In case you missed it, Da Brat was released from prison a few days ago and is already doing interviews. Today she did an interview with Vibe where she talks about life in prison, JD, Nicki Minaj/Lil Kim beef, Mariah Carey and more:
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.
How were your nights resting in a cell?
I didn’t call my room a cell. That was my suite. I had to lay my head there so I made the best of it. It was comfortable for me. Once they do inspection you gotta have it clean, but when that’s done I had posters on there, everything.
Say word. Posters of who?
R. Kelly, Tyson Beckford, Tyrse… I had posters of a lot of people. Fashion stuff from magazines of things I liked. Gucci ads, the Louis ads, pictures of stuff I was planning on getting when I got out. I had pictures of Jordans. I hooked my cell out and made it look like my bedroom.
And you never got in trouble?
Nah, inspection usually happens in the morning, but once that’s done it’s all you.
On what she thinks of Nicki Minaj
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.
Safe to say you’d do a collab then?
Hell yeah I would.
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 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!
To check out the rest of the interview, go here.