Slide record label noticed her talent and rising popularity and continued to team her up with the fellow Miami native (especially on his album, Thugs R Us). It did not take long before the label saw enough potential to sign Trina to her own deal. She represented a fresh, rugged look that was part of a new wave of women rappers, a group that already included Lil' Kim, Da Brat and Foxy Brown.
With her wild nature and rebellious lyrics, it was obvious Trina could not be contained and merely featured on other people's albums for much longer. Her debut, 2000's Da Baddest Bitch gained recognition, thanks in part to its sexual lyrics and profanity-laced tracks. It was a direct response to the male-dominated rap industry that was known for objectifying women in many hit songs.
Powered by the title track and "69 Ways," her gold-certified debut signified that there was finally a strong female voice hailing from the rap-intensive South. She continued to show off her bootylicious self on the Jingle Ballers Tour, which included a slew of other hot hip-hop acts like Nelly and Lil' Kim.
Between touring in November 2000, Trina added her voice to many remixes, including Missy Elliott's "One Minute Man" and Ludacris' "What's Your Fantasy." Both songs were big hits and helped build the hype for the next Trina album. In the meantime, "Told Y'all," a release from the All About the Benjamins soundtrack, put her high up on the charts once again.
After four months of studio time, Trina introduced a much bigger fan base to Diamond Princess. But this time around, she had established herself enough to command respect in the recording studio and call some shots. Diamond Princess was released in August 2002, and the songs "No Panties" and "B R Right" are still receiving major airplay. Pleasing fans even more (and surely winning over some new ones), Trina posed ever so beautifully for the cover of Source magazine's swimsuit issue.
Trina's entrepreneurial spirit was still not quenched after Diamond Princess, so she decided to make her famous styles available to the public. DP Wear (Diamond Princess Wear) became a pet project that evolved into a fully credible fashion line, which is expected to hit stores in the fall of 2003. Now women everywhere could wear the short shorts and itty-bitty bra tops that Trina has made famous.
Maintaining that she is in fact different from the persona she puts on for her shows, Trina has recently had to deal with many rumors about her sexuality, and controversy concerning her lyrics. Through it all, she has kept her composure like a true professional and continues to concentrate on making great music. We only hope she continues to stay in the spotlight, because we can't go too long without a Trina "fix."