Sarai (born Sarai Howard on January 23, 1981 in Kingston, New York) is a female rapper who began her career in the 2000s. Her record label dubbed her “Feminem” in order to draw comparisons between herself and rapper Eminem.
Growing up, Sarai’s mother played music such as Fleetwood Mac and her older brother played hip-hop music such as Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C. and NWA which influenced her so much, she wrote her first rap when she was 15 years old.
Two years later, Sarai and her friend took a trip to Atlanta, Georgia where she was introduced to music producer L.J. Sutton. In 2000, she left college to join L.J. in Atlanta. Sarai later got a record deal with Epic Records.
In 2001, Sarai was featured on the remix version of pop girl group P.Y.T.’s song “Same Ol’, Same Ol'” and also on a second remix on P.Y.T.’s debut album.
In 2002, she released her first single “Pack Ya Bags” which peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #90 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
In 2003, Sarai released her second single “Ladies” peaked at #19 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #28 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #38 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart.
During that same year, she released her debut album “The Original” which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart.
The album didn’t receive a lot of promotion by Sarai’s record label and there were rumors about a third single “Black & White” that was supposed to be released, but after Sarai was released from Epic Records, the single release was canceled. In 2006, Sarai appeared in the film “National Lampoon’s Pledge This!”
These days, Sarai continues to perform under the name “Miss Eighty Six” and works with Ali Dee Theodore and his company DeeTown Entertainment. She has written & performed music on various films & television shows.
To see a fan-made video for “Pack Ya Bags,” go to:
To see the music video for “Ladies,” go to: