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Samantha Davon James (born December 18, 1986), better known by her stage name 3D Na'Tee, is an American rapper, songwriter, and video director. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in the 3rd Ward. 3D Na'Tee has been featured on several national media outlets such as MTV, The Source Magazine, XXL Magazine, The Fader Magazine, RapRadar and RapRehab. She has also received attention from Louisiana newspapers and music magazines.
In her middle school years, 3D Na'Tee honed her skills by what is called in New Orleans, ribbin' (rib - ing). Most people know this as "Playing the Dozens". Someone would start a beat by beating on a lunch room table or a garbage can, and off she went, lyrically attacking someone who was bold enough to test her skill. The rhymes were mostly about what they were wearing, how lame they were, or silly they looked.
In 1999 she joined a local label called Clientell Records, with CEO Kris (Lil' 90) Reed, C Stacks (rapper), Terror Pachino (rapper), Black Yankee (artist Management/Development), and Maudy-Mar (producer). One member recalls "I remember the first day we were introduced to her. We found it funny that we were adding a female to the roster, because we heard many wack females who said they could spit and were garbage. Our producer created a dark beat that day, and everyone had pen to paper, except her. She was just sitting in the corner quiet. When the beat was done, we had her record her verse last, that way if she was wack, we could cut her verse off the end and leave 2 people on it. She stepped in the booth with no pen or paper, and when we counted her off, we all stood up in shock. In my opinion she spit so hard, everyone wanted to change their verse. We left it just like it was and officially made her our artist. I have yet to run across someone that has the focus and drive that she has."
Over the next five years she would record multiple mixtapes under the "Snypa Squad" and feature on other projects Clientell Records came out with.
In 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina, 3D Na'Tee, who had previously established herself as a battler rapper amongst the local rap scene in New Orleans, released her first mix tape project "3's Company Vol.1: The Rapper, The Hustler, the Diva" followed by Volume 2 in 2007. After the release of her second project, she appeared on The Kush 2 DVD which was produced by YMCMB president Mack Maine. The DVD featured other Cash Money/Young Money artist like Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Birdman as well as Curren$y of Warner Bros. Records
After the local success of her first two releases and her critically acclaimed appearance on The Kush 2, she released her third mix tape Heavy Is the head That Wears The Crown followed by a music video for a song she titled, Guess Who's Coming 2 Dinner. That video peaked the interest of G-Unit Records affiliate and Shade 45 Sirius XM radio host Nelson Gomez who invited her to New York for an interview on his XM show as well as on rapper 50 Cents' wildly popular ThisIs50.com website. Soon after, the talk of her third release also got her featured in HipHop Weekly Magazine by Benzino, former co-owner of The Source Magazine.
Because of video releases like Guess Who's Coming 2 Dinner which spoofed many mainstream hip hop artists, 3D Na'Tee's music has been described as controversial and sometimes offensive. That song also shared the title of her for mix tape released in 2010.
Guess Who's Coming 2 Dinner (The Mixtape) lead to 3D Na'Tee being nominated for a total of 5 Nola HipHop Awards by her in her home town at the NOLA Hiphop Awards. She won three awards (the most awards won by a single artist) for Lyricist of the Year, Mixtape of the Year, and Female Artist of the Year. The mixtape included collaborations from Curren$y (courtesy of Warner Bros. Records), Ebony Eyez, and Babs Bunny (formally of Sean "Diddy" Combs) founded group, Da Band.
July 27, 2011 3D Na'Tee released a video for Switch which she shot and edited herself. The song included several previously released instrumental versions of songs produced by super producer Timbaland. This video gained her a nomination for Director of the Year and an award for Video of the Year. Because of the momentum the Switch video gained the day of its release, Timbaland viewed it online and in less than 24 hours, flew 3D Na'Tee to Miami's Hit Factory Studio to work with her on her next project, The Coronation. After several months spent traveling with Timbaland and other artist signed to his label, a contract was presented to 3D Na'Tee to sign to Timbaland's production company Mosely Music Group and to be managed by members of Timbaland's management team. 3D Na'Tee and Timbaland later announced via Twitter that she was no longer a part of Timbaland's company because she decided not to sign the contract presented. In a later interview, 3D Na'Tee explained that there was no ill feelings towards Timbaland and cited her reasons for not signing were strictly because of contractual clauses that could not be agreed upon.
