Om Da Brat
A fiery emcee out of Chicago, Da Brat burst on the scene in '94 with the Jermaine Dupri-produced smash hit "Funkdafied." Her debut album of the same name went platinum, and she became the first female rapper to reach the elusive million mark. Her '96 follow-up came and went with little fanfare, but she stayed in the spotlight collaborating with Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott. In 2000, she released her third LP, Unrestricted, which featured the crossover hit "That's What I'm Looking For." Da Brat remains amongst the most popular lady lyricists, and she's furthering her career with ventures into acting and her own record label Throwin' Tantrums.