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L'Trimm was a Miami Bass hip-hop duo composed of Lady Tigra and Bunny D, two women from Kendall, Florida (an area of Dade County, slightly south-west of Miami). The group recorded three albums for Atlantic Records: Grab It! in 1988 (before the two of them were eighteen), Drop That Bottom in 1989 (which led The Source to name the group Hip-Hop Goddesses of the Month), and Groovy in 1991.
Lady Tigra (Rachel de Rougemont) and Bunny D. (Elana Cager) met in high school, and regularly attended Skylight Express, a teen-night dance club in Kendall that featured live performances by national hip-hop artists (including L.L. Cool J and Salt N PePa), as well as local, Miami Bass music and artists such as 2 Live Crew and the Gucci Crew. They were featured dancers on the syndicated TV show Miami Teen Express that was taped and aired every week throughout South Florida, Atlanta, Metro New York and was produced by Douglas Productions which produced a string of local and syndicated cable programs. The girls quickly struck up a friendship when they discovered their shared love of all things hip-hop. Tigra was an amateur graffiti artist, poet and break-dancer who wrote rhymes. Bunny D. was a classically trained dancer and performer who also wrote hip-hop lyrics. The duo formed a group called XTC and would battle boys during their lunch period. Female emcees were a rarity at the time and the girls soon gained the attention of local rapper Mighty Rock of the group Double Deuce, who used to drive them home from school. One afternoon, Mighty Rock needed to stop by the Hot Productions studios. During the meeting, Tigra and Bunny went into a recording booth and began rhyming for fun. Paul Klein of Hot Productions caught the girls and employed Larry Davis to construct some hook-oriented tracks for the group, around the girls' pre-written rhymes. Tigra was 15 years old and Bunny was 17 years old when the girls signed with Hot Productions.
The group took its new name from a then popular, designer brand of blue jeans (Trim), and added the L' prefix to give it a French feel. The song "Grab It!" became a local hit and was followed by an album of the same name. Later there was some controversy when JJ Fad released its hit "Supersonic" because some[who?] said it mirrored the cadence and style of "Grab It!" too closely. Shortly after, "Cars That Go Boom," an ode to subwoofers, became a top 40-hit and a national tour followed. Atlantic Records picked up the group's first album and signed a deal to distribute L'Trimm's second album, Drop That Bottom, which included a remix of "Grab It!" The album was a minor success.
L'Trimm became dissatisfied with the direction their music was taking once co-writers were put in charge of producing their third album, "Groovy". At the same time, Miami indie labels began to speculate that the Miami Bass sound would never break through to mainstream national audiences. As Hot Productions began to look for new creative inspiration, the group hired representation in the form of managers and lawyers. A stalemate was reached and the group abandoned the sessions of its third album, Groovy. With plenty of vocal outtakes left in the studio from previous sessions, Hot Productions continued creating the album without the artists' input. The resulting album had more of a house-music and New Jack Swing sound, sold poorly, failed to find the new market for which it was aiming and was poorly received by critics. Unwilling to compromise their creative input and unable to score another hit and with its youthful pop-rap style waning in popularity, L'Trimm disbanded.
Life after L'Trimm
Bunny D. has been married five times and has four children from her first four marriages. She has published a series of children's books and is working on a clothing line design. Lady Tigra moved back to New York City, where she managed nightclubs. In 2008, she moved to Los Angeles and released her first solo project, Please Mr. Boombox. She wrote and performed the jingle on the Pinkberry website and appeared on Nickelodeon's award-winning children's show Yo Gabba Gabba, where she performed Debbie Deb's "When I Hear Music". In 2010, she collaborated with writer/director J.B. Ghuhman Jr. and music producer Yeti Beats on the soundtrack of the award-winning movie "Spork", which had heavy references to 1990s pop-culture. The duo remains close, but have not released further material.
In 2008, "Cars with the Boom" was ranked number 95 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
- 1988: Grab It! (Atlantic 81925)
- 1989: Drop That Bottom (Atlantic 82026)
- 1991: Groovy (Atlantic 82300)
- Shapiro, Peter (2005) "L'Trimm", in The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-263-8
- 1st hand from Cornell Wiley