Katrina Laverne Taylor (born December 3, 1978), better known by
her stage name Trina, is an American rapper, songwriter and model
from Miami, Florida. Trina first gained notoriety in 1998 with
her appearance on Trick Daddy's second studio album www.thug.com
to the single "Nann Nigga". Since then she has released
five moderately successful studio albums and has been named The
Most Consistent Female Rapper of All-Time by XXL Magazine.
Trina's parents were separated while she was growing up. Trina's
mother is African American and her father is Dominican. She lived
in both the Liberty City housing projects in Miami and Pembroke Pines
of Florida. She attended Miami Northwestern High School.
Miami rapper Trick Daddy approached Trina in 1998 to be featured
on his song "Nann Nigga". The song was later released as
the lead single from his second studio album, www.thug.com, which
was released in September 1998. The single later became a hit as
it reached number sixty-two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number
three on the Rap Songs chart. Thanks to the success of the single,
Trina gained popularity and signed a record deal with Slip-n-Slide
Records with distribution from Atlantic Records. Trina subsequently
began work on her debut album.
On March 21, 2000, Trina's debut album Da Baddest Bitch was released.
The album debuted at number thirty-three on the US Billboard 200
and number eleven on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Da
Baddest Bitch was certified Gold in November 2000 by the RIAA.
It stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for twenty-nine weeks and on
the Hip-Hop/R&B album chart for forty-nine consecutive weeks.
The album was preceded by the lead single "Da Baddest Bitch" in
February 2000. The single failed to chart on any chart but the Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, on which it reached number sixty-four.
The second and final single from the album, "Pull Over",
was released in June 2000 and became a mild hit as it reached number
ninety-three on the Hot 100, number forty-six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop
Songs chart and number forty-one on the Rap Songs chart.
 2000–2003: Diamond Princess
After promotion for her debut album ended in mid-2000, Trina began
recording music with Missy Elliott to create her second studio album.
Recording sessions lasted from 2000 to 2002.
On August 27, 2002, Trina released her second album Diamond Princess.
The album debuted at number fourteen on the Billboard 200 and number
five on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It sold 67,000 units
in its first week.
The album spawned three singles. The lead single, "Told Ya'll",
featuring Rick Ross reached number sixty-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop
Songs chart. , was released in July 2002. The second single, "No
Panties", featuring Tweet was released in January 2003 but only
reached number eighty-eight on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
However, it became her first single to chart outside of the US, as
it reached number forty-five on the UK Singles Chart. The third and
final single from the album, "B R Right", featuring Ludacris,
was also released in January 2003 and reached number eighty-three
on the Hot 100, number fifty on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
and number twenty-four on the Rap Songs chart, becoming a fairly
 2005: Glamorest Life
Trina's third studio album, Glamorest Life, was released on October
4, 2005. The album debuted at number eleven on the Billboard
200, number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number
two on the Top Rap Albums chart. It sold 77,000 units in its first
The album was preceded by the lead single, "Don't Trip",
featuring Lil Wayne, in June 2005. The single wasn't largely successful,
however, as it only reached number seventy-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop
Songs chart. The second and final single from the album, "Here
We Go", featuring Kelly Rowland, was released in September 2005.
The single reached seventeen on the Hot 100, number eight on the
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number three on the Hot Rap Songs
chart. The single also reached the Top 20 in most countries worldwide,
becoming Trina's first majorly successful single. The single was
certified Gold in the US in June 2006. In 2007, Trina left Atlantic
Records and signed to EMI in conjunction with her original label,
 2007-2008: Mixtapes, Still Da Baddest, Pretty Money
In 2007, Trina began work on her fourth studio album. To give fans
a preview of the upcoming album, Trina released two mixtapes: Rockstarr
Royalty and the Baddest Chick 2: Reloaded. Both were largely successful,
with the first being released in early 2007 and the latter being
released in the fall of 2007. Trina originally planned for her fourth
studio album to be released in February 2008, but the album was delayed
by a few months in order for Trina to put "finishing touches" on
Trina's fourth studio album, Still da Baddest was released on April
1, 2008. The album reached number six on the Billboard 200, number
one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number one on the
Top Rap Albums chart, becoming Trina's first album to top charts.
First week sales were 47,000.
Trina's fourth studio album was preceded by the lead single "Single
Again" in November 2007. The single reached number twenty-five
on the Bubbling Under Hot 100, number fifty-nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop
Songs chart and number nineteen on the Rap Songs chart, becoming
a mild hit. The second single from the album, "I Got a Thang
for You", featuring Keyshia Cole, was released in February 2008
and reached number twenty-one on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 and number
fifty-nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it a fairly
successful single. The third and final single from the album, "Look
Back to Me", featuring Killer Mike, produced by Hard Hat Productions
was a regional hit club record.
In 2008, Trina created the Miami-based female rap duo, Pretty Money,
with members Nisha and An-G. The group was to be featured on Trina's
fifth studio album, but this never came about. The duo has yet to
release any music. Following the creation of the group, Trina
began work on her fifth studio album in 2009.and in 2010.
 2009-2010: Amazin'
The lead single from her fifth studio album, "That's My Attitude",
was released in October 2009 but failed to chart. Because of this,
the song was dubbed a buzz single. A mixtape, Amazin' (The Mixtape),
was released in November 2009 in promotion of her fifth studio album.
Another mixtape, The Definition Of A Million Dollar Girl, was released
in January 2010 following the release of her fifth studio album's
lead single. Nude pictures of Trina leaked in February 2010, and
Trina appeared on The Mo'Nique Show in March 2010 to address the
leaking of the pictures.
Trina's fifth studio album, Amazin', was released on May 4, 2010.
Because of this album, Trina is the first female rapper to release
a fifth studio album. Amazin' debuted at number thirteen on the Billboard
200, number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, number
two on the Top Rap Albums chart and number one on the Billboard Independent
Albums chart. The album sold over 32,000 copies in its first week
of release. Despite its low sales, the album received near
positive reviews from critics.
The album was preceded by the official lead single, "Million
Dollar Girl" featuring Diddy and Keri Hilson, in January 2010.
The single was mildly successful, as it reached number sixty-one
on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number twenty on the Rap
Songs chart. A second single, "White Girl", featuring Flo
Rida and Git Fresh, was released in June 2010 but failed to chart. "My
Bitches" was going to be released as the album's third single
in July 2010 but its release was canceled. The album's third official
single, "Always", featuring Monica, was released in August
2010 and has reached number forty-two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop
 2011: Diamonds Are Forever, Upcoming sixth studio album
In preparation for her upcoming sixth studio album, Trina released
a mixtape entitled Diamonds Are Forever on March 28, 2011. Prior
to the full release, Trina released three singles from the mixtape,
which includes "Ghetto" featuring T-Pain, "Waist So
Skinny" featuring Rick Ross, and "Can I" featuring
Mýa. The mixtape was successful, receiving 4.8 million views
in two days. In a recent interview with MTVuk, Trina says that
her sixth album is expected to be out by the end of the year and
that there will be more pop/crossover music on the album. Trina is
the only female hip hop artist, besides Missy Elliott, to work on
a sixth album. On May 17th 2011, Trina released the next
single off of her mixtape "Red Bottoms".
Main article: Trina discography
Da Baddest Bitch (2000)
Diamond Princess (2002)
Glamorest Life (2005)
Still da Baddest (2008)
Trina & Pretty Money - Millionaire’s Girls Club
Trina - Trick-or-Trina
Trina & Qwote - Best of Both Worlds (Ladies Edition)
Trina - Trina Introduces: Victoria Balenciaga
Trina - The Definition of a Million Dollar Girl
Trina - Amazin’ (The Mixtape)
Trina & Pretty Money - C.R.E.A.M.
Trina - Rockstarr: The Baddest Bitch Reloaded
Trina - Who’s Bad?
Trina - Rockstarr Royalty
Trina - The Diary Of The Baddest Chick
Trina - Diamonds Are Forever
 Awards and nominations
2001: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist - (Nominated)
2002: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist – (Nominated)
2003: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist – (Nominated)
2006: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist – (Nominated)
2008: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist – (Nominated)
2009: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist – (Nominated)
2010: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist – (Nominated)
American Music Awards
2005: Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist - (Nominated)
MTV Video Music Awards
2002: Best Hip-Hop Video: "One Minute Man" - (Nominated)
w/ Ludacris and Missy Elliott
2002: Best Direction in a Video: "One Minute Man"- (Nominated) w/
Ludacris and Missy Elliott
2002: Best Special Effects in a Video: "One Minute Man"- (Nominated)
w/ Ludacris and Missy Elliot
2002: Best Art Direction in a Video: "One Minute Man"- (Nominated)
w/ Ludacris and Missy Elliot
2002: Best Editing in a Video: "One Minute Man"- (Nominated) w/ Ludacris
and Missy Elliot
2002: Best Cinematography in a Video: "One Minute Man"- (Nominated)
w/ Ludacris and Missy Elliot
2008: Best Hip Hop Video - "Wish I Never Met Your " - (Nominated)
2010: Best Remix Of the Year "5 Star Chick" – (Winner) w/ Yo
Gotti, Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj
Soul Train Music Awards
2001: Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video – "Pull Over " -
2002: Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video – "Told Y'all w/ Rick
Ross "- (Nominated)
The Source Awards
2001: Best New Artist – Nominated
2002: Single Of The Year – Female Solo Artist – "B R Right" -
2004: Remix of the Year – "Right Thurr" – (Winner)
2010: Power of Influence Award – (Winner)
BMI London Awards 
2006: Here We Go w/ Kelly Rowland – (Winning Song)
BMI Urban Awards 
2007: Here We Go w/ Kelly Rowland – (Winning Song)
Billboard Music Award
2001: R&B/Hip-Hop Group-Take It To Da House w/ Trick Daddy and The SNS
Express – (Winner)
2011: International Friend of Reggae Honoree