Khia Shamone Finch ( /ˈkaɪ.ə/ KY-ə; born Khia Shamone Chambers, November 8, 1970), better known just as Khia, is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, and record producer. Khia was born Khia Shamone Chambers on November 8, 1970 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 during ninth grade and attended an alternative school afterwards. In 1991, Khia had her first child, a daughter also named Khia. In 1992, she moved to Hawaii when the father was stationed there and had her second child with him, a son named Rashawn. Before becoming 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. 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. Thug Misses entered the American Billboard 200 chart at #175 but later topped the Billboard Independent Albums chart and peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on the Top R/Hip-Hop Albums chart.


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