Jatavia-Shakara-Johnson
Jatavia Shakara Johnson | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Jatavia Shakara Johnson
  • Occupation Rapper, Musician, Singer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Miami, Florida, USA
  • Birth Date Dec 03, 1992
  • Age 28 Years, 10 Months
One Half of the South Florida-based Female Hip Hop Duo, City Girls

Jatavia Shakara Johnson | Biography

City Girls launched their debut song ‘Fuck Dat Nigga’ in August 2017

Jatavia Shakara Johnson began her musical journey with Brownlee in 2017 when they were motivated to record following an altercation with some individuals. The duo purchased a beat from their friend and producer Chad Thomas, known as MajorNine. The beat used rapper Khia Shamone Finch’s raunchy 2002 hit ‘My Neck, My Black.’ The duo then recorded a diss track ‘Fuck Dat Nigga’ as City Girls at Johnson’s father’s in-home studio as a joke. 


Jatavia Shakara Johnson, alias JT, is an American rapper. She rose to fame as the one half of the South Florida-based female hip hop duo, City Girls.

Who is Jatavia Shakara Johnson?

Jatavia Shakara Johnson is an American rapper and one-half of the female hip hop duo City Girls. She and her friend Caresha Brownlee, a.k.a Yung Miami, recorded their first song titled ‘Fuck Dat Nigga’ as City Girls in August 2017. The duo then released their first mixtape titled Period in May 2018. They later released their first studio album, Girl Code, in November 2018. Their second studio album, City on Lock, was released in June 2020.

Early Life

Jatavia Shakara Johnson was born on 3 December 1992 in Miami, Florida. In a December 2019 interaction with Hotnewhiphop.com, Johnson shared how her mother was a drug addict and ruined her childhood. She said, “My mother was an addict I hate drugs I don’t even smoke weed. I get upset about it too drugs ruined my child hood!”

Johnson met her future rapping partner, Caresha Brownlee, known as Yung Miami, through mutual friends during her early teenage years. Johnson knew Brownlee’s middle school best friend, and Brownlee was close with Johnson’s cousins. At age 17, Johnson and Brownlee used to go to block parties, clubs, and strip clubs with their friends.

Career Beginning

Johnson began her musical journey with Brownlee in 2017 when they were motivated to record following an altercation with some individuals. The duo purchased a beat from their friend and producer Chad Thomas, known as MajorNine. The beat used rapper Khia Shamone Finch’s raunchy 2002 hit ‘My Neck, My Black.’ The duo then recorded a diss track ‘Fuck Dat Nigga’ as City Girls at Johnson’s father’s in-home studio as a joke. 

Even though the song was just recorded and released for fun, it started making waves. However, in the meantime, Johnson was arrested and held on credit card fraud charges. This left Brownlee the burden of judging whether the song they had recorded for fun could become their career. In such an unusual situation, Brownlee decided to promote the music. She told The Fader in August 2018 that when Johnson was in jail, she promoted the song by paying DJs to play the track in strip clubs. After that, the song quickly gained hundreds of thousands of plays. 

The song also appeared on Quality Control: Control the Streets, Vol. 1. The compilation debuted at the top of Billboard’s ‘R&B/Hip-Hop’ chart. It also reached number five on the Billboard 200 chart. In addition, the duo made the official music video of their first single featuring rapper Trina. The music video appeared in January 2018.

Signing a Deal

When the duo’s song ‘Fuck Dat Nigga’ started taking off, it caught the attention of Quality Control Music’s Pierre “Pee” Thomas and Kevin “Coach K” Lee. Johnson and Brownlee soon signed with the record label Quality Control Music in the fall of 2017. According to Brownlee, they were in confusion when they signed with the record label. In an interview with Rolling Stone in July 2018, Brownlee said, “When we got signed, we said to each other, ‘Man, we ain’t no rappers for real. We finna sign this contract like we playin’ with these people!’” However, she said Thomas and Lee helped turn them into artists during the recording process of their mixtape Period.

Music and Albums

In May 2018, City Girls released their first mixtape, Period, which went to number 16 on Billboard’s ‘Heatseekers Albums’ chart the same month. The mixtape also ranked 26th on Rolling Stone’s ’30 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2018.’ 

Two months later, the duo rose to prominence after assisting with songwriting and vocal contributions to Canadian rapper Aubrey Drake Graham, a.k.a. Drake’s song titled ‘In My Feelings.’ The track became a number one pop hit in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and several other territories.

First Studio Album

The hip-hop duo released their first studio album, Girl Code, in November 2018. The album featured vocals from rappers including Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, Dominique Armani Jones, and Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax, known by their professional names Cardi B, Lil Baby, and Jacquees respectively. The album reached number 31 on Billboard’s ‘Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums’ chart and 63 on Billboard 200. In 2019, the duo released several singles, including ‘Act Up.’

Second Studio Album

On 19 June 2020, City Girl’s second studio album, City on Lock, leaked online. Johnson announced hours later that the album would be released at midnight on the same day. The album featured appearances from Doja Cat (Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini), Lil Baby, Lil Durk (Durk Derrick Banks), and Yo Gotti (Mario Sentell Giden Mims).

The hip-hop duo released a new single titled ‘Twerkulator’ on 21 May 2021.

Personal Life

After being held on credit card fraud charges, Johnson pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft in January 2018. In July 2018, Johnson was reported to jail for a two-year jail sentence. She was then released from federal custody on 7 March 2020.

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