Kat Stacks – real name Andrea Herrera — was the bad chick who shook up the hip-hop game. Around 2010, if you were a rapper you did NOT want your name to cross her lips. Kat was all about exposing their ostensible taboos and dirty laundry, in a series of jaw-dropping, now-internet-infamous YouTube videos like this one. (Warning: That link is NSFW, obviously.)
Everyone from Nelly to Bow Wow to lesser-known Cash Money crew members came under fire (yes, NSFW again) in a series of call outs and beefs that stretched across social media. Soon, Kat became the most wanted woman in hip-hop – well, at least in certain circles of the industry.
But it turns out this was part of a larger story in which Kat was really the true victim, forced into sex trafficking as a teenager and later caught up in an immigration-law morass that led to her imprisonment for three years. Her story speaks to an intersection of hot-button issues: women’s exploitation in and around the music industry, the prevalence of sex trafficking within U.S. borders, and unjust deportation procedures.
Who Is Kat Stacks ?
Andrea Herrera, she is an internet personality well known for stirring controversy in the pop culture universe. Several YouTube videos featuring her have gone viral and she frequently appears on World Star Hip Hop.
Born in Venezuela, she came to the United States when she was eight years old. She has a son.
The Kat Stacks saga also speaks to a greater human truth. Before you condemn someone for the way they look, speak, or even act, it’s best to reserve judgment until you know their whole story.
A court decision from June 2011 has ordered the removal of Andrea Herrera, aka Stacks, who had her own mini web series on WorldStar Hip-Hop, amassed more than 250,000 Twitter followers and has been name-checked by the likes of Nicki Minaj and 50 Cent. Unfamiliar to most in the mainstream, her name, catch phrase (“It’s Kat Stacks, Bitch!”) and tales of romantic exploits with the likes of Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and Bow Wow went viral almost instantly and her blog reached over 24 million hits not long after its launch.
Stacks has been held at a Louisiana immigration detention facility since Nov. 2011 after being nabbed for residing illegally in the United States.
TROUBLED TEEN YEARS
Kat recalls a troubled, physically abusive home life in North Miami, where she lived with her mother, grandmother, and two uncles. “My mother was actually never home. My grandmother, she had mental issues,” she says. “