First female solo rapper to release a platinum-selling album, Funkdafied. She later collaborated with artists like Kelly Rowland and Lil Wayne. In 2015, she began co-hosting the Rickey Smiley Morning Show.
Born Shawntae Harris, she played basketball and ran track in high school.
In 1994, she was the first musical guest on the popular Nickelodeon sketch show All That.
She was featured on Missy Elliot's top five single "Sock It 2 Me."