Da Brat ‘Grateful’ to Be Out of Prison, Preps New Book & Music
Fresh off her release from prison, Da Brat is excited to get back into the swing of things. The female rapper is prepping tons of new projects including new music, a book, and getting up to speed on Twitter. Earlier this week, the 36-year-old completed a three-year bid for assaulting a waitress with an alcohol bottle back in 2007, and her new found freedom has changed her outlook on just about everything.
“It feels great,” Brat told The BoomBox about her new found freedom. “I’m still on house arrest, but I can do everything I need to do inside the house. I probably don’t need to go out right now anyway, so I’m blessed.”
Being confined to a cell where her structured routine included waking up at 7AM, cleaning her cell every morning for inspections from the warden, and keeping busy with prison activities, the Chicago native now appreciates the little things. “I get to sleep on a regular bed. I get to eat regular food. I get access to my computer to see what’s going on in the world, because in there I didn’t have access to a computer. I’m just grateful to be out. I’ve been feeling great since I got out. I felt great when I was in there [because] I woke up every morning. You learn to count your blessings, to be grateful for the little things when you’re in a place like that.”
During her time behind bars Brat joined a prison “office club,” where she began work on her autobiography aptly titled, ‘Insubordination.’ The name was inspired by a trip to solitary confinement, which she says was the result of a young prison guard looking to “show off” by slapping her with the disciplinary action. “The book is pretty much about my life and lot of things that I have been through that nobody knows that I have been through, except the people close to me and my family. I think it’s a great book. It’s probably going to end up being some type of movie. I’m not trying to brag on it but everybody who reads it, they can’t put it down!” ‘Insubordination’ is currently without an ending, and will be released once Da Brat is able to have it professionally edited.
As previously reported, halfway through her sentence, Brat got a small taste of freedom through a prison work-release program that allowed her to work for a local company in Atlanta making windows. But even with the new skill under her belt, music remains her main goal, and although she has yet to get into the studio, she plans on following the lead of longtime friend Jermaine Dupri in plotting her return to the business. “The first thing that I wanna do is make some records,” Brat says. “I’m ready to record and make some songs. JD is ready with the equipment, with microphone, with a few beats, so I’m ready to knock them out as they come one by one.”
“I haven’t recorded in like two and a half years, so I don’t know what it’s gonna sound like,” she says. “I’m going to do a mixtape first, or whatever JD thinks.” Despite missing out on the social media craze of the past three years, Brat’s already jumped on Dupri’s Global 14 website. “There’s a fake Facebook page that’s not me,” she adds. ‘I’m doing my Twitter tonight. I’m just catching up on all this stuff.”
With hip-hop stars making news for going in and out of prison, and boosting their street cred in the process, Brat wants to make sure that breaking the law isn’t glorified, and urges her fans to stay on the straight and narrow. “You don’t wanna go to prison because you’re going to miss the people who love you,” she warns. “You’re going to miss your everyday life, and you’re going to miss everything that you take for granted right now. It’s not a good idea to go to prison. Trust me. I know.”
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