Latto, formerly known as Mulatto, is an American rapper based in Atlanta, Georgia. Born Alyssa Michelle Stephens on December 22, 1998, in Columbus, Ohio, she relocated to Georgia with her parents when she was just two years old.
Her parents, Mitsi Pitts and Shayne Pitts, are a mixed couple, which inspired Alyssa to rap under the moniker Miss Mulatto. She eventually changed her name after the word was deemed outdated.
As Latto, Stephens is best known for her stint on The Rap Game, a competitive TV show hosted by Jermaine Dupri and Queen Latifah. Alyssa ended up winning the show, which earned her a record deal with So So Def Records, which she ended up declining. Instead of signing to a label, Latto opted to stay independent.
The young rapper’s indie status hasn’t stopped her from soaring to success—she’s broken through into the mainstream with hits like “Bitch from da Souf,” “Muwop,” and more. She’s now been nominated for numerous awards, including Best New Hip-Hop Artist at the 2020 BETs. Her first full-length record, Queen of the Souf, dropped on December 22, 2020, Alyssa’s birthday.
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