Two years after landing a guest verse on Trick Daddy’s 1998 album, www.thug.com, Miami rapper Trina released her debut, Baddest B***h. Tucked at the end of the 18-track record, almost as if it were an afterthought, was the best cut of them all, “Pull Over,” which showcases Trina’s whiplash rapping abilities, her Southern, sassy voice, and her clever, au courant lyrics.
Two years later, she released Diamond Princess, an eclectic, Southern-rap- and crunk-leaning record featuring guest appearances from some of the biggest names of the time, like Eve, Rick Ross, Missy Elliott, Ludacris, and Fabolous. The album’s highest charting songs — “No Panties” and “B R Right” — were also its most salacious and sexually explicit, and set a precedent for Trina as an artist who wasn’t afraid of talking about sex or being ashamed of her body and what she likes.
Many of her works, like her recent single “If It Ain’t Me,” featuring K Michelle, call out cheating men, deceptive boyfriends, and fuck boys, themes that have won the rapper legions of female fans who applaud the empowering and vitriolic lines in her music.
In the last few years, she’s become an avid Facebook user — her nickname should be changed from Diamond Princess to Repost Princess — and one of her recent posts links to a website that helps people find out if their partner is cheating on them.
“Ladies, ever wonder who that fuck boy been texting or calling when you’re not around?” Trina wrote. “Yeah? So is the rest of the world. This site is exposing the cheaters!!!!”
Trina’s tunes have mellowed out over the years, leaning more toward ’90s R&B tunes and heartfelt ballads, while also swapping singing and belting for rapping. She’s clearly in an adventurous phase right now, and as recently as last year, she released an EDM-inspired track called “Obsessed,” replete with bass drops and dance beats.
Her upcoming sixth album — tentatively titled The One — will most likely be a mixed bag of hip-hop and slower cuts, filled with strong messages about self-love and anti-fuck boy rhetoric.
performs at 9 p.m., Saturday, June 24, for Swagger Like Us’ Queer Pride Party at Mezzanine. $20-$60; mezzaninesf.com