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Khia
Birth name Khia Finch
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Origin Tampa, Florida, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, songwriter, record producer
Years active 2000–present
Labels Artemis, Thug Misses, Big Cat
Website www.myspace.com/khia

Khia Chambers, better known as Khia (pronounced /ˈkaɪ.ə/ KYE), is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Khia is best known for her song "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)", which became a top five hit in the UK and pushed her album to gold-selling status in the U.S.

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Personal background

Khia was born in Philadelphia.[1] As a child, she studied tap and African dances, was a cheerleader, and performed in talent shows and parades. Before becoming a rapper, she worked as a bartender at Club XS in Tampa, Florida. Her mother died from kidney failure in 2000.[2] Khia has two children.[3]

Music career

2002–2003: Thug Misses

Khia's debut album, Thug Misses, was released on April 23, 2002 on Artemis Records as a re-release from the original version by Dirty Down Records. It topped the Billboard Independent Albums chart and peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[4] The lead single "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" became a breakthrough hit, charting at #42 on the Hot 100 chart and #12 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.[5] MTV News reported that she wrote "My Neck, My Back" in 15 minutes.[3] The single was also featured on the soundtrack of Fox's TV series Dark Angel. The second single, "You My Girl", was a dedication to her mother. "The K-Wang" followed but did not chart.[1]

2003–2006: Going independent

After years of touring, Khia's second album, Gangstress, was released in July 2006 on her own independent record label, Thug Misses Entertainment. The album debuted at number 67 on the "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song" charts. The first single was "Snatch the Cat Back",

In 2004, Khia appeared on a track with Trick Daddy and Tampa Tony called "Jump On It" from Trick's album Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets. Later in 2006, Khia also collaborated with Janet Jackson on her hit "So Excited".

In Fall 2006, Khia released a mixtape, All Hail the Queen: Hit 'Em Up Mixtape, after the release of the album.

2007–2008: Nasti Muzik

After signing to Big Cat Records, and still with her own label Thug Misses Entertainment, Khia finished working on her third studio album, Nasti Muzik, released on July 22, 2008. "What They Do" was the first promotional single on the album, which featured Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane. The first single, "Be Your Lady", was produced by Tampa's Push-a-Key Productions. The album included featurings from Gucci Mane and Maceo. Khia promoted the up-and-coming album by releasing a mixtape entitled The Boss Lady, which was hosted by DJ Scream.

On July 2, 2008, three weeks prior to the release of Nasti Muzik, Khia made an official announcement on her MySpace blog that she would no longer be working with Big Cat. Lack of promotion for the album, as well as an alleged fraudulent check written out to Khia by the label, were the main causes she cited for the split. Despite Khia's troubles with the label, Nasti Muzik was not affected by her departure from Big Cat and was released as scheduled.

2009–present: Motor Mouf

Khia is currently working on her fourth studio album, Motor Mouf A.K.A. Khia Shamone, releasing in Spring of 2010. The album will be a double disc. The first single is "Been A Bad Girl".

Discography

Albums

Mixtapes

  • All Hail the Queen: Hit 'Em Up Mixtape (2006)
  • The Boss Lady (2008))

References

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