Trina in April 2016
Katrina Laverne Taylor
December 3, 1974
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Katrina Laverne Taylor (born December 3, 1974), known professionally as Trina, is an American rapper and television personality. She first garnered much attention in 1998 with her appearance on the single "Nann Nigga" from Trick Daddy's second studio album www.thug.com.
Trina has been described by XXL Magazine as "the most consistent female rapper of all time". The Source celebrated Trina's career for the 2012 Women's History Month. In 2013, Complex ranked "Pull Over" at #27 in their Top 50 Best Rap Songs by Women. In 2014, Trina was included in Billboard's list of the "31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop".
Trina grew up in Liberty City. Her father is from the Dominican Republic, and her mother is from The Bahamas. They separated when she was a child. She attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School, where she was a majorette, and graduated in 1992.
In 1998, Trina was studying to get her real estate license, when she caught the attention of Miami rapper Trick Daddy, who asked her to appear on his track "Nann Nigga". The song was released as the lead single from Trick's second studio album, www.thug.com on July 14, 1998, reaching #62 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Rap Songs chart. This kickstarted Trina's rap career, leading to a record deal with Slip-n-Slide Records with distribution from Atlantic Records.
On March 21, 2000, Trina released her debut album Da Baddest Bitch, which debuted at #33 on the US Billboard 200 and #11 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for 39 weeks and on the Hip-Hop/R&B album chart for 49 consecutive weeks and was certified Gold by the RIAA by November of that year. The album was preceded by the singles "Da Baddest Bitch" on December 22, 1999, and "Pull Over" on February 13, 2000, which reached #93 on the Hot 100, #46 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #41 on the Rap Songs chart.
Trina began working on her second album in 2001 with Missy Elliott, enjoying more creative control than ever before, saying in interviews that the album was "more what Trina's about, how Trina looks, how Trina feels, the things that Trina consists of." During this time, she started her own record label imprint, Diva Enterprises. In September 2002, she signed 9-year-old recording artist Lil' Brianna, who would appear on her track "Kandi" and later be known as Brianna Perry.
On August 27, 2002, Trina released her second album Diamond Princess, which debut at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 67,000 units in its first week. The album was preceded by "Told Y'all", featuring Rick Ross, which reached #64 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and appeared on the soundtrack to the action comedy All About the Benjamins, and "No Panties", featuring Tweet, which reached #88 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and #45 on the UK Singles Chart. On October 22, 2002, Trina released the album's third and final single, "B R Right", featuring Ludacris, which reached #83 on the Billboard Hot 100, #50 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #24 on the Rap Songs chart.
On October 4, 2005, Trina released her third studio album, Glamorest Life, which debut at #11 on the Billboard 200, #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #2 on the Top Rap Albums chart, selling 77,000 units in its first week. The album was preceded by the single, "Don't Trip", featuring Lil Wayne on April 28, 2005, which reached #74 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and "Here We Go", featuring Kelly Rowland, on September 23, 2005, which became one of Trina's most successful singles, reaching #17 on the Hot 100, #8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #3 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and Top 20 in most countries worldwide. The single was certified Gold in the US in June 2006. The album's third and final single, "Da Club", featuring Mannie Fresh, was released on November 22, 2005.
On April 1, 2008, Trina released her fourth studio album, Still da Baddest, which reached #6 on the Billboard 200, #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #1 on the Top Rap Albums chart, becoming her first album to top the charts. Its first-week sales were 47,000. The album was preceded by the singles "Single Again", which reached #25 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100, #59 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #19 on the Rap Songs chart, and "I Got a Thang for You", featuring Keyshia Cole, which reached #21 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 and #59 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The third and final single from the album, "Look Back at Me", featuring Killer Mike, hit #1 in Denmark.
On May 4, 2010, Trina released her fifth studio album, Amazin', which debut at #13 on the Billboard 200, #4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, #2 on the Top Rap Albums chart, and #1 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. The album sold over 32,000 copies in its first week. The album was preceded by the singles "That's My Attitude" on August 21, 2009, "Million Dollar Girl", featuring Diddy and Keri Hilson, on January 12, 2010, which reached #61 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and #20 on the Rap Songs chart, "Always", featuring Monica, on April 20, 2010, which reached #42 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and "White Girl", featuring Flo Rida and Git Fresh, on June 29, 2010.
On March 28, 2011, Trina released the mixtape Diamonds Are Forever. It was preceded by the singles "Ghetto", featuring T-Pain, "Waist So Skinny", featuring Rick Ross, and "Can I", featuring Mýa. The mixtape received 4.8 million streams in two days. During this time, Trina was preparing her sixth studio album. On November 9, 2011, Trina announced on MTV RapFix Live that she was no longer signed to Slip-N-Slide Records, the label she had been with since the beginning of her career.
