Kathrina Laverne Taylorーbetter known as Trina, first rose to fame in the late 90’s after being featured in Trick Daddy’s single, Nann Nigga. During her teen years, Trina often dropped by her mother’s beauty salon, where she was frequently greeted with gossip and advice about men. Extremely close to her, she has described her mother to be her symbol of strength. At the age of seventeen, she started a relationship with Hollywood, the brother of American rapper, Trick Daddy. Tragically, the former was murdered in his vehicle in 1994.
Prior to becoming a recording artist, she worked as a real estate agent in her native Miami. Despite her career however, she often found herself writing rap rhymes in her spare time. Although initially a hobby, her talents were eventually discovered by the aforementioned rapper, which led her to consequently break into the music scene. In 1998, Trick Daddy invited Trina to be part of his single, Nann Nigga, which proved to be a surprise hit; upon its release, it quickly reached number three on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles Chart. Following her successful industry debut and peak in popularity, Trina was offered a recording contract with Slip-N-Slide Records. After putting many hours in at the studio, the female artist released her debut album, Da Baddest Bitch on New Year’s Day in 2000ーwhich later went Gold in the United States.
A couple of years later, Trina came out with her second full-length album entitled, Diamond Princess. Although not as successful as her first, it managed to snag the fifth position on the Top R&B and Hip Hop Albums Chart. Since then, her discography has grown to include a total of five studio albums, seventeen music videos, eleven mix tapes and eleven singlesーthe majority of which ended up charting in the United States. Some of her most popular hits include: Here We Go, B R Right, Single Again, No Panties, Pull Over, and Told Y’all. Throughout the years, her work in the hip hop genre has garnered her many awards including a Soul Train Music Award (e.g. Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video), a Source Award (e.g. Remix of the Year), an ACE Award (e.g. Power of Influence), two ASCAP Awards (e.g. Award Winning R&B/Hip Hop Songs), among a few others.
While mostly known as an R&B artist, Trina has also acted on-and-off as an actress over the past years. In 2003, the dark-skinned beauty made her big screen debut in the comedy flick, A Miami Tail (2003) where she played alongside Tony Reddick and Neferteri Shepherd.
Apparently fans have a reason to be excited this yearーTrina will be dropping her sixth studio album this upcoming April. While its upcoming release is no secret, the album’s title has not yet been revealed; in fact, the rapper has stated that she’d like her fans to name the project for her. Sworn to be a great album by Trina herself, it will feature collaborations with Kelly Price, K Michelle, Lil Wayne, and many others.