The Female Rappers:
Must be something in the water! One of the first female rappers to rep Trinidad hard, Foxy Brown is the daughter of two Trinidadian parents. Her father was allegedly both Trini and Asian, actually. Since she’s came out in the ’90s, Inga Marchand has expressed her love for the island (“My parents are from Trinidad. I’m Trinidadian. I’m West Indian. That is the music I grew up on…I am the only Trini chick that can kick yard s**t.”), even wanting to be a youth ambassador for Trinidad: “I’ve forged many political alliances and I’m well-versed, articulate and educated. Beyond just having a vast amount of music industry experience, I am a staunch believer in being the voice for our young Trinidadian people.” Well, alright.
Onika Minaj is actually one of the few ladies from the rap “elite” who was born in Trinidad, Saint James to be specific, which is a suburb in Port-of-Spain. At the age of five, Minaj’s mother (who was already in the U.S. at the time), came back to visit and took Minaj back to Queens with her. As she’s grown up and been in the spotlight, Minaj has showed love to Trinidad, performing there, featuring the island in her MTV special, “My Time Now,” and even filming her most recent video there, “Pound the Alarm.”
The first lady of Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang crew, yes Monroe is Trini. Or to be specific, she’s half Ethiopian, and half Trinidadian. Though she was born in Ethiopia, her father is Trinidadian, and she was raised in Washington, D.C.
As K. Michelle pointed out on the reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” Redd doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, so all the details on her life have to be scraped from a few different places. But what we do know is that Redd was born in NYC but raised with her West Indian family in Trinidad. She goes for the pop, hip-hop and reggae sound with her music, and you can even catch her trying to spit a taste of her own version of the Trini rap sound on the show.