—Trina on Slip-N-Slide departure MTV RAPFIX Live interview
On December 3, 2012, Trina released the mixtape Back 2 Business, which was preceded by the singles "Beam" featuring Gunplay and Iceberg Slimm, and "Bad Bitch", featuring Lola Monroe and Shawnna.
On March 9, 2015, Trina revealed that she had signed a new imprint venture with Penalty Entertainment. Days earlier, Trina had released the promotional single "Real One" featuring Rico Love, who she said would be the executive producer of her sixth album. On July 21, 2015, Trina previewed its music video on an episode of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta: Afterparty Live! on July 21, 2015. On October 29, Wolfgang Gartner announced that his song "Turn Up", featuring Trina and Wiley, would be featured on the soundtrack for the video game Need For Speed. On November 13, Trina released her single "Fuck Boy", along with a remix of One Direction's "Perfect", both garnered positive reviews.
On March 21, 2016, the 16th anniversary of her debut album Da Baddest Bitch, Trina released the single "Overnight", which discusses the ups and downs of her career including lawsuits, label issues, and being underestimated. On April 1, 2016, Trina released the single "Forget That", featuring Steph Lecor, from the Meet the Blacks soundtrack. On July 11, Trina participated in Missy Elliott's tribute for VH1's Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens. On December 3, Trina celebrated her 38th birthday by unveiling a surprise EP, Dynasty 6, at a private Art Basel event.
Trina was in an off-again, on-again relationship with rapper Lil Wayne from 2005 to 2007. On October 5, 2005, during an interview with Wendy Williams, she confirmed that she and Wayne were engaged to be married. Trina later became pregnant by Lil Wayne, but suffered a miscarriage. The couple have matching tattoos, Trina has "Wayne" on her wrist, while Lil Wayne has "Trina" spelled out on his ring finger. Trina dated basketball player Kenyon Martin from 2007 to 2010. He had the image of her lips tattooed on his neck. Trina dated rapper French Montana from 2012 to 2014. Trina is openly bisexual, admitting to having relations with men and women in an interview with The Breakfast Club in 2018.
Trina started the Diamond Doll Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps younger girls with their life struggles. The organization is partnered with the Florida Entertainment Summit to organize the Jingle Bell Toy Drive for children in South Florida.
Trina has received ten nominations at the BET Awards, nine of which were for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, and three nominations at the Soul Train Music Awards. She has received four Source Award nominations winning one. She has been nominated for one American Music Award. She was nominated for six awards at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. She was nominated for one MTV Sucker Free Summit Award. She has won one Golden Trailer Award for her appearance on the film A Miami Tail. She has won two ASCAP Awards, two BMI Awards, one Billboard Music Award, one EME Award, and one All Star Music Award.
|2003||A Miami Tail||Alica Strada|
|2011||The Cookout 2||Woman Placing Bet|
|2001||The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards||Herself|
|2001||2001 MTV Video Music Awards||Herself - Presenter|
|2001||Lady of Soul Awards||Herself - Presenter|
|2002||2nd Annual BET Awards||Herself|
|2003||Trina: The Making of a Diamond Princess||Herself|
|2005||2005 Radio Music Awards||Herself|
|2005||With Friends Like These||Cleo|
|2006||DJ Khaled Makes A Video: Holla at Me|
|2006||BET Awards 2006||Herself|
|2007||The Parker Report||Herself|
|2008||BET Awards 2008||Herself|
|2010||The Mo'Nique Show||Herself||1 episode|
|2010||Style-City Music Presents||Herself|
|2010||2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South||Herself – Performer|
|2010||My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women In Hip Hop||Herself||Documentary|
|2011||La La's Full Court Life||Herself||1 episode|
|2011||The Cookout 2||Woman Placing Bet|
|2011–2014||RapFix Live||Herself||2 episodes|
|2012||2012 BET Hip Hop Awards||Herself|
|2013||Tiny Tonight||Herself - Co-Host|
|2014||Rupaul's Drag Race||Herself|
|2015||Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: After Party Live!||Herself||1 episode|
|2016||K.Michelle: My Life||Herself||2 episodes|
|2017||Wild 'n Out||Herself - Team Captain/Performer||1 episode|
|2017||Hip Hop Squares||Herself - Contestant||1 episode|
|2017||The Mane Event||Herself - Bridesmaid|
|2018||Love & Hip Hop: New York||Herself||1 episode|
|2018–present||Love & Hip Hop: Miami||Herself||Main cast|
...another Liberty City native, 24-year-old Katrina Taylor, better known as Trina, will command the future.
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