Stephens was born in Ohio on December 22, 1998 to Misti Pitts and Shayne Stephens. She was raised in Clayton County, on the south side of Atlanta, where she attended Lovejoy High School. She discontinued her education to focus on her music career. Prior to doing music, she participated in drag racing. Stephens started rapping and writing her own raps at the age of ten. Identifying as biracial because of her black father and white mother, she adopted the stage name Miss Mulatto.
In 2016, she became a contestant on the Lifetime reality series The Rap Game, produced by Jermaine Dupri and Queen Latifah. The bcamp-style series followed young aspiring rappers in a competition against one another over a span of 8 weeks. Mulatto was the overall winner of the competition. She was offered a recording contract from Dupri with So So Def Records but ultimately turned down the deal claiming it wasn’t enough money, opting to be an independent artist.
Stephens released her first single, “No More Talking,” in February 2016. She collaborated with Lil Niqo, a fellow competitor from The Rap Game, on the 2016 single “Tough on the Internet.” She also won the Youth Hip Hop/R&B Award at the 2016 Georgia Music Awards. She released her first mixtape, “Latto Let Em Know,” in April 2017. The tape featured artists like Molly Brazy, Lil Key, Crucial, and Silento. Other notable singles include “Check Me Out” and “Response Diss.” The latter was a diss song directed toward Young Lyric, a fellow competitor from The Rap Game. The ongoing feud between the two resulted in diss tracks from both parties with insults about drug use, homosexuality, and past experiences from the show. She’s worked with other artists like 2 Chainz, Future, Janelle Monáe, and Jacob Latimore. Stephens closed out 2017 with an EP, “Time and Pressure.” The project had 6 tracks and included the single “Hurt” with Bandit Gang Marco.
In 2018, Stephens changed her stage name to the mononym, Mulatto. She received praise for her single “B***h From Da Souf,” released in January 2019. In May 2019, she was invited to perform at Rolling Loud, an annual rap/hip-hop music festival in Miami, Florida.
In June 2019, she released her EP entitled “Big Latto”. “Big Latto” was a huge hit!
Mulatto’s music is produced very well and her style of rapping is definitely her own. I can guarantee she will give Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliot a run for their money!!
Let me forewarn you before we venture into Mulatto’s world of music and videos. Her lyrics and videos are very very explicit. I’m not a huge fan of explicit lyrics, but let’s face it, it’s part of the hip hop culture and “what’s in”. However, her subject matter is not always boys, money, and cars. She does have some depth in her lyrics for sure.
Here are a couple of her videos:
“Response Diss” video (Produced by Blakkbeats)
“South Beach Freestyle” video (Produced by Spaghetti j)