“We like them shawwt and we like them tawwwl/We like them one, and we like them awwwl.. ” says Bunny and Lady Tigra of L’Trimm, a duo of gum-snappin’ lady MCs from Florida who knew exactly what they wanted and weren’t afraid to list it out. I wasn’t old enough to truly appreciate their mature tastes, as I bopped around the skating rink with roller skates and a grape Fanta, but their catchy tunes and style made a lasting imprint on my young mind.
Lady Tigra (Rachel de Rougemont) and Bunny D. (Elana Cager) were best buds in high school, writing raps and battling the boys at the lunch table. But it was thanks to their daily ride home with a local MC, Mighty Rock, and a spontaneous pitstop at the studio that they were discovered in the studio rapping for fun, penning their first song, “Grab It”. Paul Klein of Hot Productions instantly loved their style and started making hook-friendly hits for the ladies. This led to their biggest and only nationwide hit, “Cars That Go Boom”, a song that went Top 40 and afforded them a nationwide tour. They signed a distribution deal with Atlantic Records for their second album, Drop That Bottom, which did relatively well, but didn’t produce any more hits comparable to their first. Concurrently, the genre to which they belonged, Miami Bass, started to wane in popularity – an unfortunate circumstance in their budding career.
Unsatisfied with their contractual obligations and new direction their music was taking, they left Hot Productions midway through their third album, Groovy, and disbanded. Hot Productions released the album anyway, but with its mostly House Music-inflection throughout, it did poorly on the stands, with critics and their former fans. While Bunny decided to leave the industry for good, Lady Tigra stuck around and moved to NY, managing nightclubs and making music with friends. In 2007, she came back on the scene with her solo debut Please Mr. Boombox, and even had an ode to her former partner-in-rhyme, entitled “Bass on the Bottom”, revisiting their old style of rap. With the retro revival surging in Hip-Hop nowadays, it seems that whomever is poised to take the torch (Kid Sister, Nola D?) might learn from their mistakes and keep the Lady Bass movement boomin‘.
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