Khia Shamone Finch (/ˈk.ə/ KY; born Khia Shamone Chambers, November 8, 1977), better known as just Khia, is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, and record producer.

Early life

Khia was born Khia Shamone Chambers on November 8, 1977 in Philadelphia and was raised in its Germantown neighborhood, and she moved to Tampa, Florida when she was 11. Khia attended Dowdell Middle School and Hillsborough High School. She was expelled from Hillsborough throughout ninth grade and attended an alternative school afterwards. In 1991, Khia had her first child, a daughter additionally named Khia. In 1992, she moved to Hawaii when the father was stationed there and had her second child, a son named Rashawn, while she was living with him. In 1998, Khia was introduced to her long lost family and was additionally bringing a new addition to the family, her niece Rosalyn Livingston. Before fitting a rapper, she worked as a bartender at Club XS in Tampa, Florida. Her mother Carol Belinda Chambers, who was a data entry specialist, died in 2001.

Music career

2002: Thug Misses

Khia released her debut album, Thug Misses in 2002 on Dirty Down/Artemis Records as a re-release from the original version by Divine Records. The lead single "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)" became a breakthrough single, charting at #42 on the Hot 100 chart and #12 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. MTV News reported that she wrote "My Neck, My Back" in 15 minutes. The single was additionally featured on the soundtrack of Fox's TV series Dark Angel. The second single, "You My Girl", was a dedication to her mother. The emotional track paying homage to her mother wasn't well received by radio and was panned by critics. Khia additionally performed this song on Miss Rap Supreme throughout a freestyle battle.

2003–2006: Gangstress

In 2004, Khia appeared on a track with Trick Daddy and Tampa Tony called "Jump On It" from Trick's album Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets. Khia's second album was supposed to be released in 2003 by the title "Street Preacher". The album was complete by mid-2003, and was set for released by the end of 2003, but the album got shelved for unknown reasons. In 2006 Khia recorded another album to be her second album, Gangstress.

Khia's second album, Gangstress, was released in July 2006 on Phase One Communications. It debuted at #67 on the Billboard R&B chart. Later in 2006, Khia additionally collaborated with Janet Jackson on her hit "So Excited", which peaked at #90 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

2007–2008: Nasti Muzik, Boss Lady Mixtape

After signing to Big Cat Records, and still with her own label Thug Misses Entertainment, Khia finished working on her third studio album, Nasti Muzik, released on July 22, 2008. "What They Do" was the first promotional single on the album, which featured Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane. The first single, "Be Your Lady", was produced by Tampa's Push-a-Key Productions. Khia promoted the up-and-coming album by releasing a mixtape entitled The Boss Lady, which was hosted by DJ Scream.

Khia participated in the VH1 reality show Miss Rap Supreme in 2008. Khia was eliminated from the competition for rapping a song recorded prior to the show, "Respect Me".

2009–2012: Motor Mouf/Khia Shamone

Khia began working on her fourth album, MotorMouf aka Khia Shamone, in 2009. On May 4, 2010, she released the lead single from the album, "Been a Bad Girl". A video for the single was shot in New York by Clifton Bell. The song showed a different, more sensitive side of the rapper. Following its release, Khia stopped by a local ABC News show to promote the single. In 2010, she told the website HipHopDX that the album will feature her singing instead of rapping on a few of its cuts. A second single, a smooth R&B song, "So Addicted", followed "Been a Bad Girl". That track was compiled on the Khia Shamone section of the album. She's after released the singles, "Pay Your Pussy Bill" and "Georgia" from the album. MotorMouf aka Khia Shamone was released on July 17, 2012.

2013–2014: Love Locs

The official "Love Locs" album cover was revealed on March 30, 2014 on Khia's Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. Khia released the You Deserve It video onto YouTube on May 29, 2014. On June 26, Khia announced via Twitter that the deluxe version was to contain 30 songs. She additionally revealed the deluxe edition cover art. The album was released on July 4.


Published works

  • Love Yourself Hoe (2014)
  • Ignoring the Signs (2014)