EXCLUSIVE: Rapper Trina Breaks Down Her Latina Roots

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Hip-hop artist, Trina established herself as the "Diamond Princess" after the release of her sophomore album, sharing the same title, dropped in 2005. Since then, the rapper has produced several hits including her fourth album, Still The Baddest, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts.

We heard the Florida-based artist is Latina, so we tracked her down to get a breakdown of her roots. Find out what she had to say below:

What is your ethnic background?

"My dad is Dominican and my mom is from the Bahamas."

What did your dad teach you about Dominican culture?

"Nothing, he was very absent in my life. I really have no connection to the Dominican side of the family. It’s sad, but it’s the truth. I do have friends who are Dominican and it’s a wonderful culture. I’m sad that I wasn’t really exposed to it as a kid."

Have you traveled there or admire anything specific of the culture?

"I have! And I love Caribbean music and food."

What do you love about being Latina?

"I’m very proud of who I am. Just to be part of that whole mixed culture is a beautiful thing. I want to dig into my roots more and find out that different side about myself more."

What are you working on now?

"I'm in the studio working on a new album and I'm about to drop a mixtape. I excited and just working. Hopefully the new album will be ready by late fall. I can't wait to get back on the stage."

Now you can spot Trina on Walter Latham’s Comedy After Dark show, also starring Jenna Jameson, Carolina Catalino, and Rosa Acosta, starting July 7th.

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