Exactly two years after 3D Na'Tee's last mix tape release, she released her highly anticipated street album The Coronation which featured artists like Keri Hilson, Young Fletcher, and Lyrica Anderson. The Coronation also featured production from Mizay Entertainment's Lex Luger, Maybach Music Group's Yung Shun, Heartbeatz, Casa Di, Versive Manhattan, Serious Beats, Da Smokestarz, among others.
In August 2012 it was announced by DJ Skee, Sirius Satellite Radio Host, that the first release from The Coronation entitled NO LOVE produced by MMG's Young Shun was the #9 most requested song in the country. The Coronation's second release, Lil Kim produced by Casa Di gained tons of recognition as well as it was featured on both The Source and The Fader Magazines' websites. Lil Kim was a cautionary tale of a young girl with an absentee father who, because of her father's absence, unfortunately grew up and "fell in love" too fast. The song and its video (directed by Charley Mac), gained a lot of attention from tons of hiphop artist like Trina, Missy Elliott, and Grammy Award Winning Chamillionaire, who featured 3D Na'Tee's video on his famed social site www.chamillionaire.com.
- "MTV: SuckaFree Freestyle: 3D Na'Tee". Retrieved may 8th 2011.
- "THE SOURCE MAGAZINE: Top Up & Coming Female Rapper Releases Her Latest Project".
- "XXL: Surviving The Times: Erick Sermon Talks About New Mixtape, Digital Label & Reviving Skills".
- "SHAHEEM REID: 5 STAR REVIEW FROM XXL'S EDITOR-AT-LARGE SHAHEEM REID & @TEAMSHAHEEM".
- "THE FADER MAGAZINE: Features 3D Na'Tee - Lil Kim".
- "RAPRADAR: RapRadar Search Features".
- "RAPREHAB: RapRehab's Featured Artist".
- "THE SMOKING SECTION: 3D Na'Tee is Back and we have been invited to her Coronation".
- "NOLA.COM: 4X Nola HipHop Award Winner 3D Na'Tee Raises The Bar Again By Being The First Native HipHop Artist With A Mobile App".
- "3DNATEE.COM: BIO".
- "WOMEN OF HIPHOP: 3D Na'Tee Explains How HipHop Saved Her Life, Talks Female Rap, and More".
- "OFFBEAT MAGAZINE: Nola HipHop Awards Nominees Finalized".
- "ASHLEE NICOLE SPILLS: Winners of the 2010 HipHop Awards Announced".
- "STL TODAY: Ebony Eyez Returns With A Story 2 Tell".
- "SYFFAL: Forming Da Band".
- "ALL MUSIC.COM: Da Band's Discography".
- "MTV: SUCKERFREE FREESTYLE: 3DNATEE".
- "RHAPSODY: Syleena Johnson".
- "WORLDSTARHIPHOP: 3D Na'Tee's Switch".
- "THE FADER MAGAZINE: 3D Na'Tee - Lil Kim".
- "ONWAX MAGAZINE: Rapper 3D Na'Tee shoots 'Wild' video in New Orleans, produced by Lex Luger".
- "DJSMALLZ.COM: INTERVIEW: SOUTHERN SMOKE TV! 3D NA'TEE (@3DNATEE) SPEAKS ON TURNING DOWN RECORD DEAL WITH TIMBALAND".
- "WOMEN OF HIPHOP: [WOHH EXCLUSIVE]!".
- "SIRIUS XM: #9 Song in the Country".
- "FADER MAGAZINE: 3D Na'Tee Releases Lil Kim".
- "WEBSTAGRAM: Trina Talks to 3D Na'Tee about 'Lil Kim".
- "BIG DOOR: Chamillionaire".