An MC from the south side of Chicago -- and the daughter of blues guitarist Buddy Guy
(Rashawnna Guy) began writing rhymes while in high school. She caught her first break in 1996, when her duo Infamous Syndicate
opened for Junior M.A.F.I.A.
in Chicago. Infamous Syndicate
signed to Relativity a year later and released Changing the Game
in 1999. The album didn't live up to its title, despite production help from No ID and Kanye West
; the duo was dropped and eventually split. Shawnna
then hooked up with Ludacris
, who granted her a spot on his break-out single "What's Your Fantasy." Two years after an album with Luda
's Disturbing Tha Peace
crew, she finally released Worth Tha Weight
, her solo debut for Def Jam. West
, Just Blaze
, and Jermaine Dupri
chipped in with production support.