Nikki D

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Nikki D
Birth nameNichelle Strong
Born (1968-09-10) September 10, 1968 (age 51)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1987–1995
LabelsDef Jam
Associated acts

Nichelle Strong (born September 10, 1968[2]), known by her stage name Nikki D is an American rapper.[3] Strong is credited as the first female rapper signed to Def Jam Records.


Born in Newark NJ, later moved to Los Angeles, California where she signed with Def Jam in 1989 and released her debut single "Lettin' Off Steam" the same year. It was produced by Sam Sever. The single's video featured Flavor Flav. In 1992, Strong released the more commercially acceptable song, "Daddy's Little Girl". The song which appeared on the Indie film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. soundtrack, reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart.[4]

Prior to releasing "Daddy's Little Girl", Strong was on tour in Europe for a year with fellow R&B artist Alyson Williams. Nikki D has recorded songs with Moby, Queen Latifah on the Set It Off soundtrack, with Redman for his Muddy Waters album, EPMD, Naughty By Nature, Flavor Unit and Suzanne Vega.[citation needed] In 1998, Strong became the vice president of A&R at Flavor Unit Records, a position she held for two years. Today she is the marketing manager at "Phat Fashions", the apparel company that houses Phat Farm, Baby Phat, and Atman.




Year Single Peak positions Album
US Dance


1989 "Lettin' Off Steam" Daddy's Little Girl
1991 "Daddy's Little Girl" 19 31 1 59 34 75
"Hang On Kid"
1993 "Freak Out" 20 single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


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  2. ^ "The Billboard Book of Top 40 R & B and Hip-hop Hits". Google Books. Billboard. 2006. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 132. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ a b "Nikki D Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Nikki D - US Dance Club Songs". Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Nikki D - US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  8. ^ "Nikki D - New Zealand chart". Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Official Charts Company: Nikki D". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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