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Trina Treats NPR Tiny Desk Concert to the Best of ‘The Baddest’
Miami rap veteran Trina brought classics like “Single Again” and “Here We Go” to NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR Tiny Desk Concert viewers got a reintroduction to Trina this week. The former Slip-N-Slide Records artist recently appeared on NPR radio show Louder Than A Riot, and later brought her classics like “Da Baddest Bitch” and “Single Again” to the Tiny Desk.
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"I wanna introduce you guys to the baddest bitch," Trina told the audience, joined by a set of background vocalists and a four-member backing band. "The original baddest bitch."
During an emotional opening to the special event, Trina mourned her late mother (who died of cancer in 2019) with a performance of “Mama.” “Da Baddest Bitch,” “Single Again,” “Here We Go,” and "Nann Ni**a" followed, as Trina’s backing vocalists (featuring Asher Makeba Williams, Nia McClain, Shannon McClain, and Corey "C.O." Evans) occasionally hyped up the 44-year-old rapper.
During her appearance on Louder Than A Riot, Trina spoke about coming into the rap game and the impact she’s had on it, saying: "I believe in who I am. The game didn't make me; I made the game. I made it. I already came in with a motive and an initiative to know who I am from. That's why I breed a whole universe of bad bitches."
Last August, Trina’s sophomore album Diamond Princess celebrated its 20th anniversary, while her 2000 debut Da Baddest Bitch is quickly approaching its silver jubilee. Also in 2022, the Love & Hip-Hop: Miami star collected her I Am Hip-Hop Award during the BET Hip-Hop Awards. This summer, the rapper will be a performer on the Rock the Bells Cruise: A Hip-Hop Experience.