ⓘ 3D Na'Tee

                                     

ⓘ 3D NaTee

Samantha Davon James, better known by her stage name 3D NaTee, is an American rapper, songwriter, and video director. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in the 3rd Ward. 3D NaTee 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.

                                     

1. Early life

In middle school, 3D NaTee improved her skills by what is called in New Orleans, ribbin rib - ing, better known as playing "the Dozens"; a word game, characteristic for black US communities, with two players insulting each to the point of surrender of one of them.

In 1999, she began recording with local label called Clientell Records. Over the next five years, she recorded multiple mixtapes under the "Snypa Squad" and got featured on other projects by Clientell Records. However, in 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina, Clientell Records dismantled and 3D NaTee, who had previously established herself as a battler rapper amongst the local rap scene in New Orleans, released her first mix tape project 3s 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.

                                     

2. Career

After the local success of her first two releases and her 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 Whos Coming 2 Dinner. That video piqued 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 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 Whos Coming 2 Dinner which spoofed many mainstream hip hop artists, 3D NaTees music has been described as controversial and sometimes offensive. That song also shared the title of her for mix tape released in 2010.

Guess Whos Coming 2 Dinner The Mixtape lead to 3D NaTee 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.

In early 2011 3D NaTee was featured on MTVs SuckerFree Freestyle hosted by DJ Envy. 3D NaTee and Syleena collaborated on a song called Go Head.

July 27, 2011 3D NaTee 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 NaTee to Miamis 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 NaTee to sign to Timbalands production company Mosely Music Group and to be managed by members of Timbalands management team. 3D NaTee and Timbaland later announced via Twitter that she was no longer a part of Timbalands company because she decided not to sign the contract presented. In a later interview, 3D NaTee 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 NaTees 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 Entertainments Lex Luger, Maybach Music Groups 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 MMGs Young Shun was the #9 most requested song in the country. The Coronations second release, Lil Kim produced by Casa Di gained recognition as well as being 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 fathers 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 Chamillionaire, who featured 3D NaTees video on his social site chamillionaire.com.

                                     

3. Discography

Albums

  • 2012: The Coronation Rerelease Plus Bonus Tracks
  • 2017: Songs That Didnt Make the Tape, Vol. 1
  • 2016: The Regime

Mixtapes

  • 2012: The Coronation
  • 2010: Guess Whos Coming 2 Dinner
  • 2008: Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown