News: Jermaine Dupri Defends Not Visiting Da Brat In Prison, "I Don't Want To Deal With That Situation"

Thursday, Dec 17, 2009 4:55PM

Written by Biz Jones

Music mogul Jermaine "JD" Dupri has revealed his personal reasons for not visiting incarcerated rapper/associate Da Brat and suggested the public should mind their own business.

Although JD has not seen her in-person, the former Island Def Jam president said he has found other ways to stay in contact.

"I spoke to her via letters back and forth and she's good. She's ready to come home and do what she gotta do," Jermaine Dupri told V-103's Ryan Cameron. "We are basically on the move to try and get her out...Those [critics], they don't really know me like that to say nothing about what I'm doing with my personal situation with Da Brat. When Brat come home, I am going to be the person that takes care of her and make sure she gets back on her feet and do what she gotta...that's just like everybody talking about Tiger Woods. We know nothing about the situation and everybody should shut up...I felt a certain way about seeing Brat in jail. That's my little sister and I don't really want to deal with that situation like that. I would prefer dealing with getting her out and seeing that day as opposed to going to see her...only reason I am saying this on the air is because I explained this to Brat. In my letter, I let her know the same thing." (All Hip Hop)

She was given a three year prison sentence last year on an assault conviction.

Da Brat, born Shawntae Harris, copped a guilty plea to aggravated assault today (August 22) in a DeKalb County courtroom. In addition to the jail time, Superior Court Judge Gail Flake also sentenced the rapper to seven years probation and 200 hours of community service. Upon leaving the courtroom the popular '90s rapper - known for her collaborations with hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri as well as her stints in a string of VH1 reality shows - appeared confident. "I love y'all," she said to about six weeping relatives as they replied, "We love you too." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The time stemmed from a 2007 physical confrontation with another female.

Da Brat got into a heated confrontation with one of the club's waitresses and was accused of striking the woman in the face with a bottle of rum, causing numerous cuts on her face. The waitress was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police said the Halloween attack wasn't the first time Da Brat and the victim were involved in a physical altercation. (MTV)

In light of artists like Lil Boosie and Da Brat doing time, SOHH spoke with Lil Scrappy to get his take on rappers being placed behind bars.

"I don't know how to react cuz, 'cause it's like d*mn, if anybody noticed, this is the most rappers that done got locked up," Scrappy explained. "I'ma tell you what it is though, it's from certain n*ggas feeling like 'I'm a rapper, I can do whatever the f*ck I wanna do,' and not saying I'm a boss and do whatever I wanna do. If you a boss and you doing whatever you wanna do, you still gonna do it where you gonna be good, you not gonna just be 'Oh, I f*cked up cuz, now I got eight years.' Nah, not like that, they gonna be like 'Eh, I did whatever I had to do, I'm good.' N*ggas be going out their character, cuz. They doin' sh*t they wouldn't even do and they get f*cked up." (SOHH)

Look down below to see Lil Scrappy speaking with SOHH about jailed rappers:

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