Name: Shawntae “Da Brat” Harris
Crime: Convicted of felony aggravated assault against waitress Shayla Stevens during a 2007 Halloween party at Jermaine Dupri’s Atlanta club, Studio 72. Stevens was struck on the head with a bottle of rum, resulting in multiple lacerations and bruises, as well as permanent scars on her face. Brat was sentenced to three years in jail, in addition to seven years probation and 200 hours of community service.
Began Sentence: August 22, 2008
Expected Release: August 2011
THIS IS WHY SHE’S HOT…
Cred: Signed to Dupri’s So So Def label, Brat released her debut disc, Funkdafied, in 1994. Spearheaded by hits like “Fa All Y’all” and the title track, the album shot to No. 1 on the R&B/hip-hop album charts and marked the first time a female rapper would sell over a million copies. A hardcore alternative to the sex kitten female MC standard, Da Brat could rhyme with the best of them and looked prime to be sitting on top of the world before she threw anuthatantrum.
Pre-Jail Buzz: Quiet on the musical front since 2003’s Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz, Da Brat had a jaw pants-droppin’ cameo on Dem Franchize Boyz’s “I Think They Like Me (Remix)” in 2006. The following year, she made her reality TV debut on the fifth season of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club.
Release Therapy: Based on her Franchize Boyz verse it’s clear that Da Brat’s still got it. She’s scheduled to be home next summer and could easily hop back in the studio with JD and come out with another smash. Plus, with the lack of quality female MCs coming out, the game just needs her.