Da Brat Wants To Glam Up Her Image
I used to love Da Brat. She was such a positive female rapper…until she decided to act out by assaulting some waitress and got locked up for like 3 years. Her music was awesome though. Anyone remember her song :What Do You Like”? That used to be my jam!!! Well, Brat is out although she has to keep on an ankle monitor. She recently chatted it up with Vibe about prison life, the Nicki Minaj-Lil’ Kim beef, Mariah Carey’s pregnancy, losing her braids and more:
Brat, welcome back! JD was tweeting like crazy about your release. Can we expect to find you on Twitter anytime soon?
[Laughs Oh yeah I’m figuring out how to work all that Twitter stuff now. I haven’t been around a computer for a minute ’cause we don’t have computer access in state facilities. But JD just put me on to Global 14 and I’ve heard of Twitter and there’s a Facebook page with a perpetrator pretending to be me. But I don’t have a Facebook page yet! [Laughs I’ll have that and a Twitter page though by the end of the week. I don’t know what my name will be yet, but I’m going to figure it all out. Twitter’s the thing to do now so I gotta get into it.
Indeed. There are a lot of folks that would lose their minds without Twitter in prison. How did you spend your days in the pen?
They had a lot of things for us to do. We went out to rec and played sports. They had auto paint and auto body, they had computer classes. It was almost like a college situation, except you can’t leave [laughs. I wrote a book. I did quite a few things. Then I became a third shift orderly where at night I stayed up with a crew of homegirls and we cleaned the showers, buffed the floors, we had our headphones on bumping our cds. We made the best of it.
You mentioned writing a book and back when I spoke with your sister LisaRaye she mentioned it but wanted you to explain it once you got out. So now the stage is all yours.
Ha, it starts off talking about my life and growing up. How I was selling dope for a hot second, was in a gang for a hot second. My father was a gangster. Just different things. I was in a church playing drums. I want people to know there isn’t just one side of Brat. I’m not just a rapper. It goes through my whole life story and could possible be a movie. So I’m just putting the finishing touches on it now.
Nice. Are you going to switch up your braids for a fresh start?
My hair is my glory. I’m definitely going to switch up the braids. It’s time to do some different things. It might be braided, but also straight or the big curly look. I like the big curly look on me so I’m going to get with my hair girl. I’m ready to dibble and dabble more. I’m ready to do the glam thing but with my Brat swag. I wanna add some more femininity. I’ma bring back some “What Do You Like” Brat. I’m kind of tired of the braids, but at the same time I’m comfortable.
Well the sexy tomboy look is in. Are you feeling Nicki Minaj’s swag?
I listened to Nicki Minaj’s album and liked it. She’s not keeping herself in a bubble. I like the diversity and that it’s working for her. Because at one point they weren’t letting female rappers do too much. It was either your selling sex or your being hard. But she gets to do both. That’s a good thing.
Now what about her and Lil’ Kim’s beef?
My personal thoughts on beefing… when it’s only like 6 of us left still trying to put out records… it’s not enough for us to beef. It makes no sense to me. But if that’s what they do let them do that.
How did you find out about Mariah’s pregnancy?
Oh man! I talk to Mariah often and her and Nick came to see me. I knew about the miscarriage and I know she’s having the twins. And I know she only wanted to do it one time. They are like the cutest couple, they both are eternally 12. I swear! They’re big kids.
Who else came out to visit you?
Of course my sister. JD couldn’t take it… He said he didn’t want to see me in that light. But he was very supportive and wrote me all the time. People talked shit but he was very supportive. Gave me everything I needed. Kat Williams came to see me. All my family and friends.
Who was most surprising visitor?
Mariah and Nick surprised me! I saw someone from their crew and said ‘Oh shit!’ I would’ve never thought that she would’ve came, she’s so girly! But that’s what real friends do.
And we’re excited for you! What lessons are you taking with you in this new life chapter now?
A lot! I wasn’t locked up with no dummies. I learned a lot. I’m probably way more criminally minded than I was before [laughs. I’m wiser. I’m smarter. I have more patience. I learned not to take things for granted like going to the studio. Like ‘Damn, I shoulda, coulda, woulda done this. When JD told me to come to the studio I shoulda went.’ I gotta make up for this lost time and take advantage. 2 ½ years is a lot. And now they got me on an ankle monitor so they ain’t fucking with me! But I’m out!