Nikki D

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Nichelle "Nikki D" Strong is an American female rapper.[1] Nikki D was the first female rapper signed by Def Jam Recordings.


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. Later Nikki D released the more commercially acceptable song, "Daddy's Little Girl" some two years later, which reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart.[2]

Prior to releasing "Daddy's Little Girl", Nikki D 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, Nikki D 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


1990 "Lettin' Off Steam" Daddy's Little Girl
1991 "Daddy's Little Girl" 19 31 1 34 75
"Hang On Kid"
1993 "Freak Out" 20 single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 132. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Nikki D Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nikki D - US Dance Club Songs". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nikki D - US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nikki D - New Zealand chart". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Official Charts Company: Nikki D". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 

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