Da Brat Says She Was A “Boss Bitch” In Prison
“People washed for me, they cooked for me all the time, I got my hair braided for like two dollars. I got manicures. It was gravy,” Brat said. “I had to put a couple of people in check. You just gotta be like ‘Yo, that sh*t don’t happen over here’ and you cuss they ass out. Then, they be like ‘Oh, ok.’ But after you set the precedent that you are not to be f*cked with, they don’t test you. After that, I rode it out like a damn surfboard in there.”
Born Shawntae Harris, Da Brat was incarcerated for a 2007 altercation at a nightclub in Atlanta. After completing a three-year sentence for aggravated assault, she’s now under house arrest for the next few months (“I have this nice leg monitor jewelry. I’ma put some Swarovski Crystals on this,” she said). Hungry to get back in the game, Brat also says she wishes she could have been on Ludacris‘s hit “My Chick Bad” (“that is one song I wanted to be on. Ugh! I would have killed that”) and she’s not mad at Nicki Minaj‘s current success (“As long as everyone gets their paper then that’s what’s up. It’s enough for everybody”).
When Brat’s classic debut album Funkdafied came out in 1994 (she was the first solo rapper to go platinum), I was a 14-year-old tomboy running the streets, rocking the same baggy gear she did. I’ve come a long way since then and from the sounds of this interview with her yesterday, it’s not clear if Brat has done the same. Let’s hope she’s ready to get back to it and give the hip-hop world some of her best work to date.