Who is Da Brat? LisaRaye McCoy has strained relationship with rapper sister who came out as lesbian, here's why
Shawntae Harris, popularly known as Da Brat, became first female solo rapper to sell one million copies with her debut album, 'Funkdafied'
On actress LisaRaye McCoy's birthday last year, her fellow co-hosts from the talk show, 'Out Loud'. decided to surprise her with a sweet gesture. The ladies roped in McCoy's sister Da Brat to briefly make an appearance on-air and wish her oldest sister.
Da Brat happily agreed to the request, and popped up on the show, and began singing praises of McCoy. While all the hosts of 'Out Loud' were grinning from ear to ear as Da Brat spoke highly of their co-star, unfortunately, McCoy wasn't too pleased. The actress lashed out at her sister and things quickly turned left, as both the sisters began talking against each other. Although this incident took place in October 2020, it looks like the tension between the sisters hasn't yet been resolved. McCoy will be making an appearance on Iyanla Vanzant's 'Fix My Life' to work towards healing her strained relationship. Before we get to why the two sisters are fighting, let's take a look at who Da Brat is.
Who is Da Brat?
Shawntae Harris who is popularly known as Da Brat is a popular rapper who peaked the charts in the early '90s and 2000s. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Since her parents were never married, she grew up in two homes. In 1992, when she was only 18 she participated in a local rap contest organized by 'Yo! MTV Raps'. After winning the contest she got to meet Kris Kross. The duo introduced her to their producer Jermaine Dupri.
Dupri was instantly taken in by Brat's talent and signed her to his label So So Def. In 1994, she released her debut album 'Funkdafied'. The album went platinum and made her the first female solo rapper to sell one million copies. She regularly reigned the charts as she continued o associate herself with top artists like Mariah Carey, Lil' Kim, and Missy Elliott.
The rapper currently works as the co-host of 'Rickey Smiley Morning Show', and is also part of the Dish Nation. She also dabbled in reality television when she joined 'The Rap Game' in 2017 as a mentor, and later became the executive producer of 'Growing up Hip Hop: Atlanta'. She will also soon be starring on her own WE Tv reality show called 'Da Brat Loves Judy'.
Da Brat came out as a lesbian and confirmed that she was dating Jesseca Dupart, CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products. Brat never spoke about her sexual orientation despite several rumors about her dating life over the years. In an interview with Variety, she explained why she chose to keep her personal life private and what finally prompted her to announce her relationship to the world. "I’ve always felt like being private is the better way to go, because then you don’t have so many people in your business. I was fine staying quiet, but my partner is a social media mogul — that’s how she became who she is. And when you get with somebody, you have to meet in the middle. So to me, the middle was just letting everybody know: ‘Hey, she’s the one.'” Brat also shared that she felt good after coming out as she kept it a secret for '20-something years'.
Why are LisaRaye McCoy and Da Brat fighting?
McCoy revealed the reason behind her anger and frustration towards her sister during the talk show. The 'Players Club' actress was upset over the fact that she had to learn about her sister's relationship and sexual orientation from social media just like the rest of the world, which according to her was simply unacceptable. Brat shot back by revealing that her sister wasn't the easiest person to speak to. She also added how her love life has been a journey and a process that she herself was still coming to terms with. The two sisters left the show fuming at each other.
Da Brat shot back, explaining that her journey has been a process that she herself had to become comfortable with before telling her family. LisaRaye wasn’t having it and there was no resolution to the once-close sisters’ conflict... at least not on air.