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Da Brat at L.A. Pride 6/10/16. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq.

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I was in high school during the early 90s, and when Da Brat dropped the single “Funkdafied” in ’94, I was like, “Daaaaaamn, Daniel!” and I rocked that track on my walkman (they play cassette tapes kids) for over a month. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who was captivated by her lyrical flow as her debut album of the same name sold over one million copies, making her the first solo female rapper to go platinum. When I saw her on the line-up for L.A. PRIDE I made it a point to check out her set.

Of course, I was looking forward to her performing “Funkdafied”, but I was thoroughly impressed with her taking the time during her set to pay homage to some other badass, female emcees who rocked the mic as hard as their male counterparts back in the day. She performed snippets of tracks by MC Lyte and Lady of Rage, even flowing acappella when her DJ didn’t have the beat, as if to prove that the lyrics alone were hard as shit and could stand alone without fancy instrumentals.

Da Brat’s flow is still on point, and to see her onstage slay those verses was a privilege.

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