In Celebration Of La Chat: A Hip Hop Queen

While Cardi B has the world reminiscing the excellence of 2001 song Chickenhead by Project Pat, often people forget to mention La Chat, the gangsta bit*h who's lyrical flair helped the song become a hit. 

If there is a Southern rap song from 2001-2007 with a female verse you cant put a name on, you are probably jamming to La Chat. 

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Born Chastity Daniels in Memphis, Tenn, La Chat's lyrical presence is as thuggish as the men who she stood beside. A majority of her work was created as she was signed to Hypnotize Minds, a record label started by DJ Paul and Juicy J.  

La Chat was discovered through word of mouth. Exploring her lyrical talents at a young age, another local talent told Three Six Mafia member Juicy J about her who in turn, came to see her at a talent show. An interview with the rapper shared on website SoManyShrimp reveals the story behind her rap career. 

Yeah, I think I was in the 9th grade. This started back when they were still underground, and I was doing talent shows and stuff like that. Really, this other rapper I knew told them about me, and that’s what made him [Juicy J] come out and see me. After that he called me one day and he was like “I want to hear you rap!” And I was like “You want to hear me rap? Uh… can you call back, my mom is in the room.” [laughs] So, he was like – Juicy, he’s got two characters. He’s “Juicy” and then he’s Jordan. So he was like “aw man, you can’t rap?” and he hung up. So then I was like damn, I missed my chance. But he ended up calling back and this time he was Jordan, he was like “Hi, how are you doing? I want to hear you rap and see if you can buss a little rhyme.” So this time I went outside and said a little rap for him, after that we went on dropping mixtapes and stuff like that, but I went out of town before they signed their major label deal.
— La Chat x SoManyShrimp

Although La Chat's career has not lead to super stardom,  her talent and impact is not to be ignored. On songs with Yo Gotti, Project Pat, Three Six Mafia or any other gritty, southern rapper, La Chat comes just as hard.  During a time where female rappers from the south were on the rise, she remained true to her roots in the streets. 

like to represent for real stuff. I like to rap and have someone feel like “Man, that’s me. That’s what I’m going through.” It’s easy to get on a track and rap about I got this, I got that, but what about the ones that don’t have it. Who’s going to represent them? So that’s my title, I’m the hood homegirl.
— La Chat x SoManyShrimp

The 2000s seen a rise in popularity for rappers from the south. Memphis, Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans were all battling for the top spot in hip hop and in a male dominated world La Chat and many other women in rap such as Trina, Diamond and Princess of Crime Mob and Mia X had to work twice as hard. 

La Chat created her own lane in hip hop and female rap by keeping it street, avoiding highly sexualized and raunchy tracks. In an interview with HipHopDx the rapper shares whether or not avoiding raunchy rap was a strategized decision. When asked "One of the most noticeable things was that you never put your sexuality at the forefront of your music. Was that a conscious decision or just natural" she answered the following: 

I just figured that they should already know that I’m too hard. My sexuality is straight on the real, just to let everybody know. A bitch can’t do nothing for me, they too soft. I don’t trust bitches, period; point blank. You too weak minded. I don’t fuck with them. Y’all will get me set up, hurt and killed. I don’t like bitches
— La Chat x HipHopDX
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Despite being more difficult, La Chat remained strong and released verse after verse of authentic, Memphis street sound.  Her debut album Murder She Spoke was released in 2001 and she went on to release six more albums as well as  multiple mixtapes and guest verses.  La Chat's gangsta sound and lyrical talent has been underrated yet influential to other women and men in hip hop. 

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