Miami-based rapper Trina first gained notoriety in 1998 with her appearance on Trick Daddy’s www.thug.com album. Her own debut album, Da Baddest Bitch, featured a cameo by Trick Daddy and was released in early 2000 on Atlantic Records. She spent the next two years honing her raw, raunchy style. She paired up with Missy Elliott for the recording of her second effort, 2002’s Diamond Princess. Out of her first three albums, the star-studded, very polished 2005 effort Glamorest Life sold the worst, even with the hit single “Here We Go” featuring Kelly Rowland. No surprise, then, that her 2008 release, Still da Baddest, was a return to the rawness of her debut. Two years later Amazin’ offered a more sophisticated set of tracks with everyone from Lil Wayne to Mario Winans lending a hand. ~ Heather Phares
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