Coco Latt’e, Loyal To Music


“I wasn’t like the other girls, I liked to be different.”

Born Courtnee Marie Shipman on October 3, 1992, Coco Latt’e was given the nickname “Coco” by her grandmother. Growing up a tomboy was part of her youth, but she enjoyed to sing competing in school talent shows and being a part of the church choir. Growing up Coco remembers being referred to as the chubby brown girl that sang. In a way that affected her so she began to write about her feelings turning them into poems. Around the age of 12 she wrote her first rap. Not long after the start of high school she became a part of NControl where music and video production programs were offered. Due to her lack of confidence, Coco took up acting hoping that getting out of character would help her build self-confidence.

After the devastating loss of one of her twin sisters due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), it was a confusing time for the family. Coco was at a place where death had never been so close and it really got the best of her. She ran away at the age of 16 and lived with friends and is where she would play around with music, freestyle, and just zone out. During this time Coco began to suffer academically, lost her job, and respect from her family. Knowing that she wanted more for her life she returned home after 4 months and had to start over.

Coco desired to graduate from high school and be the 1st in the family (besides her mom) to do so. She found focus and graduated from high school in 2011 becoming a stronger-more-determined woman. Coco can’t control how she feels about music, she just knows this is how it is and this is what she loves to do. Throughout her struggle she remained loyal to music and that won’t change.

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