Katrina Laverne Taylor (born December 3, 1978), better known by her stage name Trina, is an American rapper and model from Miami, Florida. Trina first gained notoriety in 1998 with her appearance on Trick Daddy's second studio album www.thug.com, in the single “Nann Nigga”. Since then she has released five moderately successful studio albums; XXL Magazine calls her “the most consistent female rapper of all time”. Source Magazine celebrated Trina’s career for the 2012 Women’s History month. In 2013,Complex Magazine ranked Pull Over #27 in their top 50 best rap songs by women.
Trina is of Dominican descent on her father’s side; her mother is of Bahamian descent Trina’s parents were separated while she was growing up. She lived in Liberty City and in Pembroke Isle, Florida. She attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School.
In her spare time, Trina wrote rap rhymes, which caught the the attention of Miami rapper Trick Daddy whom then approached her 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.
In an interview for Crusade magazine online, Trina commented that on this album, much of the work was done for her; she did not have creative control, but simply delivered lyrics. "Everybody was like we got this beat, we got this, we got that, we want you to get in there and write to this track, write to this song, write to this topic."
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 Albumschart. 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.
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. Trina was able to choose her own production, name of the songs, and write whatever she wanted to write. She told TheCrusade.net, "It’s more what Trina’s about, how Trina looks, how Trina feels, the things that Trina consists of."
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.
Trina dated Rapper Lil Wayne on and off from early 2005 to the summer of 2007. On October 5, 2005, during an interview with Wendy Williams, Trina confirmed that she and Wayne were happy and engaged to be married. Trina later became pregnant by Wayne, but suffered a miscarriage. The couple also have each other’s name tattooed on them. Trina has “Wayne” on her wrist, and Lil Wayne has “Trina” spelled out on his ring finger. Trina songs “Single Again”, “Here We Go”, “Don’t Go”, “So Many Memories”, “Way I felt, and “All Alone” are all about the relationship.
Trina Dated NBA Star Kenyon Martin from 2007-2010. He had her lips tattooed on his neck.
Besides the relationships,Trina started the Diamond Doll Foundation.It’s a non-profit organization that helps younger girls with their life struggles. The organization is also in partner with the Florida Entertainment Summit. It’s to organize the Jingle Bell Toy Drive in an effort to bring joy to children in the South Florida area.