Chi-Town’s Very Own DaBrat Opens Up And Talks About Going To Jail, Empire And Staying In Shape

Shawntae Harris, better known as “Da Brat,” made the world sit up and take notice when she entered the hip hop world in 1991. Harris debut album Funkdafied sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to have a platinum–selling album, and the second overall female rap act (solo or group) after Salt N Pepa.

She also has celebrity ties that run in her family. LisaRaye McCoy is the older half-sister of rapper Da Brat; they share the same father.

Though, her well publicized three-year stint in prison pumped the brakes on her career for a while, she’s back in the entertainment business with full force. The feisty tomboy, known for her bracing personality and innovative rhymes, is here to stay with her new gig. Fans may not know that Da Brat began her journey with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show as a guest, and later turned that into a permanent position. Syndicated in over 65 markets, the program has brought Da Brat to a happy place in life.

Da Brat

photo Credit: @sosobrat (Instagram)

“There are a lot of artists that fell off and no one cares about where they are, or what they’re doing so I am blessed in a major way,” said Da Brat.

On Why She Went To Prison

“I think God does everything for a reason and it was meant for me to sit down and regroup and think things over and realize I shouldn’t take anything for granted. I have to be very careful about my actions and what I say to people and how I react. I think I am a better person, a wiser person, a smarter person who is not going to take anything for granted anymore.”


On Her Body

In 2000, Da Brat’s fan’s got another side of her when she unleashed her feminine side in the video, “Whatchu Like.” It was something that people rarely got a chance to see since she mostly wore baggy, tomby-ish clothing. The video opened up a new dialogue about her body and body image.

When asked about the type of message she wants women to portray with their own bodies, Da Brat simply replies, “Be who you are! That’s the best thing you can be no matter what size or shape you are.”

A photo posted by DA BRAT (@sosobrat) on

Trying to keep in shape has been up and down for Da Brat, but she admits she likes to exercise. “Working out for me is like a stress reliever. It helps me.”

On Being On “Empire”

“Oh my God. Taraji is everything! She is just the epitome of an amazing actress. Her lines! I don’t know how she does it. Those scripts are so thick and she has to memorize the whole thing. She was easy to feed off of and play off of. She made it fun. When she got into character, it was so real. She was really like Cookie and not Taraji. It was crazy. I learned how to be spontaneous from her and ad-lib and do different things. Some of the things that we ad-libbed they liked, because she ad-libs a lot and they trust her judgment. I just had a great time feeding off her, saying my lines.”

Source: Black Doctor

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