Chris Rock once remarked on fatherhood that his main job in life was to "keep [his] baby off the pole." Ironically, when he made this comment in his 2004 HBO special, Never Scared, the sex industry was being openly referenced in pop culture. Lil' Kim had already made a career out of being an icon of sex. T-Pain wrote an ode to a stripper. And pole-dancing as a form of recreational exercise was on the way. So, it was no surprise that there would be a generation of female artists inverting the "ho" stigma. Southern rapper Trina was one of the first to follow the Queen Bitch.
Katrina "Trina" Taylor was born and raised in Miami. She was introduced to the public rather abruptly and bluntly when she dropped a memorable verse on Trick Daddy's "Nann Nigga," in 1998. Two years later she released her appropriately titled debut solo album, Da Baddest Bitch. The album hit the market in the midst of hip-hop's commercial explosion and performed well, selling 800,000 copies in the United States. Taylor next worked with marquee artists like Missy Elliott, Just Blaze and Eve on her follow-up. She released her second album, Diamond Princess, in 2002. The album featured memorable club singles like "No Panties" and "B R Right," which featured Ludacris. It also marked her shift toward marketing her image as not just sexual but also financially successful.
Taylor released her third album, Glamorest Life, in 2005. The album featured more high-profile guests, most notably her then-boyfriend Lil' Wayne on the hit single "Don't Trip." She released a fourth album, Still Da Baddest, in 2008, and her fifth alalbum, Amazin', was scheduled to be released in 2010. ~Dan Nishimoto