Grammy nominated artist with the rap group Terror Squad who was sentenced to eight years behind bars in 2007 for shooting a friend. She is one of only five female rappers to have a song top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She joined the cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York season 6.
She turned the frustrations of an impoverished childhood into raps that earned her notice.
She won the BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist in 2005 and 2017.
Due to family drug abuse, she had to act as a surrogate mother to her younger siblings. She has a son named Jayson.
After her first album, creative difference with Fat Joe and Terror Squad caused her to leave the group and make plans to strike out on her own.