Trina has paid tribute to her late mother Vernessa Taylor during her NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and took a moment to applaud herself for being rap’s original “baddest bitch.”
The Miami rap legend ran through a few of her biggest hits during the intimate 15-minute performance, but took a minute in the early moments of the show to shout out her mom for raising her.
“This first song is dedicated to my mom,” Trina said before performing “Mama.” “Without her, there would be no me, and she’s the reason that I’m standing here right now for you guys. So I want you to just enjoy.”
As Trina closed out the track, she added: “It’s a very personal song to me and if anybody has ever lost their mom or somebody special in their life, I dedicate this song to you.”
Vernessa Taylor passed away at the age of 62 in 2019 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
“Thank you all for your kind words and condolences regarding Trina’s mother,” a rep for the rapper told ET at the time. “It truly gives the family some peace and comfort knowing that ‘Nessa’ lived such a fulfilling life filled with love and abundance.”
During her Tiny Desk Concert, Trina then switched gears and dove into her 2000 hit “Da Baddest Bitch.” “Now, I wanna introduce you guys to the baddest bitch,” she said. “The original baddest bitch.”
The 44-year-old rounded out her setlist by performing “Single Again,” “Here We Go” and her 1999 collaboration with Trick Daddy, “Nann N-gga.”
Watch the performance below.
“Nann N-gga” actually has a special place in Trina’s heart, as the self-proclaimed Baddest Bitch told HipHopDX at the BET Hip Hop Awards last year that it’s home to her “realest” verse.
N-gga, you don’t know nann ho, uh-uh/ Done tried all types of shit/ Who quick to deep throat the dick/ And let another bitch straight lick the clit,” she raps on the record.
“‘Naan’ was the first one. That was the raw one,” Trina told DX. “That was raunchy. It was one of those things where I just did it, I didn’t really care about it after the thought.”
She added: “Everything else, now I think about it, I go alter it a little bit. ‘Oh, this is too nasty, take it out.’ ‘Naan?’ No. We’re going hardcore from the gate.”
Trina’s Tiny Desk Concert comes after she was honored at the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards with the “I Am Hip Hop” Award, which recognizes an artist’s outstanding impact on Hip Hop culture.
“I am honored to receive and accept the 2022 I Am Hip Hop Award presented by BET,” she said. “As a legend with over 20 years in the music industry, consistency and unity have contributed to my Rockstarr power as a femcee.”
She added: “I believe when one woman wins, whether it’s in front of the camera or behind the scenes, we all WIN. Let’s keep winning!”