Interview, Relationships

Da Brat: “Left Eye Did Not Like Me At First”

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So So Def‘s first lady, Da Brat, recently opened up about her initial friendship with the ‘L’ of TLC, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, back when she first came onto the scene in 1994!

Da Brat was speaking about the so-called rivalry with Left Eye, in response to Tyra Banks’ recent comments to the Wall Street Journal about how she felt intimidated by Naomi Campbell when she first started modelling. Tyra felt Naomi was doing everything in her power to make her go away, due to the fear of having similar competition.

Da Brat feels she can relate to Tyra because of her experiences with Left Eye. “When I first came in the game, when I first came to Atlanta and got with Jermaine Dupri and So So Def, I loved Left Eye. I wanted to be Left Eye, I loved her”, Da Brat tells her co-hosts Headkrack and Porsha Williams on Dish Nation.

“She did not like me! And when I tell you I cried and I cried”. Da Brat even talked to Lisa’s group mate, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, about how she was feeling about not being accepted by her idol. “I talked to T-Boz and I was like, ‘why doesn’t she like me?’ Cause I loved her. I just felt like I was so much like her. And, ooh, she did not like me”.

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Da Brat, who has a re-occurring role in WE TV’s ‘Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta‘, touched on some of the deep-rooted reasons that may have triggered the initial bitterness. “She was like Jermaine Dupri’s first rap female artist, and it was just that thing there. I didn’t understand coming from Chicago, being raised by my Grandma and loving everybody. I was like ‘oh my God, Left Eye!’, and she was like — [frowns]”.

Jermaine Dupri was introduced to Left Eye in 1990 by Ian Burke, as part of the group 2nd Nature, before being renamed TLC.

As documented in the JD WE TV special, TLC were initially brought to Dupri to be signed, but his label wasn’t ready at the time, leaving the girls to sign with LaFace and Dupri to find another group and female rap artist for his So So Def label, which launched in 1993.

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Ladies Night: (L-R) Da Brat, Angie Martinez, Missy Elliott, Lance ‘Un’ Rivera, Left Eye & Lil’ Kim (1997)

Thankfully, the ladies squashed their differences and were able to bless us with the iconic collaboration remix to Lil’ Kim‘s “Not Tonight (Ladies Night)” in 1997, for the Nothing To Lose soundtrack.

“I was so hurt. I know how Tyra feels”, Da Brat continues. “We were cool [by the time ‘Ladies Night’ came out], but she was not fond of me at first”.

What are your thoughts on Da Brat’s initial rejection by Left Eye?  Does society always pit women against each other?

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Appearance, Lifestyle, Television

T-Boz Learns About ‘Sexercise’ and Da Brat’s Bankruptcy on ‘Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta’

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Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins has returned to Atlanta! Not for good, though. She is back to see her doctor, and to catch up with her industry friends in this week’s episode of ‘Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta‘!

Her long-time friend, Jermaine Dupri, is throwing a party at Cascade skating rink and has invited his superstar friends; Usher, Da Brat, Dallas Austin and of course, T-Boz.

Deb Antney, Waka Flocka Flame‘s mother, is also in attendance, and she informs the crew that she is still feeling sore from her sexercise class, taught to her by R. Kelly‘s ex-wife, Drea Kelly.

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JD is ready to hit the rink his song comes on. T-Boz goes to grab her shoes. “I don’t skate, I moonwalk!”, Da Brat screams before they all hit the skating rink.

T-Boz and Da Brat catch up afterwards. T-Boz tells Da Brat about her trip to Japan and her upcoming tour with Nelly and Flo Rida. “It’s like being an adult to 75 adults, and it’s a headache!”, T-Boz admits.

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“You know I filed bankruptcy?”, Da Brat confesses. “No!”, a shocked T-Boz replies. “You know, I did it twice”, T-Boz reassures Brat. “Yeah, I know. I gotta talk to you about that, too. I gotta get some advice”, Da Brat says.

Da Brat gets into the additional drama in her bankruptcy case. “I had a judgement against me that I just can’t pay, about the thing I went to jail for, [for hitting somebody]”. “They wasn’t really hurt though, right?”, T-Boz queries. “A little bit?”. Da Brat reveals that the woman was pretty injured. “They say she has some sort of brain damage”.

A concerned T-Boz asks Da Brat if she has lawyers to help her case. Da Brat reassures T-Boz that her legal part is being taken care of. “I’ll keep you in my prayers about the other stuff”, T-Boz says to Da Brat as they say goodbye to each other as Da Brat needs to be up early.

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Although T-Boz was announced as part of the cast of Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta earlier this year, she has revealed that she won’t be in many more episodes because she and her daughter, Chase Rolison, quit early into the recording.

She told us that her appearance will be more of a cameo, so that is something to keep fans happy!

T-Boz can also be seen on the So So Def special ‘Power, Influence and Hip-Hop: The Remarkable Rise of So So Def’, about the importance of music mogul, Jermaine Dupri.

Watch T-Boz in her ‘Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta’ debut below!

Announcement, Charity

Get a Personalized Video Shout Out From T-Boz!

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Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is giving back to her fans in the most special way — she’s offering fans, for a limited time, the opportunity to receive a personal shout out video from the lady herself!

For a small fee, you can request T-Boz to record a personalized shout out! Celebrate everyday moments with a personalized video greeting from T-Boz. Birthdays, encouragement, graduations… you pick.

Or you can request an event announcement! Have T-Boz invite everyone over for your book club, the big game, fundraiser, bachelor/ette party, reunion… any event.

If you want to get more of a one-on-one feel, you can video yourself asking T-Boz a question. When she responds, they’ll stitch the two videos together so you get a great Q&A interaction!

 

What is Starsona?

Starsona is an app where you can buy personalized video shoutouts for special occasions and everyday moments from your favorite stars.

Other stars you can get personalized videos from include Dawn Robinson (ex-En Vogue), Da Brat, radio presenter Ryan Cameron, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey, Left Eye’s former boyfriend NFL star Andre Rison and more!

To get your T-Boz video greeting, click HERE to download the app and make some magic happen with this priceless opportunity!

All proceeds go to T-Boz’s chosen charity: The Sickle Cell Support Group of Atlanta.

Available worldwide!