Vita (rapper)

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Vita
Vita&Ja.jpg
Vita with Ja Rule in 2001
Background information
Birth nameLaVita Gwendolyn Raynor
Also known asHot Totti
Born (1976-01-27) January 27, 1976 (age 43)
Plainfield, New Jersey
GenresHip hop, gangsta rap
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1998–present
LabelsMurder Inc Records
Associated actsTotal, Ja Rule, Ashanti, N.E.R.D, Lil' Mo, Irv Gotti, DMX, Cadillac Tah, Black Child

LaVita Gwendolyn Raynor[1] (born January 27, 1976) known simply as Vita, is an American rapper, lingerie designer and actress. She is most known as an actress for playing DMX's side chick Kionna in the 1998 film Belly. As a rapper she is known for her appearances on the songs: Lapdance by N.E.R.D, Put It on Me by Ja Rule, and Down 4 U by Irv Gotti. Her sister is Kima Raynor of Total. In 2014, Vita was included in Billboard's list of the "31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop".[2]

Career[edit]

Raynor had a minor role in the 1998 film Belly as a 16-year-old girl named Kionna who is one of Tommy's girlfriends. In the same year she also appeared in the video of the song "break ups 2 make ups" by Method Man and D'Angelo, playing the formers' girlfriend. Raynor was signed as the first lady of Murder Inc. Records. She appeared as a guest vocalist on numerous songs including on "Irv Gotti Presents The Inc" on the songs "Down 4 U" and "Here We Come" and recorded her own album, La Dolce Vita, however it was never released,[3] with the first single "Justify My Love" not gaining attention. Madonna shut her down from making her re-make original, as she recorded a version with her rapping, but Madonna did not clear the version with the rap.[4][5] The label later went defunct and Vita faded into obscurity. Her debut album was later released on DatPiff. She made a comeback in 2012 with the mixtape, Pre-cumm, a title given for "pure shock value"; she's also worked on producing a lingerie line.[6][7][8] In 2017 she released different songs and videos together with European rapper CHG Unfadable.[9]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Album details
Pre-cumm
  • Released: May 8, 2012
  • Label: Murder Inc Records
  • Format: Digital download

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1998 Belly Kionna
2005 Blue Sombrero Angelina

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/artist/211100-Vita-3
  2. ^ "Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop". Billboard. Archived from the original on 18 October 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  3. ^ Tara Aquino (15 May 2012). "Eve". Complex. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Vita Takes It Easy On Upcoming Album". MTV.com. Archived from the original on August 9, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2001.
  5. ^ Hall, Rashaun (7 July 2001), "They're playing my song", Billboard
  6. ^ "Female Rappers You Loved + Forgot About: Where Are They? - VH1". VH1 News. Archived from the original on 17 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  7. ^ ABC News. "Before There Was Nicki Minaj: 8 Female Rappers Who Went MIA – ABC News". ABC News. Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  8. ^ HipHopDX (24 March 2014). "Vita Says Murder Inc. Didn't "Go As Far" As It Was Supposed To". HipHopDX. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  9. ^ "CHG feat. Vita - Murda Babe @CHGUNFADABLE - HIP HOP & HYPE". www.hiphopandhype.com. Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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